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- Hello, everyone.
And welcome back to English With Lucy.
Don't worry, guys.
It is me this time.
Not my weird Lucy replica
in the form of Allie

for a proper teach me.
That was a lot of fun.
I'm glad you liked it.
The response was honestly hilarious.
I had a blast.
So who has been with me
since the very beginning

of English With Lucy?
Not that many people.
I had, well, I had very few.
It took me a couple of months
to get to 1000 subscribers.

But my second ever
video was a video called

How to Learn and Remember Vocabulary.
The video's a little bit disorganised.
It was my second video ever.
I was 21 years old,
and I was eager to get onto You Tube
and share this knowledge that I had.
But the video's done really, really well,
but looking back at the video,
there are some updates
that I would like to add on

because that teaches you how
to learn and remember vocabulary.
It's a great method.
But it doesn't teach you how to expand
and widen your vocabulary,
which is something that could benefit
basically everyone.
I want to expand my vocabulary
in my mother tongue,

my native language, which is English.
And I also want to expand
my vocabulary in my

second and third languages,
Spanish and Italian.

And maybe even Portuguese.
If you haven't seen my
video about Portuguese yet,

check up there.
Yeah, so this is a video
that will be useful

for both native speakers
and non-native speakers.

I want to share with you some
tips that I've picked up,

some pieces of advice,
but it's not going to be your typical
How to Improve Your Vocabulary video.
Oh, read books.
Oh, watch films.
I want to give you some
tips that are really, really

gonna help that you might
not have thought of before.

So bear with me.
Before we get started,
I'd just like to thank the
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Let's get started with the video.
So my first tip is don't get overwhelmed.
When I think I want to
expand my vocabulary,

I feel overwhelmed.
I just think, oh my god.
There are so many words.
And there are so many
words that I'm lacking

in my vocabulary.
How on earth am I going to learn them all?
You need to realise that
it's not humanly possible

to swallow and regurgitate
the full Oxford Dictionary

unless you have a fabulous gag reflex.
I've seen a couple of
comments on some of my videos

from people saying,
"I like to read the dictionary
before I go to bed,"

which if your mind is
capable of doing that

and you can read a little
bit of the dictionary

each day and take in, wow!
I take my hat off to you because that's
really, really impressive
amount of dedication

you have there.
I personally cannot do that.
So I recommend that you chunk
your vocabulary learning

into three sections,
and you focus your time
and energy and effort into

learning the vocabulary
from these three sections.

It's not as complicated as it sounds.
Section one, topics you are interested in.
I am interested in gardening,
so I like to watch gardening videos,
and I have picked up
loads and loads and loads

of vocabulary, especially Latin
terms actually for plants,

just through watching
videos and doing research

and reading books.
So yes, reading books,
watching films, watching videos

is a great technique.
Make sure you're focusing,
so you're choosing a
video that will help you

expand your vocabulary
and you're absorbing it,

and then you're applying what you learned
in my previous video,
How to Learn and Remember Vocabulary.
Basically, you're keeping
a vocabulary diary,

and you're being really,
really aware and meticulous

about words that you don't know already.
Don't let anything slide.
If you don't know that word,
you find out what it means,
and you write it down in
your phone or in a book.

It doesn't matter.
Just make sure you are meticulous.
Section number two,
vocabulary that you use

and come across on a daily basis.
Now why do I say use and come across?
There's two different parts
of vocabulary expansion.

There's seeing a word that you don't know,
and learning what it means.
But there's also taking
words you already know,

and finding alternative
ways of saying them.

Synonyms, for example.
So it's really, really
useful to look into synonyms.

There may be words that
you're using every single day.

For me, a bit of a
problem is the word like.

So you're your using some
words every day all day.

Like the word like, for example.
Like the word like.
And you will sound much more eloquent
if you find alternatives,
and you switch between the alternatives.
Words that you come
across on a daily basis,

things in the news,
political terms.
If it's, you know, for
example when the Brexit

was going on, I learnt loads
of political vocabulary

because I was coming across
the terms on a daily basis.

I was reading the newspaper.
I was watching the news.
I was very conscious of the fact that
I didn't totally understand
what was going on,

so I made myself understand,
both on a political level
and a vocabulary level.

And section number three,
my favourite section,

random spontaneous
randomness is, you know,

where you sit down and you think,
"I wonder what that extra toe on the back
"of a dog's leg that
doesn't work is called."

Your brain wanders.
Use it to your advantage.
Use it to improve your vocabulary
and find out what it means.
Now, the next one,
the next point that I want to talk about.
I know I've already said
that I don't want to say

read books, watch films.
But what I'm going to say is
read books and watch films,

but not in the normal way.
Everyone knows that if you read a book,
your vocabulary will improve.
If you watch a film,
your vocabulary will improve.
I want you to think first,
about in your language,
what is a good vocabulary.
What makes one person sound eloquent
and another person sound uneducated.
So I want you to really
pick and choose carefully

which authors you read
and which people you listen to.
Now I don't mean cut out people
that you find uneducated.

I mean dedicate a couple
of minutes every day,

every other day to listen
to talks and read books

written by people that speak eloquently.
For example, I really admire
the way Stephen Fry speaks.

I know I mentioned Stephen
Fry in so many videos,

but I love the way he speaks,
so I'll put on, you know, a
speech or a monologue from him,

and I'll really try to listen to
you know, elements of his accent,
but also elements of speech.
His vocabulary, the
vocabulary that he uses.

Which words does Stephen use that make him
sound really, really
educated and eloquent.

And then I'll note those down,
and I'll try and implement
them into my own vocabulary.

And you can do the same.
It will work in any language.
So I guess the way you could
summarise that point is

pick and choose reading
and listening exercises

from which you want to
improve your vocabulary.

Okay, number three.
If you want to improve
and widen and expand

your vocabulary and sound more eloquent,
I want you to avoid the most boring word
in the English dictionary.
Do you know which word it is?
The word is very.
Oh, my god.
Very is such a boring word.
Every time I hear it,
I yawn.
Why say very good if you can say
excellent, fantastic, amazing, incredible?
Why say very bad if you can say
dreadful, appalling, hideous, revolting?
Stop using the word very
and start incorporating
more advanced adjectives

into your everyday speech and writing.
When you're speaking,
try and be conscious of
every time that you use

the word very and which
adjective you used it with.

Then you can go and search
the adjective in a thesaurus

and find synonyms.
Very dirty can be filthy or squalid.
Very cross can be seething, livid.
I actually have a video about that.
You can check it up there.
But yeah.
Being conscious of when
you use the word very

is very, very useful.
How ironic.
So I just made that mistake there.
Being conscious of the word very
is an invaluable tool.
Doesn't that sound better?
Doesn't it sound better?
I think it does.
My last tip might not be for everybody,
but it really helps me,
especially when I'm bored
and waiting for something.

I'm an incredibly impatient person.
I hate waiting.
And if there's one room
that an impatient person

cannot stand, it's a waiting room.
So I recommend that you use
this time to your advantage.

When you're doing nothing,
say you're sitting on a train,
you're sitting in a waiting room,
any time you're waiting,
do vocabulary checks.
So just sit or stand and observe
the room around you or the area around you
and try and find something
that you don't know how to say.

It's most likely going to be a noun,
but it could be a verb.
It could be somebody doing something.
Somebody could be skipping
and you think,
"Oh, god.
"I don't know how to
say that in Japanese."

It could be an emotion that somebody has.
Just use that time to look around.
Meticulously note down what
it is that you don't know,

and then search it.
If you're trying to acquire
vocabulary in another language,

then you can just write it
down in your own language.

It gets a bit more complicated
if you don't really know

how to say the word in your own language.
Use what you can.
Take a picture of it.
Video it if appropriate.
Try and describe it.
Use other words to describe it.
Note it down and then you can
talk to somebody about it.

Something that I'm going
through at the moment

is farm vocabulary.
My boyfriend is a farmer,
and I have suddenly been
launched into this new world

of machinery and he said
to me the other day,

"Oh, we use farm save or something."
And I was like farm save.
So I just noted it down,
got back home,
searched it and I'm holding
it was farm save is now.

I think it's when you keep your own seed
and then you use it the next day.
Sometimes if he's gone off in the tractor
and I have to wait for him,
I'll just look around
the farm and I'll think,

bale, challenger, John Deere tractor,
and if there's anything
I don't know how to say,

I will then ask him later.
And it might be a bit annoying for him,
but I'm trying my best.
Right guys.
That's it for today's lesson.
I hope you learned something.
I hope you enjoyed it.
Don't forget to check out lingoda.
All of the relevant information
is in the description box.

It's a very, very good tool.
Or should I say it's an excellent tool.
And don't forget to connect with me
on all of my social media.
I've got my Facebook, my
Instagram, and my Twitter.

I will see you soon for another lesson.
I'm always half tempted to put Allie
at the end of my video.
Shall I?
Enjoy Allie dancing.
(upbeat pop music)


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