Increase Your Vocabulary

By | Dec 22, 2008

One important aspect of being a great administrative assistant is your vocabulary.  After all, how can you appropriately proofread documents (not to mention write them) if you don’t have an adequte vocabulary?

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I’ve put together a list of resources to help you increase your vocabulary:

  1. I’ve told you about Free Rice before.  It’s a neat little vocabulary game that as a reward helps to feed the hungry.
  2. Sign up for A Word A Day.  AWAD has been around for a long time (at least 11 years that I know of).  This site sends you a daily e-mail with a new word and it’s definition. I’ve received their e-mails for 11 years now!
  3. Merriam-Webster On-line not only has a free on-line dictionary to help you look up words, but they also have a Word a Day function as well as various word games to help you use that new vocabulary you’re building.
  4. Number2.com is a free test prep site, but has vocabulary prep as well.  It asks for a test date, but just make one up.
  5. SuperKids.com is a site designed for kids to increase their vocabulary, but they have up to college prep level words.  They have many games to help you along in your vocabulary learning and have fun at the same time.  Hey, why not play games with your kids so you both increase your vocabulary?

Regardless of your job title or responsibilities, having a good vocabulary will only help you.

What are your suggestions for increasing your vocabulary?  We’d all love to hear them.

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2 Comments so far
  1. E (1 comments) January 16, 2009 6:52 pm

    Hi Jodith,

    Thank you for sharing the great resources! I tried Free Rice and it even pronounces the words. That is really helpful for someone who is not a native-English speaker, like me.

    Thanks!
    E

  2. Jodith (182 comments) January 17, 2009 9:07 am

    I love free rice, and especially like the audio pronunciations. Many of the words are from British English, so it’s nice to have them pronounced for me.

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