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Five Attitudes to Keep When Learning Vocabulary
Vocabulary building is possibly one of the most challenging things to learn - for people who think negatively of the process. You see, the whole point of building your vocabulary is to express yourself better and to learn how to speak in such a manner that will capture anyone's attention. A robust vocabulary also leaves a great impression on people you converse with. Keeping it up is the hardest part. So here are the five top attitudes that you need to keep when learning vocabulary.


If you keep telling yourself that vocabulary building is too hard for you, then you might as well quit right now. Being positive is one of the most important attitudes when it comes to building up your vocabulary. Keep telling yourself that you can do it, and you can. Repetition comes in handy both in keeping that attitude and building your vocabulary.


Ask yourself what your motivation to learning vocabulary is, and write it down. Post it on your study wall or wherever it is you usually do your vocabulary building. It'll work a lot like a dream board; every time you look at it, you'll get a solid reminder of why you're building up your vocabulary in the first place and it'll keep you going.


Being goal-oriented is an attitude that you can apply to all aspects of life, including vocabulary building. There are way too many words in any single language to learn in one lifetime. Even linguists will tell you the same thing. But if you set yourself into really learning vocabulary, who knows? Maybe you'll learn more than half of them and use them on a daily basis too. In English, that's hundreds of thousands of words that can enrich your vocabulary.


Determination is very important in building your vocabulary. You can just as easily drop all of it and live with whatever words you have, but can you really express yourself in a way people will like and understand if you quit? Determination is a key attitude to becoming word smart. Building up your vocabulary earns its own rewards - you'll notice that you're more fluent in expression and conversation. However, rewarding yourself with a chocolate treat or a night at the movies for every time you learn and use 10 new words in a month might also keep you going. If tangible rewards work as well as intangible ones, then go for it and have fun as you learn.


Don't make learning vocabulary harder than it needs to be. It sometimes takes years for even people that are in the writing and speaking industry to build up a solid vocabulary foundation. It doesn't have to be some extensive scientific process. Currently there are powerful vocabulary software tools which can make building your vocabulary much easier for you.