Sure, you study, you quiz yourself, and you march forward to mastery, but vocabulary learning isn’t truly language knowledge until you can use those words in everyday conversation. That’s what Vocab Challenge is all about!
For this Challenge, let’s look at the SAT: Design studylist.
Plenty of toothsome words to choose from there, eh?
Here’s how it works:
In the next week, try to use as many words from this studylist as you can in your everyday life. Not just in conversation, but also in emails, text messages, school papers, and any other verbal interactions you might have.
"My, what an impressive vocabulary you have!"
That’s all. Just keep those ten words in your mind and try to get them into your speech.
I can already hear you saying: But I have so many things to think about every day. How am I supposed to remember this too?
A few ideas:
- If ten words feels overwhelming, try focusing on two words a day to make it more manageable.
- Write them on your mirror with a bar of soap so you see them while you get ready in the morning.
- Post them on your Twitter or Facebook.
- Write yourself a note on your smartphone.
- Put them in your planner or your Google calendar.
- Make them part of your life!
"The difficulties of riding a bike in NYC -- especially in heels -- are truly unparalleled."
Then, keep track of your word usage over the week or just take note of your more interesting interactions and tell us all about it in the comments. I’m sure you’ll find myriad ways to incorporate the words, even if success seems elusive at times.
This post will stay at the top of the page for the whole week, so feel free to comment more than once and keep checking back for updates from your fellow VN-ers!