How to develop your ‘OWN VOCABULARY’ and improve Writing in 13 days
In IELTS, Writing and Speaking are difficult sections for non English Medium students. Above that, the answers and vocabulary used is not fixed and same for each and everyone like it is for Listening and Reading. In listening and reading the answers remain fixed and same for all students just like an answer of a sum in mathematics.
In writing and speaking one of major role is Vocabulary next to Grammar.
VOCABULARY is not the TOTAL NUMBER OF WORDS for which you know the MEANING. But VOCABULARY means THOSE SOPHISTICATED HARD WORDS which you can recollect and retrieve from the corner of your brain in less than 1 second while speaking or writing and apply them in practical life without need of time to wait for think or remember them.
You may know the meaning of 1000 such difficult words, but when you are asked to apply them and use it in your speech (fluently), even after knowing their meaning, you might not be able to use them. Those words are not your vocabulary.
When word ‘Vocabulary’ comes into the picture, everyone starts thinking of thousands of words and hundreds of pages like dictionary.
Whereas I am going to give you few amazing tips for scoring high in writing and speaking in IELTS. Now the first thing to be done at the earliest on top priority is to make your OWN VOCABULARY, seriously?
Yes your own Vocab. Seems like writing an encyclopaedia? Ready to become a short term author?
Here we go ! The fact is that you will soon start speaking high level, complex and sophisticated words. Trust me, it may sound over exaggerated but I bet you will start speaking English you might not have imagined in 6 hours!
Let’s begin, Step 1:
Now when I say creating your own vocabulary means first write down 50 difficult words which you think it will make the sentence sound very impressive. Now starts the technique, follow it honestly and with full dedication if you want unbiased and transparent result. While creating the list of these 50 difficult words, try to use a mixed combination of verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and few phrases also. arrange them in alphabetical order from A to Z and give serial number. Learn by heart these 50 words and phrases by speaking in order and repeating the same process 10 times. Don’t worry if you cannot remember all of them at first shot.
Take a plain paper and write the maximum number of words you remember from those 50 words you had learnt by heart. Give first priority to write in alphabetical order as that will force your brain to remember the words. But if you cannot remember them in alphabetical order then at least try to write maximum number of words, even randomly. Target here is to remember maximum number of words.
Check the total number of words you could write in step 2 and compare it with the original list Note down the words you missed separately and write them 5 times or simply mug up by saying them 15 times orally. I know most of you will opt for oral, 😉 that’s normal tendency but not really a shortcut as you remember more when you write something.
Take a blank paper again and now write down only those words you learnt in step 3
Take a fresh blank paper and now try to write all 50 words from beginning in alphabetical order
Select a cue card or any essay topic and write approx 100 words and try to make use of 15 words out of those 50 words you have learned. At first attempt don’t worry if you can make use of only few of them. Practice this for around 4 to 5 topics or essays.
By now you must be well aware about which 25 words are easy for you to remember and use in any kind of topic from those 50 words. Shortlist those 25 words and make the final list of those easy to remember words for you. These are actually complex and sophisticated words for the rest of the world but for you it’s just peanuts. Keep this list of 25 most important words on a small piece of paper every time with you for at least 4 to 5 days, in case you want refer them anytime across the day.
Try to speak on any random topic with your friend or family member and try to include as many words as you can from these 25 words. The interesting and good thing is that this vocabulary designed and developed by you is the shortest and yet most powerful tool for your speaking and writing tasks. You might be eager to know why only 25 words and not 50 or 75 words when there are millions of words in dictionary, the answer is that you have only 120 seconds to speak on any cue card and other 300 to 600 seconds for Followup questions in IELTS speaking whereas you have only 250 words in essay and 150 words in letter/graph, a total of 400 words only in IELTS Writing Test.
So if you use at least one hard word from your own vocabulary in each sentence they will form a good content to easily help you score at least 6.5 to 7 bands. Off course if your target is higher then you need a bigger vocabulary of 50 or 75 words.