There are around a million words in the English Language – which ones should you learn if you are trying to succeed in CPE or IELTS for instance? [ETA – Apparently there are not “millions” of English words as I had originally recklessly posted here – as someone pointed out to me in a very rudely worded comment! The number is currently estimated at around 1 million and academics get into fights about the actual amount and what should be included from what I can gather looking at various web pages. ]
Anyway, however many there are (how does “lots” sound to you?) if you are hoping to gain necessary qualifications in English Language you’ve got a big job on your hand to learn the words you need to succeed. I’ve got a fantastic list of words that frequently appear in Advanced exams (as well as Lower Level). I’ll post 10 – 15 as often as I can. Subscribe to this blog to make sure you get a reminder.
If English is your first language but you are dyslexic or need to work on your spelling this is a perfect task for you too.
Here’s today’s list:
concept n. ~ idea underlying sth; general notion
enable v. make able to do sth by giving him the necessary authority or means
flexible adj. that can bend easily without breaking
vehicle n. conveyance such as a car, lorry or cart used for transporting goods or passengers on land
abstract adj. existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or practical existence
assume v. accept as true before there is proof
colleague n. person with whom one works, esp in a profession or business
comment n. ~ written or spoken remark giving an opinion on, explaining or criticizing (an event, a person, a situation, etc)
consequent adj. ~ (fml ) following sth as a result or an effect
index n. list of names or topics referred to in a book, etc, usu arranged at the end in alphabetical order
modify v. change (sth) slightly, esp to make it less extreme or to improve it
participate v. ~ take part or become involved (in an activity)
restrain v. ~ sb/sth, hold back sb/sth from movement or action; keep sb/sth under control or in check
submit v. ~ (to sb/sth) accept the control, superior strength, etc (of sb/sth); yield (to sb/sth)
Read more about Pop-up Dictionary and Ultimate Vocabulary here
Use the features in Ultimate Vocabulary to look for synonyms – it’s a very important part of your English studies that people often forget to concentrate on.
Have a nice day!