Since the outbreak of Covid-19, most people around the world have been stuck at home, bringing most economical activities to an abrupt halt. This still period opened up a panoply of questions on the best ways to make judicious use of the ample time available. For people who want to boost their brain health this quarantine period offers an uncanny opportunity to improve on the strength of their vocabulary building through different methods.
One of the best ways to increase your vocabulary is to binge-watch shows—especially if you are the type that likes watching TV! This is an effective and fun way to explore language, and to help your time at home pass quickly. To do this, decide which movies and shows suit your interest. For instance, if you are the type that is into the legalese, the television show, Suits would definitely come in handy in navigating technical legal jagon, at the same time, shows like Billions and Grey’s Anatomy offers insight into the world of corporate finance as its intercepts with the corporate law, and the lingo of the medical fields respectively.
If TV isn’t your idea of fun vocabulary games are a great option. Games like Pictionary or scrabble are the perfect combination of fun and learning. Apart from the physical scrabbling of words you can also install our app Word Tribe on IOS, Android, or Facebook, or other word games in the app stores. These apps come in handy when you are at home, or on the road. It is guaranteed that you will learn some new words every day, the challenge is to retain them through practice.
Perhaps one of the most intuitive ways to boost your vocabulary is by listening to podcasts. Podcasts offer an ingenious way learning because, you can listen to them while on the move, or while you’re cooking, cleaning, really any time. Podcasts, like the TV, offers many varieties of programs. From science focused to politics, there are close to a million podcasts to choose from. One of the most important aspects of a podcast is that it enables you to pick up conversations between speakers, which helps improve your listening and vocabulary skills. One of our favorite podcasts for learning about new topics is NPR’s Hidden Brain.
Another way to boost your vocabulary is by reading newspapers and magazines. Not only will keep yourself up to date with world affairs, you’ll certainly learn about new topics, and learn new words you can put to use.
Lastly, start keeping vocabulary notes with useful words and phrases in a notebook or on your computer. Jotting down new words and phrases can help you remember them and when used in context you’ll further ingrain them in your memory.