In an earlier post on this blog, we wrote about word knowledge limbo, citing research that shows that our brains don’t travel directly from “not knowing” a word to “knowing it.” In this post, we’ll talk about what it means when you do finally get there. What does it mean to know a word? Continue reading...
I recently witnessed one of those lightbulb illuminating moments when someone suddenly "got it." What this language learner "got" was the difference between adjectives and nouns prefixed with un-, and verbs prefixed with un-. The adjective/noun becomes negative, but the verb typically has its action reversed: unusual vs. unwrap, for example. Continue reading...

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Hunger Games Vocabulary Lists Now Complete

Hunger Games Vocabulary Lists Now Complete

You've read the book... You've seen the movie... Now: Learn The Hunger Games Vocabulary Lists!

Find a list for every chapter here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27.

Looking for more literature-based Vocabulary Lists? Use the search feature on the Vocabulary Lists page, or leave a comment below letting us know what other books you're reading and want to learn words from.

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Ten Words from Today's NY Times - April 25, 2012

Ten Words from Today's NY Times - April 25, 2012

Learn Ten Words from Today's Times - April 25, 2012.

Then see Vocabulary Begets Vocabulary: The More You Know, the More You Learn to understand why learning these words will help you absorb even more as you read.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. So many of us learned that outrageous mouthful of a word at an early age, when it was truly a verbal milestone to be able to pronounce it without getting tongue-tied. And just saying the word is an invitation to start singing the song from the classic 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins. But how did the word come to be? When I heard the news that one of the Mary Poppins songwriters passed away last month, I set about to answer that question, taking me down many unexpected alleyways of 20th-century popular culture. Continue reading...

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A Birthday Present for Shakespeare

A Birthday Present for Shakespeare

Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday, and in his honor, we bring you Vocabulary Lists of some of his most memorable words.

Macbeth's "Is this a dagger..." soliloquy

Hamlet’s “To Be or Not to Be”

Romeo and Juliet Balcony Scene Vocabulary

Words from Shakespearean Insults

With the Vocabulary.com Dictionary's "Add to List" feature, you can add words to your Vocabulary Lists or even create new ones. Here's how: Continue reading...
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