Thursday, September 29, 2016

Conversation As a Vocabulary Builder

One obvious way to increase the range of your experiences and the extent of your vocabulary is to meet new, interesting, and intelligent people. As Longfellow once said, “A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years’ study of books.” It pays to become acquainted with people whose conversations can broaden your horizons, add zest to your life, and introduce you to new worlds of words.

Persons of superior intelligence generally possess superior vocabularies. Therefore, you should go out of your way to meet and talk with as many gifted and informed people as possible. Just as a tennis player does not improve his game by playing inferior opponents, neither does an intelligent man improve his. vocabulary by talking with people who speak only in monosyllables. 

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