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Without a sufficient understanding of words you cannot understand others or express your own ideas. Vocabulary is important across the curriculum from language, arts and social studies to mathematics and science. It is intimately connected to both effective reading and writing skills, and these skills in turn are necessary for doing well in school. Research studies have shown that in most cases students have to see, read and interact with words 5-7 times before they are admitted to long-term memory. Words are more easily learned if you are active (drawing a picture of the word, writing her own definition of it, and thinking of an example sentence to use it in). This is better than simply writing the word over and over again. A rich vocabulary is important to your success since
- Vocabulary gives you the ability to say what you mean. By having several words at your disposal for describing an event or emotion, you can be explicit when sharing your ideas and opinions.
- Vocabulary helps you understand what other people are saying and what you are reading. Vocabulary is the foundation for comprehension. Unfamiliar words become holes in the text, preventing you from completely understanding what you have just read.
- Vocabulary bolsters your ability to grasp ideas and think more logically. The greater number of words you have, the more you can interpret ideas from others, and express your own ideas.
- Vocabulary boosts your power of persuasion. Having a rich vocabulary will help you communicate in a more engaging way. Relying on one or two words to describe an idea will be repetitive and not as persuasive, as relying on a vocabulary of 10-15 similarly descriptive terms.
- Vocabulary helps you make a good impression on others. How articulate you are constitutes a big part of the impression you make on others.
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