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A Better English Vocabulary in a 'simply better' Way

Updated: Nov 23

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Introduction - Better English vocabulary

In this series of articles, I want to help you develop your vocabulary that is different from other ways of learning new words - a 'simply better' method.

It is highly likely you will never ever use every single word in the dictionary. I don’t and most native English speakers don’t either. It’s not necessary; if I don’t know the meaning of a word, I’ll try to get understanding from the words around it. If it’s important, maybe the word appears often in the article, I’ll need to know what it means. Good writers, though, should always explain unfamiliar words when they first use them. They never should assume that their readers will know the word’s meaning.

Instead, I want to develop this set of articles based on the idea that it’s more important to know the vocabulary that is around you, in your life. After all, it’s going to be the vocabulary that you will be using most often.

So, while some English teachers try to teach you words that you will never use, I intend to teach you the immediately useful words, making it a ‘simply better’ way to improve your vocabulary.

Those of you who have bought My 'simply better' Method: Module A will appreciate this set of articles because they will sometimes be required to answer ‘open’ questions, such as “Where are you going tomorrow?” or “What sport do you play?”

The word ‘where’ is open; it could be one of a million places you might go. This is unlike a ‘closed’ question that requires a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.

But you don’t need to know the million or so words for places, just a handful. Gradually, you can develop your range of ‘places’ words after you’ve learned these key places.


So that’s the idea for this series of blog articles - to help you get a better English vocabulary.

You can read the first of these articles about the words associated with places in this blog.

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(c) Apex English Tutoring Dec 2020 - Updated October 2023

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About the Author

Michael Finemore, MA (Research) CQU, TEFL/TESOL Certificate, an experienced English Teacher, is the Owner-Operator of Apex English Tutoring.

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