Many of you are still confined to your homes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Studying or working on your own can be tough. We at Cambridge Dictionary are also working remotely and we feel your pain!
Without the presence of teachers and classmates, it’s sometimes hard to get motivated. One useful strategy is to set yourself an achievable daily or weekly objective, for example, ‘I’m going to learn ten adjectives that describe food.’ Another approach is to persuade yourself that you’re not actually studying, but having fun. With Cambridge Dictionary +Plus, you can do both of these at the same time!
So, let’s think for a moment about those food adjectives. Imagine you’ve used Cambridge Dictionary +Plus to create a list with a nice set of words such as bland, creamy, hot, rich, sharp, spicy. (By the way, if you haven’t created a word list before, I recommend the quick How To video, which you can find on the right-hand side of the Cambridge Dictionary +Plus homepage)
Of course, you can try to commit these words to memory simply by reading your list repeatedly – that’s one approach. But I suspect you might find it more fun and more effective to click on the yellow ?Test yourself! button and do a quiz! You’ll be asked to type in the word that matches a particular definition, or the word that is being spoken and you can repeat the process until you’re confident you’ve mastered all the items in your list.
If you think that others might benefit from your list, click on public (on the right) and everyone will be able to access it. You can also share your word lists on Facebook or Twitter using the social buttons.
Tip! You’ll notice that I chose words with the same part of speech for my set. This is important. If you mix up different parts of speech within a set, the quiz becomes less challenging as the definitions will give you clues as to whether the word is an adjective, say, or a noun. Select words with the same part of speech and you’ll be tested on the meaning of the word alone.
If you’d like to work on your grammar, check out our brand new grammar quizzes! Sign up to access over 100 quizzes on a range of different grammar topics.
Another fun – and useful – thing to do on Cambridge Dictionary +Plus is the image quizzes. These cover core topics such as Nature and weather, Music, Kitchen equipment and Animals. I’m sure you know your elephant from your bear, but do you know your shrew from your bushbaby, or your atoll from your isthmus? Do the quizzes and find out!
We hope this post has inspired you to use your lockdown time to learn some useful new words in a way that is engaging and fun.