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How do you study unknown words?

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New post 09 Apr 2009, 03:48
Hi,

I've just started my preparation to GMAT and this is obvious that I will need to extent my dictionary.

Could you share the ways you study new and unknown words?
Experience of non-native speakers would be even more valuable.

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New post 09 Apr 2009, 06:07
the only way would be lots and lots of practice.

you can also buy some books on the MOST COMMON words plenty of them on amazon for you to read about and their reviews etc.


you could also read a lot of business orientated things eg financial times, business week etc to get more business vocab.

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I would think most vocabulary needs to be built up over a long time of reading things like The Economist, and other high end writings.

Although there are books out there by dictionary makers such as Merriam Websters that make books to build vocabulary. I think these books are aimed at SAT exams..

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Lots of practical usage of language is essential to grow the vocabulary. This is long term strategy.

My question is focused on short term strategy and I look for your hints.
During the preparation to GMAT you might meet unknown words which lead to misunderstanding of passage and wrong answer as result.

Do you collect such words to review them letter on? Do you use cards or two-column dictionary or something else?

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New post 10 Apr 2009, 01:26
daisywheel wrote:
Lots of practical usage of language is essential to grow the vocabulary. This is long term strategy.

My question is focused on short term strategy and I look for your hints.
During the preparation to GMAT you might meet unknown words which lead to misunderstanding of passage and wrong answer as result.

Do you collect such words to review them letter on? Do you use cards or two-column dictionary or something else?



like i said. read high level texts such as financial times, new scientist, time etc so you can improve your vocab quickly. you can also buy some books that contain the most common terms, phrases and idioms. watch movies cartoons etc and remember the words .

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New post 19 Apr 2009, 17:05
daisywheel wrote:
Lots of practical usage of language is essential to grow the vocabulary. This is long term strategy.

My question is focused on short term strategy and I look for your hints.
During the preparation to GMAT you might meet unknown words which lead to misunderstanding of passage and wrong answer as result.

Do you collect such words to review them letter on? Do you use cards or two-column dictionary or something else?


If you're discovering a LOT of new words each time you do a verbal set, you might want to get an SAT prep book from a library or bookstore. They should have words that commonly appear on the SAT, and in many cases, on the GMAT/GRE. You can then review those via flashcards.

If you're discovering new words in the RC sections, and they're highly technical or context-specific, just make a list of those words. Review them using flashcards shortly after your prep session. There shouldn't be too many of these though...

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