Dictionary App for English
Today I look at the simple but really effective technique of using a dictionary to improve your English.
Using a Dictionary to Help You Learn
Find a good offline dictionary app and prepare for every situation you think of. While you’re going about your normal day, try to have an inner monologue (or pretend dialogue) and search for any words you think of that you don’t know. Once it happens, the words will be easier to remember.
Use Your Preparation Time Wisely
Prepare some common phrases to respond with for situations that you’re likely to get in throughout the day.
Think about what situations you are likely to get into in the day and write some phrases that might help you. I wrote them on the notes on my phone and reviewed them on the train or in any other free time I had.
For example: I was walking up a steep path in Japan, but I didn’t know the Japanese word for steep. So I stopped and looked it up and then rehearsed the phrase in my head. When I walked by some older ladies struggling, I commented on how steep the path was and it sparked a mini conversation. If I hadn’t prepared that, then I would have either just said hello or awkwardly smiled as I tried to think what to say while panicking.
Preparing scenarios for real life situations is one of the most useful things you can do. Always create scenarios in your head and challenge yourself to use them with other people or just with yourself.