Sep 012015

Step by step word learning



The internet is a lot like Ancient Egypt. People write on walls, and worship cats.

I’m not sure about the actual source of the above quote. It is repeated on many places on the internet. When you ask Google, you find 1 million results. But, the above picture is published by

There is a variant of it as “Facebook is a lot like Ancient Egypt. People write on walls, and worship cats.”

Our sample word to learn today, is “worship”.

Step 1 – Get the definition of the term from different resources
In it is defined as: “The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.” If you follow the link, you find lots of details about it.

Also in it is described as follows: Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader.

Step 2 – Find sentences containing the term
Here are some sample sentences:
“His men worship him.”
“Alex, Bill and Katie attended worship together.”
“The islanders worshipped him, and occasionally identified him with Zeus, calling him Zeus Aristaeus.”
“Trees and curiously shaped stones were also worshipped, and artificial pillars of wood or stone.”

Step 3 – Use the word in your sentences
In India, some people worship cows.

Step 4 – Link the word with some related images and sounds in your mind.

Step 5 – Write down the word and sample sentences on a sheet of paper. Typing is not enough. By handwriting, you use different regions of your brain. So, you create some new links between your brain cells resulting better recalling of the word and its meanings.

Step 6 – Use the word in your daily conversations.

Step 7 – Repeat what you learned about the word after one day, one week and one month in order to place it in your long term memory.

Step 8 – Use the same procedure for the new words.

Step 9 – Add your comments below.

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Ahmet Aksoy


Aug 292015

Word learning with usage frequency

Word learning with usage frequency

I am an engineer. I love numbers, statistical values,and calculated realities. Also, usage frequency of words is very important for me. I believe that it is a very useful method learning words considering their usage frequencies. That method could be applied for any language. So, I strongly recommend this method for all language learners.

I have an electronic dictionary which contains the first 5,000 words that is based on the Corpus of Contemporary American English.

In order to check my dictionary knowledge, I checked the words starting from the beginning. In the first 1,000 words, I found only 3 words that I didn’t know the exact synonyms in my native language clearly. Normally, I understand and use them without a problem. Anyway, I must study them in order to improve my bi-lingual capacity.
These three words are as follows:

  • evidence
  • involve
  • executive

Evidence can be defined as a noun: proof, something which proves or disproves. As a verb, it is: offer proof, prove, show to be true.

In Turkish, it has a long list of correspondence: as a verb: açıklamak, açığa vurmak, belirtmek, göstermek, belgelemek, kanıtlamak, ispatlamak. And, as a noun: kanıt, delil, bulgu, tanık, şahit, ifade, ispat, tanıklık, şahitlik, açıklık, belirginlik, göze çarpma, belirti, iz. I thing I will prefer the word “kanıt” as the most fitting correspondant.

I think my problem with these words is that they have lots of similar meanings in Turkish.

Even if your native language is not Turkish, you can make the same checks for your vocabulary knowledge.

First obtain a dictionary in which the words are sorted by usage frequencies, then start from the beginning to hunt words that you missed to learn.

You will be surprised with the results you obtained.

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Ahmet Aksoy