Learning The Dictionary Made 10

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

C. first 30 pages

J. all pages; first 12 pages already covered

V. first 18 pages; 12 pages already covered

O. all pages; first 12 already covered.

X. Y. Z.- 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 18 pages of C,   and all pages of K, O. X. Y. Z.

If you have not completed exercises 1 to 7, 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.

I have also created a revision exercise. This exercise will introduce three new letters- J. V. O and C because of the letter with the largest number of words in the dictionary.

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 challenges 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 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 all the pages of words beginning with the letter J; 12 pages of words beginning with the letter V; 12 pages of words beginning with the letter O, and 18 pages of the letter C, which should have been already covered.

1. Create as many four-word sentences or headlines as possible using words beginning with the letters C. J. V. O. in that order.

2.1. Create as many four-word sentences or headlines as possible using words beginning with the letters C. J. V. O. in any order.

3. Create as many seven-word sentences or headlines as possible using words beginning with the letters C. J. V. O. X. Y. Z. in any order.

Please share some of your sentences in the comments section.

Thank you for visiting.

Copyright 2019 Courtney Devonish

When I am not designing brain exercises; I am an artist/craftsman, and has been for the past 50 years. Please have a look and send me some feedback.

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  1. I am really beginning to enjoy this exercise myself. I started like a two days ago when I saw your post online and it was really cool for me. I started seeing some improvements in my use of the vocabulary. Its very cool this word stitch and I will continue with this exercise. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you John, happy you are already seeing some improvements, please try to use new words in conversations; continue to enjoy and share some of your sentences with us. Enjoy.

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  2. Hello, todays letters are some that I am very used to and I feel I am going to enjoy it a lot. Having said this, I will like to bring to your notice, you said we are going onto three letters but you wrote four, C J V and O. Should I just go on with those 4?

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    1. Sorry Henderson but it is 3 new letters, C was already introduced, I have kept C because there are by far the most words. Happy to hear they are you favourite letters. Enjoy;  Thanks for the repeat visits.

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  3. My learning process seem to he improving all thanks to you. From the last time I read this post, I have made 100 sentences with just four words starting with C, J, V, O. And I seem to he getting new words and making it into a sentence seem difficult at first but I’m getting along quite alright and my new words are piling. Thanks for this post  

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    1. Wow! you are doing great, congrats on 100 sentences, please share some of them with us. Now use the new words in your daily conversations. I hope to sponsor a competition one day. Enjoy; Best wishes.

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  4. I cannot thank you enough for introducing the world stitches game because it is turning to  my best game for the moment. Since I have started, it has been helping with improving my vocabulary and now, I can link up words much faster and better. The word stitches is really cool and I will make my progress to the part 10 today. Thanks

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    1. You are doing well, don’t forget practice make perfect, use the new vocabulary in your every day conversation until it becomes a habit.Thank you for engaging.

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  5. Great piece of article and I must say, this word stitches game has really become the new cool in my home. I and my son now go head to head in the competition. Though we often win at random but we are improving quite well and at a pace I never would have imagined. Thank you so much and I’m happy I came across this learning the dictionary posts.

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    1. Thank you Mattias, I am thrilled you and your son are enjoying word stitch, he can now show off his enhance vocabulary to his school mates. Continue to enjoy.

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  6. I haven’t heard of word stitch and this is a new brain game being introduced to me. I don’t think anyone has thought about sitting down to read the dictionary cover to cover but it would be interesting now that you bring it to our attention. There has been many times over the years that I have had to look up a meaning of a word as I am sure many others have as well. What would we do without a dictionary?

    This word stitch that you write about in this article looks like a great way to exercise the mind and it looks fun. I have had two mini strokes in the past and had to have had speech therapy and have done many brain games to get back what I lost with those brain injuries. Word games are a very good way to bring back vocabulary, reading and memory issues in stroke recovery. I look forward to trying out this word stitch game.

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    1. Sorry to hear about your strokes, i too suffered 2 which resulted in my creating the first cognitive function exercises for stroke victims and myself. You might like to take a look  at –aboutdiabetesnstrokes.com– one of my other websites.Thanks for your comments . Stay well.

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  7. Hi Courtney, 

    So I have never heard of this Word Stitch game, but wow does it look interesting! I believe I will go back and complete the previous exercises first. I’ve always wanted to “learn/read” the dictionary, but have always wondered how and where do you even start. I am currently learning a new language so this article has given me all kinds of ideas to learn new words in my native language, as well as expand my vocabulary in my second language. Great job, thank you for the awesome post!

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    1. Thank you Anna, I am happy you are inspired, feel free to share some of your sentences. What is your first language? I learnt a little Italian when I was on a OAS fellowship, had to, the Tutors did not speak English, what a challenge! Have fun.

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  8. May I ask, why use these particular letters in the practice when you can use any letter or group of letters of your choice? I’m sorry to ask this, but I’m quite puzzled why use specifically the letters C.J.V.O.?

    I used to read the dictionary when I was young and I did it from cover to cover. You may be surprised upon reading this, but it’s true. It was made possible because it was the only book that we have back then. But it was a different kind of dictionary. It was Webster’s Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary. Are you familiar with that one?

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    1. WOW, you read the dictionary from cover to cover, . How is your vocabulary. The plan is to read and study every word in the dictionary , but not in chronological order; I chose the letter with the least number of words, and and opportunity to digest the learning easily by choosing a small number of pages at a time. The dictionary used is the regular dictionary, not the Encyclopedic dictionary.i can’t believe it was the only book you had. Kudos to you.

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