How To Improve Your English Vocabulary 21

Word Stitch,- Sound and effective.

Easy Way to Learn The English Dictionary

A. First 30 pages; 24 already covered

P. First 30 pages; 24 already covered

Please excuse the repeating of this introduction; I would not like you to miss out on the introductory 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 3years 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 plan is to read and study all the words beginning with the letters in the alphabet.

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.

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 words that you feel could be useful in a sentence.

This enables you to measure your success, at the same time showcaseing your weakness.

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

For this exercise we are learning all the first 30 pages of A; and first 30 pages of P.

Boost your learning process by sharing the exercises; at a later date arrange a social occasion for a word champion competition.

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

If you have not completed exercises 1 to 20, 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. 

1. Create as many 4-word Sentences or Headlines as possible using the letters A. P. A. P. in that order.

2. Create as many 4-word Sentences or Headlines as possible using the letters P P. A. A. in that order.

3. Create as many 6-word Sentences or Headlines as possible using the letters P. P. A. A. P. A. in that order.

Copyright 2019 Courtney Devonish

Use it or Loose it- Brain Exercise 101

The letters in the following exercise represents a question you should answer and consider.

The numbers posted are a clue to the question and a test to your creative thinking skills.

14. 1. 13. 5. 25. 15.21. 18. 3. 15.14. 20. 18. 9. 2. 21. 20. 9. 15. 14. 20. 15. 19. 15. 3. 9. 4. 20. 25.


Copyright 2018 Courtney Devonish

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


  1. Hi, it is interesting the way humans learn about 5 thousand words in the English language.  I have been trying to learn Chinese for 2 years and I have learned about 700 words from an app on my phone (memrise). 

    I find it takes a lot of repetition to remember new words in a different language and so easy to forget the.

    oops thin speaking is a great way to learn.  Practice speaking with people to really enhance your learning experience. 


    1. Learning Chinese must be a challenge, Years ago I was awarded a 6 month fellowship in Italy, the Tutors spoke no English and I had never spoken a word of Italian, The course in spoken Italian was interesting, absolutely no translation, Try the first exercise and send me some feedback-please


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