There are several ways to learn new vocabulary, but today I’ll discuss 5 ways to learn more nouns.
- Group nouns into categories: list nouns at the beach, nouns at the department store, or nouns in the car. Compete with your friends or classmates to list as many nouns in each category. Challenge yourselves by making spelling count for higher points.
- If you know some basic nouns, start challenging yourself to learn new words that surround the basic word. You know the word computer, so you probably also know keyboard, monitor, mouse, and mouse pad. What about control panel, pixel, resolution, scroll button, tab, memory, hard drive, port, keystroke, or character? Really look closely at things and see if you can name everything about them.
- Play a guessing game where you try to describe a noun without using the name of the noun itself. For example, if you’re thinking of the word “table”, describe it’s characteristics. It has legs, a top, and matching chairs. If you’re trying to describe a coat, you can say it has long sleeves, buttons or a zipper, pockets, and a lining.
- You can get a lot of exposure to nouns by examining your food, going grocery shopping, or preparing a meal. Read labels on your food to learn about vitamins, calories, ingredients, and preparation ideas. When you need someone to pass you the ladle, the spatula, or a serving spoon, you need to know the name of it to get the right one!
- Find a hobby. You don’t actually have to do the hobby to learn nouns from it. Pretend like you’re going to become a fly fisher, scrapbooker or a chocolatier. Do research. Find out what supplies you will need. You might come across some words that apply to a world that extends beyond the scope of the hobby.