I was recently introduced to a vocabulary building website, vocabulary.com. It tests your vocabulary and introduces new words to you, which you then have to try to correctly answer questions about. It’s a kind of learning tool that uses spaced repetition to help you recall what you’ve studied, and it regularly goes back to learned words and retests you.
Why would I, a person with a good vocabulary and just happens to be an English teacher, work on my vocabulary? Well, it’s not a bad idea to improve myself. I frequently come across words I haven’t seen before in novels, and it makes me think about my own writing. I want to keep my vocabulary up.
What are some other ways to acquire new words for use in writing? What do you do?