Best Way To Improve Your Vocabulary -14

Learning the dictionary made easy.

Word Stitch an effective way to learn the dictionary and improve your vocabulary

C. 36 Pages (30 should have been already covered)

N. All pages ( the first 12 pages already covered, or should be.)

U. All pages. ( the first 12 already covered, or should be)

G. First 18 pages ( the first 12 already covered, or should be)

J. V. O. All pages already covered.

I don’t know of anyone who reads the dictionary, and I have never taught my primary school children how to do it; this is a word game that will make it easy to read the entire English Dictionary and improve your vocabulary beyond expectations.

C. 36 Pages (30 should have been already covered)

N. All pages ( the first 12 pages already covered, or should be.)

U. All pages. ( the first 12 already covered, or should be)

G. First 18 pages ( the first 12 already covered, or should be)

J. V.  All pages already covered.

Please excuse the repeating of this introduction; It is important to complete all previous exercises.

When I was a student at Teacher Training College during the sixties,(64 to 67) we were sent out on teaching practice in the various surrounding schools. One of the most important things our Tutors looked for was our -Lesson Plans- A successful lesson needed proper planning, and if you failed teaching practice the entire 3 years went up in smoke.

I do not recall if I was ever taught strategically -how to learn the Dictionary- Nor can I recall ever teaching it. Our method for enhancing the vocabulary was mainly by reading and conversation. Word stitch will be used as a tool to grow the vocabulary by learning the dictionary.

Have you ever tried reading the dictionary from cover to cover as you would read a book? I know I never thought of it until Word Stitch. The dictionary does not lend itself to straight reading.

The plan is to read and study all the words beginning with the 26 letters in the alphabet. In case you missed it, we have already covered 30 pages of C, 12 pages of S, 12 pages 0f G and all pages of N. U. J. V. O. K, Q. X. Y. Z.

If you have not completed exercises 1 to 13, perhaps you should complete those exercises before completing this one, or you can complete this exercise, and if you are seriously interested in learning the dictionary, go back and complete all previous exercises in chronological order.

The learning process will take some time, in order to carefully study the words and their meaning if necessary; then apply a practical technique to demonstrate your success at learning.

The technique is using the game – Word Stitch. A word game that enhances your vocabulary.

Please do not use proper names or places.

First read all the words out aloud, then repeat reading the words silently.

Look up the meaning of any new words, or any word you are unsure of its meaning.

Keep a note book to record all new words, or any new words that you feel could be useful in a sentence.

This 3 step process will be useful for committing new words to memory.

For this exercise I have chosen  three new letters N. U. G. and all the pages of words beginning with the letters J. V. O. and 30 pages of the letter C

PS. My Dictionary of reference is the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

1. Create as many four-word Sentences or Headlines as possible using the letters N.U. G. C.

2. Create as many five-word Sentences or Headlines as possible using the letters C. S. N. G. U. in any order.

3. 2. Create as many seven-word Sentences or Headlines as possible using the letters N. U. G. C. J. V. S. in any order.

When I am not creating these exercises, I am carving wood.

33 Comments


  1. This episode 14 is another addition to raking up the dictionary at a go and I’m sure at one point we all will ve able to achieve the goal of stacking up our vocabulary and improve it well. I must say that you have shared some very helpful tips here concerning word stitches and though I have been following it diligently, I can only say thank you for sharing this with us. I have improved my proficiency in English by a mile. Thanka

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    1. Glad to hear that Roderick, exhibit your progress by organising competitions with friends and family and at social gatherings. All the best

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  2. Thanks for creating this awesome post. Our minds are an incredible resource and this is an excellent way to learn a new skill and to train your brain to really take your performance to the next level. I think it’s so important to keep challenging ourselves and to keep learning and you’ve given a great way that’s measurable here. If you don’t keep improving yourself it’s easy to get stake and with the amount of nonsense television programming that’s out there it could happen fast! Thanks again for this, I’m going to be sharing it and implementing it.

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    1. Happy you have taken up the challenge Judy, thanks for offering to share. Enjoy,

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this post here and I’m really grateful that I have been following you well here on this website because you have been a source of blessing to me on my improvement in English vocabularies. I like the word stitches game that you have shared with us here and getting to this part 14 with you has not been easy but then, it is an exercise that is worth every bit of time spent on it so far. Thanks

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    1. Thank you Ramos, you have done well, put your  learning to the test with friends and family, have competitions with the various exercises. give give the letters and a set time to see who writes the most sentences or headlines.

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  4. Been following your letters all the way and this is another edition that i will definitely try. I think ts fine that you use the same header, new people will be able to understand the concept of what is done here. So, i will be back again with the feedback after trying the exercise.

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    1. Thanks Henderson, I wondered about that, I thought it was necessary for people who are seeing an exercise for the first time, plus absorbing too many pages at one go might no reap the same results. Have you followed in chronological order?

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  5. I must really say it this episode 14 is really nice, I really love anything that deals with vocabulary as it is something we all makes use of from time to time so it’s always good to work towards improving it and stocking up our vocabulary itself. It’s true that challenging ourselves and organizing competitions sometimes among our Loved ones will help a great deal in improving our proficiency. It’s very nice and thoughtful of you share this helpful tips. Thanks so much.

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    1. Family gatherings are always a good time to engage in party games; in the beginning my daughter organised an afternoon party with her cousins, it was a great success. Keep it up, have fun. 

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  6. It is very nice of you to share here another wonderful part of this word stitches. I have really enjoyed going through this one and i think the letter here are a bit less wordy in the dictionary. Unfortunately, my friend whom we play this game together has travelled abroad so i will be playing this alone. I will try to share this with him via email though. Nice one!

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    1. Hi John thats the beauty of the computer age. How do you rate you progress, and what exercise have you reached.? Enjoy.

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  7. Vocabulary development can be done in so many ways, and for me I tend to read new novels and books of various kind, and its been very helpful to me since I started. I have tried rearing through random words on the dictionary as well but its quite a difficult thing for me to engage in all the time. However from the sample of word stitch you have given here, it can be very useful for me as well. Thanks for sharing such helpful post.

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    1. Thank you Benson, If you follow the strategy you will discover how useful the exercises are for building your vocabulary. It takes the boredom out of reading the dictionary.

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  8. I do agree that proper planning is most important.  I also mainly used reading and conversation to improve my vocubulary and still do today.

    When I don’t know a word I either look it up in my old Webster’s dictionary or Google it.  I have never read the dictionary cover to cover.

    Word Stitch most defintiely provides a way to do it.  I do enjoy word games.  These are very helpful strategies and tips to improve anyone’s vocabulary in a conistent and fun  way.  Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation; it can be a fun game at family gatherings. Enjoy, Best wishes.

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