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CAT Question: How to build Vocabulary?

by Gaurav Jain

Q. Where do you stand in terms of vocabulary?

A. Attempt this TEST to get an idea where do you stand. Being the level of test easy, follow the following ranking criteria

  • Good score - above 12
  • average - 10 to 12
  • below average- below 10

Q. What is Vocabulary?

A. Technically speaking Vocabulary is Study of meaning of different words. Though

  • Some people directly relate it with understanding of a particular language.
  • And most of us relate it with getting good percentile in verbal section. ;)

Q. How to deal with words?

A. To learn something you must know about that thing. Words are divided in broadly three parts.

1 - Words with roots: These are the words that have there root, generally from Latin/Greek words. These are the words that are easiest to deal with, once you know about their root word. Root could be anything like 'EGO' means 'I' and is used in different words like

  • Egoist - self-centered person
  • Egotist- one likes to talk about himself

2- Words with common field: As the name suggests, these are the words that have their ground in some particular field and known as terminology. The field could be anything like Science, Business etc.

3 - Words with suffix and prefix: These are the most common words that add in the starting or at the end of other words and can change the meaning of word entirely.

Once you know the function of a suffix or a prefix you can guess the meaning of the word easily.

Example: sub + standard = substandard meaning below standard.

Q. How to build Vocabulary?

A. Unlike any other field of a language, Vocabulary is something that is endless. More you learn, more you find to learn. That's why Vocabulary building is considered a continuous process leading to continuous learning.


  • Read as much as you can: The more you read,more and faster you will learn. Reading different reading material is always advisable . Don't run for dictionary for each and every unfamiliar word or phrase. And before referring a dictionary, try to make some sense out of them through context they are used in. Only the words that you come across regularly should be referred from dictionary. Noting down the words on a paper gives great results as this aids better remembrance.
  • For root words particularly, you can choose some book and by the time you will be over with the book, you will be having a good word bank with you. One great book in regard is Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Make schedule and follow that strictly:- 10 minutes on daily basis or closer to that is sufficient but follow it with full dedication.
  • Don't take over-dosage:- Keep in mind that Rome is not build in a day. So don't torture your mind and work accordingly.

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    rahulsharmx
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    rahulsharmxSat, 20 Jul 2013 18:19:17 -0000

    Great Article

    I am also working on improving my vocabulary.

    Please pardon me If you feel this question looks irrelevant in current context.

    I am searching for an online tool that can help me improve my vocab. Something like, I can read a novel online and I get to see the meanings of difficult words on the same page.

    The reason that I badly need this tool is, when I try to read a novel, article and I am faced with words which I dont understand I am required to go to google and search them. Many times I get drifted to facebook, twitter etc. This affects my preparation very badly. I know Its my bad that I get drifted but still If there is some site which provides this feature, it would be worth looking for.

    Regards
    Rahul

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    rahulsharmxSat, 20 Jul 2013 18:13:40 -0000

    Great Article

    I am also working on improving my vocabulary.

    Please pardon me If you feel this question looks irrelevant in current context.

    I am searching for an online tool that can help me improve my vocab. Something like, I can read a novel online and I get to see the meanings of difficult words on the same page.

    The reason that I badly need this tool is, when I try to read a novel, article and I am faced with words which I dont understand I am required to go to google and search them. Many times I get drifted to facebook, twitter etc. This affects my preparation very badly. I know Its my bad that I get drifted but still If there is some site which provides this feature, it would be worth looking for.

    Regards
    Rahul

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    pPgreenSat, 16 Feb 2013 14:35:55 -0000

    its a first step to get success .thankssssss.And plz suggest a best book for this

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    harsh nautiyalFri, 04 Dec 2009 11:50:38 -0000

    good going mates……………………………..

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    Venkateswara Reddy.MWed, 11 Nov 2009 18:45:46 -0000

    thanx 4 a gud lesson…

    keep it up 4 us…

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    Pratik Vasant PadghaneMon, 24 Aug 2009 07:01:07 -0000
    it was tough going through the dictionary…

    u made it easy for me …

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    deepa mittal
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    Deepa MittalWed, 10 Jun 2009 09:38:42 -0000

    Start with GRE Wordlist. You should go through 1-2 wordlists everyday and before moving on to the next one, revise the previous one. GRE Community contains lot of lessons and tests to help you prepare for the verbal section. First read the lessons so that you get an idea about the types of questions asked in the section. Once you have reviewed the lessons, practice giving as many tests as possible. Reading Comprehension Passage is the toughest one in the section. Practice them regularly.

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    lubhana juneja
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    lubhana junejaWed, 03 Jun 2009 02:50:12 -0000

    hey m totalli new on diz..can nybuddy guide me hw 2 prepare 4 verbal ability section coz m totalli zero in diz section….
    hopin 2 gt reply soon…
    thnxx….

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    Sureshbala
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    SureshWed, 06 May 2009 08:33:45 -0000

    Dear vidhipatel,

    You can go through the following books for vocab building..

    Another Word a Day
    All About Words

    Also have a look at the new feature started by Learnhub called WOW: A video feature to enhance your vocab

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    VIDHI PATEL
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    VIDHI PATELSat, 02 May 2009 04:03:27 -0000

    thanx 4 a guiding such a wonderful way. may i know another book 4 vocab

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    Palak JainSat, 25 Apr 2009 04:57:41 -0000

    fantabulous!

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    tejdeep rajeshSat, 04 Apr 2009 12:13:18 -0000

    i had found a great site hhant u vry much gaurav

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    rituraj saini
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    rituraj sainiWed, 18 Mar 2009 17:14:57 -0000

    it is the first step towardes success

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    Arshdeep BrarThu, 12 Mar 2009 07:54:03 -0000

    Nice… Thnx 4 motivation..

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    Sat, 07 Mar 2009 17:12:34 -0000

    thanks a lot…its really motivatimg…keep going…

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    singhpankajdelhi
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    singhpankajdelhiTue, 03 Mar 2009 15:07:04 -0000

    This lesson really motivate me to built my vocablary power.
    but i want more guidance. THANK YOU

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    somanath pradhan
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    Somanath PradhanTue, 24 Feb 2009 16:24:52 -0000

    I want some more guidance regarding vocabulary

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    DASARATHANSat, 14 Feb 2009 06:20:43 -0000

    a good one to test where i am

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    asureshwaranFri, 13 Feb 2009 13:45:05 -0000

    good lesson

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    Avinash ChandraWed, 04 Feb 2009 11:05:42 -0000

    Hi,

    Why don't you take a look at our lessons on vocab flash cards? They are listed as separate lesson on LearnHub - just have a look at http://cat.learnhub.com/lessons/page=4, and scroll down a bit.

    Also visit the CAT community page - there is a separate vocabulary section that you can scroll down to view.

    Another good series of lessons is interesting etymologies - you will definitely remember more words. Do refer to it .

    Hope this helps.

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    lidiyabaruah
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    lidiyabaruahSun, 25 Jan 2009 17:33:57 -0000

    thank you for our guidance. i really apppreciate your way of teaching. plz guide me with some more techniques
    to improve my vocab.

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    Aarti always happy..............Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:51:55 -0000

    thank u for ur guidance.pls update something new points so that we can understand more clearly.

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    vivek_singh
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    vivek singhThu, 15 Jan 2009 20:19:32 -0000

    its very good work i suppose it would help me to build my vocab
    thanks sir..

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    lavanya veluswamy
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    lavanya veluswamyThu, 15 Jan 2009 17:01:24 -0000

    its very nice …..actually i am poor in english ….if i improve my vocabulary means i can improve my communication …..?i gonna take my cat in 2009 ..now only i start to prepare my preparation………how to prepare sir………..pls guide me sir ……..
    regards
    lavu

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    karunya bharadwajaTue, 13 Jan 2009 16:18:11 -0000

    Thanks a lot for evrything u told.. Ur effort is appreciated!

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    ankitapriyaTue, 13 Jan 2009 09:22:37 -0000

    thanksssssssssssssssssssss

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    ROHIT GUPTASun, 11 Jan 2009 15:23:47 -0000

    your suggested path for building vocab is really help a lot
    please share and suggested timely

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    Tue, 06 Jan 2009 05:13:10 -0000

    good advice …any more such gud books?guys?

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    irfan8881212Tue, 06 Jan 2009 04:20:39 -0000

    Classic stuff

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    sayan banerjeeSun, 04 Jan 2009 14:40:39 -0000

    thanx for this wonderful guidence

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