ESL school in Boston

If you are looking to improve your English language skills for university, work, or social reasons, it’s important to work on your vocabulary. There are hundreds of thousands of words in the English language, and even native speakers don’t know them all!

The more words you know, the better your communication skills will be. It’s estimated that to hold a simple conversation you need around 1,000 words, to understand dialogue in films and TV you’ll need around 3,000, and to read a novel or academic textbook, you’ll need around 8,000. Read on to find out how to add more words to your vocabulary in a fun way.

Play Flashcard Games Outside of ESL Class

The secret to learning new words is repetition. You are never going to remember a word if you read, hear, or use it only once. It will just go in one ear and out the other! It is estimated that you need to hear, read, or use a word 17 times to remember it.

One of the best ways to memorize new words in a fun way is using flashcards outside of ESL lessons. Flashcards are quick and fun and can be used while you’re waiting for an appointment, travelling, or any other time.

You can also use flashcards on your phone with applications like Quizlet, rather than having to carry homemade cards with you. These apps also sometimes feature unique games to make learning new words fun.

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You could play flashcard games on your phone to improve your vocabulary

Watch Films and TV with English Subtitles

After a long day of learning English, you might just want to relax with a good TV series or film in your native language. A good way to improve your language skills without even realizing is to add English subtitles.

You will read them as you watch, and your brain will unconsciously absorb certain words and their spelling. As well as this, it will mean that words that you’ve recently learnt will be front of mind next time you need them. This is a great way to learn new words outside of an ESL class without even trying!

Spend Time with English-speaking Friends

While you study English in Boston, you will be completely immersed in the English language. You might live with a host family who speaks English around the home, listen to the local radio, and watch TV in English, or you will be surrounded by English speakers while on campus.

At ASC English, we organize plenty of social events for students to get to know each other. This is a great way to improve your vocabulary, as you will hear new words naturally. Don’t put pressure on yourself to learn them all – try to learn just one word a day, and you’ll notice a big difference.

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Hanging out with English-speaking friends will naturally improve your vocabulary

Are you interested in attending an ESL school in Boston?

Contact ASC English to learn more!