June 5, 2020

English learning

Widen your vocabulary with synonyms in the word-processing software

In learning, progress often goes smoothly and quickly at one point and tortuously slowly at others. Many people get to a point in English, for example, where they can get by and find it hard to work up the energy to learn more.

Here is a tip you could try on your computer | Read the Synonyms

I am writing this on Microsoft Word, there are plenty of other packages on which you can write and most of them will have the features I am about to describe.

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Firstly, you need to change the language to English, otherwise the computer may try to mark everything as a spelling mistake.

Now you can write the essay, report, letter or whatever English assignment that you need to do.

And this is where things get interesting. Synonyms are alternative words that have almost the same meaning. There are thousands of them in English. In Microsoft Word you can right click on a word, then click on ‘synonyms’. Some of the alternatives will be new to you, others will be words that you may have heard in the past. Whatever the situation, you can read through the alternatives and improve your usable vocabulary.

Second Tip: Use “Speak” feature

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Another feature on Microsoft Word, that is great for the English language learner, is ‘Speak’. If you click on the little down arrow on the top blue horizontal bar, that is after “Autosave”, “Save”, “Undo”, etc, you can click on “More Commands” and activate the ‘Speak’ feature.

What ‘Speak’ will do is get the computer to read your text as it is.  The voices are a little electronic but it gives you a good idea of pronunciation and where the mistakes are. Most of us are far better at picking up language mistakes with our ears rather than our eyes.

Now let’s look at some English vocabulary used in science lessons

Good luck.

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This is a collaborated content contributed by Francis Charters. Francis works with MalvernTutors which provides live online lessons in English for students from other countries. If you are interested in contacting him, you can reach out to us via email: info@3d-universal.com. Thank you

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