Learn (and Use) New Words Together

by | Jul 15, 2020

Week 17: Ideas for expanding your vocabulary

A large vocabulary is directly related to large IQ! According to vocabularlyzone.com “The more you expand your vocabulary, the more information you can comprehend (including complex information). You will also be better able to express your own thoughts and ideas. A good vocabulary opens up countless opportunities for personal and cognitive growth.”

Challenge each other to use a new word every day.  Use the Word-of-the-Day feature at Dictionary.com or a page-a-day day calendar featuring new words. Express yourselves in inventive ways and see if your conversations aren’t just a bit more interesting from now on.

Commentary:

Doing this kind of stuff is so fun with young children. My son’s teachers have commented on several occasions how entertaining it is to listen to him speak because he has such a rich and florid vocabulary at 3.

I love language. I love hearing it used eloquently and persuasively and how a particular turn of phrase can change our perception of a concept or idea. Idioms are endlessly fascinating.

Isn’t language development a major reason why we read to our children?  If we read and encounter new words why don’t we bother to use them in our regular lives? Why do we resign ourselves to speaking in such a lackadaisical way?

Let’s not do that anymore ok? For this installment of the Family Bonding challenge, let’s expand our lexicon. Express yourselves in inventive ways and see if your conversations aren’t just a bit more interesting from now on. You’ll definitely have a good laugh and at minimum drastically improve your crossword skills.

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