Vocabulary and variety


English is a magical language. We have words with Latin and Saxon roots, some borrowed from Arabic or Celtic connections and still others adopted from distant colonies.

Over the centuries, “foreign” words have been mispronounced or have changed their meanings so that sometimes it is not easy to trace a route back to their origins. This has given us a complexity of sounds, all of which have to be represented by alphabetical combinations from a total of just 26 letters. No wonder English spelling seems difficult!

One option is to stick to the same words all the time. Use the simplest language you can and everyone will understand you.

But if you want to learn how to express yourself more precisely in English, you’ll need to increase your vocabulary. If you love the sounds of English, you’ll want to add to your choices. Not just synonyms and antonyms, but the onomatopoeia of “buzz” or the beauty of “lilies”.


Read and listen as widely as possible in order to give your vocabulary variety. Keep a record of words you meet and love. Use them frequently. Make them yours.


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