We all know how a powerful vocabulary may improve our English proficiency. It makes us look smarter (seriously! 😉 ), helps us better explaining ourselves and understanding others. A common way to learn vocabulary for ESL students is to memorize words. However, I would say the best way is to invest some time in learning root words, prefixes and suffixes. These will help you guess the meaning of new words and memorize them easier (make sure you still look it up in a dictionary to get the precise meaning and any other implication it might have). They can even help you guess what a word you want might look like.
An excerpt from a post in VirtualSalt at http://www.virtualsalt.com/roots.htm will clarify my point:
“Many words are made up of a root (or base word) and a prefix. Some words also have a suffix. For example, the root word port…
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