Here are some tips for improving your vocabulary.
1) Read. Vocabulary building is easiest when you see words in context. Seeing words appear in a magazine or a newspaper article is more helpful than seeing them appear on vocabulary lists. I also recommend turning on the English subtitles or Closed Caption when watching you favorite shows or videos on Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. Not only do you gain exposure to unfamiliar words, but you also see how they’re used.
2) Use the dictionary and thesaurus to find some synonyms and antonyms for any new words you learn.
3) Play word games. Classic games like Scrabble or crossword puzzles can function as a fun way to expand your English vocabulary.
4) Use flashcards. In today’s day and age, smartphone apps make flashcards convenient and easy to organize. Aiming for one new word a day is reasonable. You can always go for more, but it may not be a good idea to attempt to learn a lot of English words every single day.
5) Subscribe to “word of the day” feeds. Some web platforms will provide you with a word a day—either on a website, an app, or via email—to help you expand your vocabulary. You can check your thesaurus for some synonyms and antonyms and add these words to your flashcard word lists.
6) This is very important! It’s possible to have a huge vocabulary without actually knowing how to use the words. For that reason, you have to practice the words in conversation. This not only helps you not to forget the word, but you can practice the art of word choice. You could try by experimenting with the new words in Nova lessons. With a little bit of trial and error, and the help of Nova teachers, you will be able to hone in on the right word for a particular context.