Did it ever cross your mind that the words you choose to speak and write with are also the ones you use to think with?
The broader your vocabulary, the more extensive your thinking becomes. Vocabulary building is an essential, life-long skill we should never stop working on.
Vocabulary building is possible at every age
If you’re a teenager, you need to build your vocabulary. If you’re an adult, the same rule applies. Even if you’re in your forties or fifties and think that you’re too old to learn new vocabulary tricks, you need to improve your vocabulary. Each person will have slightly different reasons for needing a good vocabulary, but ultimately it comes down to this: vocabulary building helps you become a better, more confident communicator, no matter how old you are.
Open up a world of description and communication
A large vocabulary extends beyond the words we use to communicate with, which are often words describing simple thoughts and needs which we use primarily with our families and close friends.
However, when it comes to speaking with colleagues and strangers, your vocabulary is even more important. It’s the arsenal you have at your disposal through which you pick out the weapons of choice. You can choose the words that move people, or words to reprimand them. You can analyze the situation and pick the words you need to express love, anger, or frustration. The right words make your meaning clear.
Level the playing field for all children with better vocabulary
Researchers and educators raise red flags on vocabulary poverty, saying that the word gap between low-income students and their high-income peers is dangerously wide. Just like the wage gap creates huge differences in future earning potential among young adults of different genders and racial backgrounds, this word gap can create barriers to success for children across the country.
Poor students do not interact with, speak with, or listen to as many words as their more wealthy peers – largely because their parents spend more time at work, and don’t have the time to devote to at-home reading support. As a result, during a critical neurological growth, these children do not receive the stimuli to expand their vocabulary and sharpen their thinking. If they’re not getting enough support at school and at home for their reading, they may not develop a love for books. This issue affects children with learning difficulties even more acutely.
As a result, many children lag behind their peers, struggling to communicate, read, and study. In the end, these children often face severe disadvantages when it comes to their education and future.
We are still working towards equality in education, where all students irrespective of background and income can access the same quality education. Until then, we should also focus on instilling in children a love for books and reading, because this can be the cornerstone through which vocabulary poverty is exterminated.
The bigger your word arsenal, the bigger your advantage in battle
In a nutshell, you will be able to express yourself without others misconstruing your words.
You’ll have the words to inspire and influence others to act in ways that benefit you and your cause. You’ll have a magical wand of words that will resolve disputes and accurately describe situations in ways that do you justice and help others understand your message.
‘Tricky’ and ‘hard’ both mean difficult, but that doesn’t mean they’re interchangeable. Semantic nuances in words make some more apt than others in certain circumstances. Broadening your vocabulary will make you aware of these subtle differences and ultimately help you use the right word in the right context.
Open the door to success with the key to happiness
A strong vocabulary can lift you up and help you become the individual you one day hope to be. If your goal is to be the person who speaks eloquently and confidently in any situation, a person who inspires and teaches those around them, and someone who can use the right words in the right situation, then vocabulary improvement is the simple solution.
A strong vocabulary is the basis for lifelong learning. The more vocabulary you know, the more you’re inspired to learn and grow.