Improve Your Vocabulary | Study Tips | Grow your Vocabulary

Hello my Socratica friends! We’re here to help you be a great student. Today we’re going to talk about how to improve
your vocabulary. Building your vocabulary is essential if you
want to communicate your ideas effectively. It will help you write better papers, do better
on tests, and even improve your thinking overall. If you can perfectly describe a problem, you
are that much closer to solving it. The best place to improve your vocabulary
is right here, in the library. All the words you could ever dream of using
are found in these books. As a student, you read textbooks, but be sure
to read for pleasure as well. Read widely, read deep. Read that entire series of vampire novels! Read a fashion magazine! Read the back of your cereal box! When you’re reading and you come across
a word you don’t know, don’t ignore it. Underline it. This is your big chance! You may be able to figure out the gist of
what it means from the context. But you may not have deduced the EXACT meaning
of the word. And lots of times, a word has more than one
meaning. That’s why you should look up these unfamiliar
words in a dictionary. Don’t let it interrupt your reading – unless
you REALLY can’t guess the meaning of a word from the context, in which case, go ahead
and pick up that dictionary. Otherwise, save up all your unknown words
for when you’re finished reading that passage or that chapter. Find your unknown word in the dictionary,
read the definitions, and read the sample sentences. If you’re reading something technical, your
book may have a glossary at the end, which is a short dictionary of specialized terms
used in that field. You can use online dictionaries, but it’s
nice to have an actual dictionary that you can make notes in. I like to highlight the word I’m looking
up. That way, if I ever find myself looking up
a word more than once, I know I need to do a little bit more to follow up, so I don’t
forget that word again. Just reading a definition once in a dictionary
probably won’t be enough. So what can you do to really master the words
you look up? Some people like to keep a word journal, and
write down in a notebook all the words they look up with brief definitions. I like to use flashcards instead. I put one word on each card, and that way
they can be shuffled and reviewed, and put into different piles as I master the words. If I make a list instead, I’m stuck with
just reading the whole list over and over, and it’s not as effective for me. Make sure your definitions are vivid so you
can easily remember them. For example, this word tarantism means “an
uncontrollable urge to dance.” That reminds me of the tarantella, and a tarantula
dancing! For extra credit, I recommend also looking
up your word in a thesaurus. That’s where you’ll find synonyms, words
that mean the same, and antonyms, words that mean the opposite. Careful, because there are often nuances in
the meanings of these words. One word will make more sense in certain contexts
compared to another. But it will help you create a kind of “word
cloud” of related words. That will help you recall these words a lot
better than if you had to remember them individually. Another way to improve your vocabulary is
to focus on word roots. If you learn some basic word roots in Latin
and Greek, as well as some prefixes and suffixes, you can decipher many words. I know, that sounds intimidating – you’re
trying to learn English and now I’m telling you to learn Greek AND Latin as well. You don’t have to learn ALL of Greek and
Latin, just the parts that were stolen by English! For example, you can break down the word translucent
into two parts, trans and lucent. Trans means through in Latin (like…transit),
and Lucent comes from lucere, which means means to shine in Latin. We use the word translucent to refer to anything
that light can shine through. Prefixes and suffixes are really useful here. The Pre in prefix means before – and it refers
to the part of the word that comes before the root. “Precede” means to go before. Ante (with an e) also means before. For example, antediluvian means before the
flood. Antebellum means before the civil war (before
the big fight). Post means after. Like Post script (PS) means what you write
AFTER the main part of your letter. peri means around. Periscope is something you use to look around. The Perimeter is the line you can draw AROUND
the border. And finally – don’t forget the power of
gamification. There are so many word games out there – from
the old standbys like Scrabble or crossword puzzles, to games you can play on your phone. These all help you be more aware of all the
words out there, just waiting for you to use them. Remember, having a great vocabulary is an
important part of being a GREAT student. Hello again, my Socratica Friends! We’re here to help you be a great student…by
making you some great educational videos! This is a real labor of love for the Socratica
Team. We spend ALL our time researching, writing,
filming, and editing our videos. In fact, there aren’t enough hours in the
day to do it all. How can you help? You can support our work on Patreon. This is NOT an obligation. Our videos will always be free on YouTube
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all the way to the end, and then sharing them on Twitter…Reddit…tell ALL of your friends! If our work is valuable to you, please help
us continue. Thank you!


  1. MKWKezer

    February 1, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Wait P.S. = Postscript? Mind blown…

  2. Farrukhjon Sattorov

    February 1, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    As always, a perfect explanation. Tank you.
    I have a question regarding archaic or abandoned words in English. I would like to know are there any rules/approaches to recognize archaic/losing its actuality words in English.
    If the question has its answer it would be great to make some video for it.
    Thanks in advance

  3. sunny singh

    February 1, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Love your work socratica. Your videos are clear, precise and flawless. I've always enjoyed your videos and your efforts actually helping me a lot in my school life. So thanking socratica team and May the team shine😊

  4. Augusto Fontes

    February 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    since you're beautiful, you want to marry me? kkkk

  5. Rohan Patil

    February 1, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Thank You !

  6. Haider

    February 1, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I am in love….. with the content of this channel.

  7. Pouria

    February 1, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    The one thing I like most about Socratica's videos is…

    Thanks for your hard work!

  8. Heisenberg

    February 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you so much.

  9. Vignan Nakka

    February 1, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Lucky to find Socratica

  10. David Burnham

    February 1, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Not to get off subject.Her hair is gorgeous.

  11. Halo2Trigate

    February 1, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    That’s nice, but how do I improve my chances of going on a date with Liliana?

  12. Dejan Petrovic

    February 1, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Great tips. Thanks. 🙂

  13. Jim Groth

    February 1, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    There is no channel I would rather support on patreon than this. When I can I certainly will, and I hope many more will do the same.

  14. kirby march barcena

    February 1, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I don't think I can take flashcards with me.

  15. Abed C3

    February 2, 2018 at 12:26 am

    The first tip (read EVERYTHING) sounds good but actually is – a bad one. You'd be surprise that there are a lot of bad bad books/papers/news in the wild, not to mention the environments/cultures. I'd suggest to pick one or few topics that you really liked and goes from there.

  16. sairenx

    February 2, 2018 at 12:32 am

    My tip: Listen to Sam Harris podcasts

  17. Infidel

    February 2, 2018 at 2:55 am is also a GREAT way to expand your vocabulary. It combines dictionary, etymology, and thesaurus into a game system to track which words you're willing to learn and which words you currently struggle with. It's also available as a mobile app, though not free (but cheap and it is one-time purchase).

  18. Rhythm Spill

    February 2, 2018 at 5:52 am

    You seem related to Carl Sagan. Also, great channel!

  19. Jack Luo

    February 2, 2018 at 9:31 am

    This channel should be so much bigger but not everyone is an intellectual. They're probably watching cats, I guess nothing is wrong with that either.

  20. Pennyphipps

    February 2, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Your channel helped me get an A in my English class. Thank you

  21. Werner Mozart

    February 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Thank u s2

  22. WiseVersa

    February 2, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Can you talk for like 24 hours? I swear I could listen to you forever. Just keep talking.

  23. Martín Sanchez

    February 2, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Please recommend a book, I bought one (everything's eventual) but it's for advanced readers there are a lot of words that I can't understand, I tried read it and search for each word but they are many. Nice videos. You have a new fan

  24. Azad Almasov

    February 3, 2018 at 8:22 am

    "Goldlist method" is also very effective.

  25. Ivan Sidorenko

    February 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Please remove the "Crow Showpiece" from the showcase next time…… It scares me….

  26. Juanan Manza

    February 5, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Video shared.

    Thank you for these tips.

  27. Joe Ramirez

    February 6, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Have you ever tried to get into voiceover work for animation, radio, or even audiobooks?

    You have a very pleasant and calming tone to your voice. Additionally you have great articulation, I can visualize (or in this case imagine hearing you) doing well in anime. I think you would have the patience to dub anime.

    Just a thought, great video by the way. I always look forward to the English and science portions of your videos, not so much math due to it being my least favorite and worst subject.

  28. Anastasia Romanova

    February 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you for the useful content.

    I've been learning English for 7 months from scratch and what I've realized while learning is that the most difficult part I always struggle with is vocabulary. Honestly, I'm desperate. I don't know what to do in order to improve, enhance a range of words. My room is just literally labeled with English related stuff. Though, it doesn't seem to help a lot. I've been thinking about using these proverbial flash cards for a while… And now I'm gonna give it a try. But, probably, the main reason for my failures is that I'm just not cut out for languages. The dot.

  29. Соɾу ℛ.

    February 6, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I'm just trying to talk good, that's it and that's all.

  30. Gaurav Reigns.

    February 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Ma'am I need more videos regarding to English grammar

  31. Gaurav Reigns.

    February 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Your channel is wonderful

  32. Jaykar Nitish

    February 11, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Thanks mam your videos are short crisp and full on concept .I wonder where i had been all these days , just came across this awesome channel 2 days before ,and i could not resist myself from appreciating it .Hope to have more of it in future.

  33. Fikri TEZBAŞAR

    February 12, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Ablacım! Söylediklerinin ingilizce metnini açıklamaya ekler misin? Google translate ile çeviririm ben onu. Ps. Yanıt bekliyorum

  34. Hashim Ali

    February 12, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    oh i just love the feeling that how calm you are. You look so calm and cool.
    Marry me.


    February 23, 2018 at 7:34 am

    si te la mamo toda

  36. MaNú

    February 26, 2018 at 12:49 am

    Hey Liliana, I used to watch you in your other Spanish Socratic channel, why you don't make Spanish videos anymore?

  37. Victor P.

    February 26, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I use dictionary app and bookmark words I find are good words.

  38. Moacir Júnior

    February 27, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    <3 Love this videos

  39. Burney Choo

    March 10, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Love Liliana’s voice and how she presents.

  40. rogerpenna

    March 15, 2018 at 3:31 am

    a brazilian teaching you how to improve your english grammar…

  41. ridhima airi

    March 26, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    I Don't know why this channel is so underrated. I love your channel!

  42. Eryca Gleyce

    April 15, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Can I have a question?
    Where are you from?
    What is your accent ?

  43. Dalton

    April 18, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Love the videos!

  44. Shubham Patrick

    April 27, 2018 at 3:30 am

    Thank You Ma'am!

  45. Monique Molinari

    April 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Liliana é linda demais

  46. Dean Dino Eau

    June 17, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Liliana, I would love to see a lesson how I learn faster another language. could be you know a technic. What I do actually, is listen, reading subtitles and lips reading. your voice is good for learning AE. you have a very clear understandable voice. 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
    Edit:I have found the lession here Thank you

  47. Dean Dino Eau

    June 17, 2018 at 3:21 am

    now I understand why Liliana have an exellent voice. Google have it told me. 😉 For this lessions was this the best choice i think. Sorry, for me you was unknown this was a coincidence. Geetings from Berlin

  48. Paulo miller Medeiros

    June 24, 2018 at 1:02 am

    intonação perfeita, pronuncia perfeita e voz maravilhosa, amei o seu canal ameeeeeeeeeiiiiiii

  49. Juan Luis Ramirez Lubianos

    July 14, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Liliana I love you!!!

  50. Bud Zillah

    July 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Is that the problem with the world today? Low vocabulary skills. Maybe cognitive dissonance. A mixture of the two. Great video!

  51. Ajay Yadav

    July 24, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Hey socratica make a video about yourself .

  52. javeria ibrahim

    August 1, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Maths is more than love with this channel

  53. Evian Mason

    August 9, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Good thing i bought my Dictionary

  54. Evian Mason

    August 9, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Reading is also Another way to improve Your Vocabulary

  55. Evian Mason

    August 9, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Educational Learning

  56. alok bharti

    September 12, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Do you reply??
    Well u explain very nicely

  57. passivemoon

    September 16, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you.

  58. minhuz rakib

    September 30, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Totally clear voice and cool noise. Helpful😅😅

  59. David Williamson

    October 9, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    never use a big word, where a small word will do. -George Orwell

  60. Mustakim's Study

    October 15, 2018 at 4:00 am


  61. Prateek

    October 20, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Categorically speaking, you should be an actress and you look far better than many.

  62. Rajan 1696

    October 21, 2018 at 9:24 am

    ma'am you are from which country
    can i meet with you

  63. Spin A.

    October 26, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Are you a professor?

  64. edtheguitarist

    October 30, 2018 at 9:44 am

    That was great!!!

    The flash card idea is brilliant!

    I find your videos really really…..good.

    I’ll revisit this post in 6 months when my vocabulary is more developed and rewrite it with greater impact

  65. Wlises R.

    November 8, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    So cute, so smart. Incredible videos. Thank you.

  66. Ashish shakya

    November 12, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    wow wow wow 😍😍

  67. The Aahil

    November 27, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Super Awesome!. Very informative tutorial, thank you.

  68. Shi You

    December 2, 2018 at 11:08 am

    hate spiders……

  69. Abhay Sharma

    December 4, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    And if you want a rather easier and productive way just go for The School Of life there is more wisdom than you've ever imagined in your life.

  70. Mina Stamenkovic

    December 13, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    It would be nice if someone could make a video on how to connect the most important info and organise them so it all makes sense since everyone is talking about how important that is but no one is actually teaching us how to do it

  71. Surbhi Chaudhary

    December 30, 2018 at 2:57 pm


  72. Just Mohamed

    January 14, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you !

  73. João fire

    January 17, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    How didn't I know this channel. Amazing video by the way.

  74. עמנואל Matthew 1:23אלוהים איתנו

    January 23, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I really need to practice what is said in this video. Hello Socratica, I am dreaming for the day you start making tutorials for java too. Python was great.

  75. B. Smith

    January 23, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    A curious mind is an attractive person.

  76. Antonio Castro

    January 29, 2019 at 2:52 am

    Cual es tuputa afetracion que llo canvie el bocavulario y cino que meban hacer para pensarlo pir que como melodijiste mediste mucho miedo lla noallo donde esconderme llaves

  77. Antonio Castro

    January 29, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Cin amenasas ami dimelo en micara ok ver que paza ok ami tuninadie meva decir lo que llo tengo que hacer ok cuando quueras arreglamos lo que quieras

  78. Antonio Castro

    January 29, 2019 at 2:57 am

    Esta.mujer escribio con milogo un menzaje cuandllo noloce escribir ha hora llace quien ce encarga deablar mirda pormi solita cedelato ese es milogo esocreollo

  79. TheDiceBear

    January 29, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Creating sentences with those new words helped me alot remembering them, make silly ones for effect

  80. giovanny delmondes

    April 2, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Her Name?

  81. Canal do Miau!

    April 5, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Como é que você fala português e inglês tão bem?

  82. dileep thankappan

    April 7, 2019 at 10:12 am

    thank you madm..

  83. cheena

    April 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for all the videos Socratica. It makes learning more fun (for any age).

  84. Igor Silva

    April 25, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve started watching “Psi” few months ago and I got happily surprised once I realised Liliana was playing the new Doctor in the series.

    Great work !!!

  85. vit oria

    May 8, 2019 at 12:35 am

    when i grow up I wanna be you 🙂

  86. pardeep garg

    May 11, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks. It is pleasure to listen you.

  87. John Lima

    May 22, 2019 at 8:52 am

    What a great way to start the day (watching Socrática).

  88. Pratiek Singh

    June 4, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    At least marry me. That's it.

  89. Lumu Plumbo

    June 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

    I hated reading because I had my reading interrupted always looking up the words as they came eventually stopped looking them up, never thought of underlining and coming back to them thank you 😊👍

  90. 李丽欣

    July 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I like ur videos and ur accent! I wonder where u come from 😀

  91. Mussadiq Zamir

    July 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Well in my college life, my friends had great vocabulary but they didn't tell me the secret. After this video i can compete wth them. Thnx for this video.

  92. Максим Аласкаров

    August 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    The first thing that occured to me at the word "tarantism" is John Travolta and Uma Thurman

  93. Eddie Camargo Z.

    August 11, 2019 at 6:11 am

    I am learning English, and I usually have difficulty understanding when they speak fluently, but … I understand you completely! What a clear and beautiful voice!

  94. Leonardo Ribeiro

    September 25, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Professora janete em socratica.

  95. Sufii Sindhiii

    September 27, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Bundles of Thanx….

  96. Shariska

    October 5, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Thank you so much for this video.

  97. Muhammad Junaid Ali

    October 8, 2019 at 4:57 am


  98. Jerry Gundecker

    October 8, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    D'ya know what's wrong with Socratica? Not a darn thing.
    It's all just good sense. Refreshing. Erudite. Concise. I love it.

  99. Naveen Kumar Sharma

    October 26, 2019 at 4:20 am

    I love your voice… So informative 👍🍫

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