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A beginning English student says, "Go Canada. Homestay. Next month." A foreign tourist in New York says, "Where. Subway. Close?" Someone will help him find the subway station. There isn't any grammar structure, but they will be understood. This is the power of vocabulary.

For new students of English, most new words can be used immediately. For example, "doctor," "hungry," or "subway" are often used by native speakers every day. As a result, it's easy to remember these words. They quickly become part of your everyday English. But there are other, more difficult words. These words are harder to learn because you use them less.

To learn new words, you should write vocabulary in a notebook. Be sure to write the definitions, synonyms, and sentences. This will help you quickly expand your vocabulary!

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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. Do you know a lot of words in English?
  2. What are some new English words you recently learned?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. t's easy to remember new words that you don't use every day. T / F
  2. A notebook for new words helps you quickly learn new vocabulary. T / F

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. How do you study vocabulary? Is it effective? Why/not?
  2. What English skill is the most important? Why do you think so?
  3. Which English skill is your strongest? Why?
  4. Which English skill is your weakest? Why?

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