new way to enrich vocabulary

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Hi, this is my first thread. excuse any mistakes. Me and a friend started a book on wikipedia (wikibooks) which is based on linking words to stories , to help memorize the meanings of words. Please take a look and contribute. We have ...
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@[225575:kjuthani] !!!! Is Word Power Made Easy sufficient for preparing Vocabulary in CAT Exam or i hav 2 mug up 3500 high frequency words from wordlist, inspite of preparin it 4m N.L. ??? Wat did u say ???

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Vocabulary session -1
Now we shall learn new words with some proper method. First I will introduce you to the root. Then I will make a list of words from that root. Further that words will be used in context and you are advised to judge its approximate meaning. Then check out its true meaning. It is not at all important that you get the correct answer. But as you work with that word you create a strong impression of that word in your mind. Say that word a loud few times.


Today we shall start with the root BELL. We shall discuss some of the words that gets its meaning from this root.

BELL is a latin root meaning war. So when ever you encounter Bell, that word would have something to do with war.Bellona was a Roman goddess of war while his husband Mars was god of the war.

Following are few of the words that has originated from root BELL.

antebellum
bellicose
belligerence
rebellion

Words used in context:

When world war I was over, French nobility found it impossible to return to their extravagant antebellum way of life.
The country often elected bellicose party after a period of tension along the border, hoping that military action would occur.
The belligerence in the emperor's voice told them that the warning was a serious threat.
The substitute teacher attempted to end the student rebellion by insisting on absolute quite.
BEFORE YOU MOVE DOWN JUDGE THE MEANING OF WORDS. NOTE IT DOWN ON A PAPER.


Antebellum: Antebellum is something that was existing before war.


Bellicose: Warlike, quarrelsome, aggressive, brawly (someone who is inclined to brawl), chippy, discordant, gladiatorial (someone who fights to death), truculent.


Belligerence: Aggressiveness, Combativeness. This word is close to bellicose.


Rebellion: Re means "back or against" + bell means "war". So rebellion means to war against. Rebellion means to oppose openly. Open defiance. It can be sometimes armed. Few close words are insurgence (someone who revolts against the established government, someone who revolts against his own party policies), mutiny, outbreak, revolt, insurrection (to revolt against the civil authority)


Here I end our first session on vocabulary. Don't over dose yourself with words. Rome can not be constructed in a day!!!!!

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thanks pandemonuim..loved the oatmeal post..
a couple of interesting entries on wordpandit:
Sinecure means literally without cure. It is derived from the Latin phrase beneficium sine cr benefice without cure, that is to say an ecclesiastical office that does not involve the cure of souls (looking after peoples spiritual welfare), the usual duty of a priest.This word developed its meaning and came to be applied to any appointment that involves payment for no work.
picked up here
Nemesis: In Greek, nemesis means to give what is due. In Greek Mythology, Nemesis was the spirit and Goddess of divine retribution against those who succumb to arrogance before the Gods. read this post here.

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Hi Puys,
I am practicing some mnemonics(a sort of) to improve the vocab... they don't comply with grammar so
for eg:

Clamor : we all are in a killa(Castle) ..then suddenly somebody shoots a girl n she dies...the chaos spreads & everybody starts running n shouting
Kille(Castle) me koi mar gya (dead)... kille me koi mar gya...
cla (kille) + mor (mar) = clamor
Meaning : To shout loudly; especially in a confused way.

Chagrin : u r preparing tea for the guests n the chai(Tea) fell on your white dress, which left you disappointed in front of guests
chai + giri on white dress = chai +giri = chagrin
Meaning : a feeling of being disappointed or annoyed because of your own mistake; mortification


pontificate : Ricky ponting always pontificates (he is rude n arrogant in field , sorry ponting fans )
Meaning : if someone pontificates about something, they express their opinions in arrogance.(disapproving)

Parvenu (came in cat 2008 ) : (a sort of small story) there were two friends Parveen n veenu...they belong to low social class n lives in a hut.. vo mahino tak na to nahate (take bath) the na hi kapde dhote the (wash their clothes)...one day they find a box full of gold ...they became rich but their still their cleaning habits remains same so parveen + veenu = Parvenu
Meaning : a person from low social or economic position who has suddenly become rich & powerful (disapproving).


Pandemonium : lets assume if a pandit (priest) is having a harmonium(musical instrument) then what he will do
Pandit + Harmonium = he will create noise n sing besura raag...means he will create lots of noise & confusion
Meaning : A situation in which there is lot of noise & confusion; Brouhaha; rumpus; ruckus.

I am practicing these & maintaining a list...if this is helpful for you also then i can share these mnemonics.

"I may not be there YET, BUT I am Closer than I was Yesterday"
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This visual approach reminded me of a few good sites that I've come across recently which use this approach wonderfully:

1. I'm not sure whether I can put the name of a coaching insti here, so I won't, but their site has a blog where they teach words through YouTube videos. I found it to be a really great and fun idea! Like, see this video from Rang De Basanti, which shows the word 'cynicism' in action.

2. www.wordpandit.com. This site also has some YouTube videos, but they are more focused on teaching words through posters. They also tell word roots. The only thing is that this site is still growing....so you may not find all the words there, but the ones that you do find, it will teach them well.

3. The Oatmeal. This is a famous comic features site. They do only some posts on Grammar, but you can't forget ever the ones they do. Like, I just loved this post of theirs on the word 'Irony.' It really clarified that word for me!


Hope I was of some help!

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Hi Friends

I read the story above......the idea of doing words through stories is good.......but it's not been executed that well here......the reason being that some words have been used in the wrong context, or they sound awkward and forced. I think if the author had tried to cover a lesser number of words, he/she would have been able to do more justice to them. These are just my two cents. I appreciate the effort though. Thanks! 😃

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i have attached the zip file containing the barrons audio word list...
hope it reduces the burden of mugging up as u guys can transfer it to ur cell/ipods and listen all day long...


THnx a ton for d torrent. Puys download it n surely its a v.innovative way to build ur vocab.:cheers::cheers:
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
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Puys, i appreciate the way of improving vocabolary through images....but simultaneously i feel that we can also adopt "etymological approach" by going through latin and greek roots of the words. We can post one latin or greek root every day for instance lets take psyche which means mind,soul; so everyone will think of those words related with psyche like psychic, psychsomatic...etc.. So this will also widen your horizon of imagination..
So Plz pour your views puys..
Regards,
Piyu

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Ambivalent - Uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow


Aloof
- Remote in manner, A disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner


Apocalypse-A prophetic revelation, especially one concerning the end of the world

Bovine - Dull and slow-moving and stolid, like a cow



Bucolic
- A country person, rustic



Blight- Any plant disease resulting in withering without rotting

Blasphemy -Blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)


Bequest - something left to someone in a will
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i have attached the zip file containing the barrons audio word list...
hope it reduces the burden of mugging up as u guys can transfer it to ur cell/ipods and listen all day long...

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