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In order to get good grades for english people use "fancy" language. how do i develop that? any apps or websites?
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In order to get good grades for english people use "fancy" language. how do i develop that? any apps or websites?
Reading books can help a lot, which qualification are you talking abut firstly?
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Reading books can help a lot, which qualification are you talking abut firstly?
AQA english lang and lit
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AQA english lang and lit
Ah okay, have a look at these links below:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guide...k7h/revision/1

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vXqPqKoOMiQ


https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/317141

Hope this helps!
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thank you
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thank you
No problem
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you’re not the only one - honestly my vocabulary is so basic. from experience the whole ‘read more advice’ doesn’t help- or it didn’t for me anyway. i read loads, & well, yeah, it didn’t help me at all.
i had this idea about how to improve my vocabulary but i’ve never actually got round to giving it a shot. i work well with mindmaps, for revision etc, so i thought about creating mindmaps for synonyms of basic words i tend to use a lot. as for learning new words, i don’t know how i plan to improve my knowledge of words in general though sorry 🤷🏻*♀️
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you’re not the only one - honestly my vocabulary is so basic. from experience the whole ‘read more advice’ doesn’t help- or it didn’t for me anyway. i read loads, & well, yeah, it didn’t help me at all.
i had this idea about how to improve my vocabulary but i’ve never actually got round to giving it a shot. i work well with mindmaps, for revision etc, so i thought about creating mindmaps for synonyms of basic words i tend to use a lot. as for learning new words, i don’t know how i plan to improve my knowledge of words in general though sorry 🤷🏻*♀️
Just reading won't help. You have to read things of quality and take notes of words/expressions that catch your eye.
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Just reading won't help. You have to read things of quality and take notes of words/expressions that catch your eye.
what sort of books would you class as ‘of quality’ then? 🤔
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what sort of books would you class as ‘of quality’ then? 🤔
Depends what genre you're hoping to get into. Here are a handful of examples from my own collection:

Drama - The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Prose Fiction - Perfume by Patrick Süskind
Non-fiction - Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Poetry - this really does depend on whose style you like but I generally find Philip Larkin's works to be very easy to get into, especially for teenagers. If you're wanting to explore French poetry, Louise Labé is your girl. You also can't go wrong with Dorothy Parker. :rambo:
Newspapers - The Times, The Independent, Financial Times, The Scotsman etc.
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In order to get good grades for english people use "fancy" language. how do i develop that? any apps or websites?
I've developed my own dictionary-type list where I add words that I've never heard before, can never remember the meaning to, etc. The words I hear can be from radio shows, tv programs, books, websites, especially articles. I can pm you my list so far, if you're interested in some complex vocab?
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I've developed my own dictionary-type list where I add words that I've never heard before, can never remember the meaning to, etc. The words I hear can be from radio shows, tv programs, books, websites, especially articles. I can pm you my list so far, if you're interested in some complex vocab?
From my experience, this is the best cure for a ‘small vocabulary’ (should that even be considered an ailment). However, for greater efficacy, I'd write the word class and at least three example sentences.
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who told you that fancy language gets you good grades?

make sure you clarify this with your teacher before you start using fancy language in your essays. all my academic professors state that clarity and concision is key and that 'fancy' language is outdated. if you want to be a sophisticated writer, it's more important to use the most appropriate word, not the fanciest word.

but if you want to expand your vocabulary, then yeah - reading is essential so you can see 'fancy' words in context, as opposed to a thesaurus where it seems like all synonyms mean the same thing (they do not).
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you’re not the only one - honestyely my vocabulary is so basic. from experience the whole ‘read more advice’ doesn’t help- or it didn’t for me anyway. i read loads, & well, yeah, it didn’t help me at all.
i had this idea about how to improve my vocabulary but i’ve never actually got round to giving it a shot. i work well with mindmaps, for revision etc, so i thought about creating mindmaps for synonyms of basic words i tend to use a lot. as for learning new words, i don’t know how i plan to improve my knowledge of words in general though sorry 🤷🏻*♀️
yeah i totally agree with you, i tried reading a lot but it did nought . however i tried vocabulary.com and it seems to be doing the trick
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I've developed my own dictionary-type list where I add words that I've never heard before, can never remember the meaning to, etc. The words I hear can be from radio shows, tv programs, books, websites, especially articles. I can pm you my list so far, if you're interested in some complex vocab?
thanks for pm-ing me your vocab list, its really helpful
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You just have to do it one word/phrase at a time.
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Just reading won't help. You have to read things of quality and take notes of words/expressions that catch your eye.
ok i'll try that cheers
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who told you that fancy language gets you good grades?

make sure you clarify this with your teacher before you start using fancy language in your essays. all my academic professors state that clarity and concision is key and that 'fancy' language is outdated. if you want to be a sophisticated writer, it's more important to use the most appropriate word, not the fanciest word.

but if you want to expand your vocabulary, then yeah - reading is essential so you can see 'fancy' words in context, as opposed to a thesaurus where it seems like all synonyms mean the same thing (they do not).
well im doing the AQA Gcse exam for my english and especially for the narrative writing we need "judicious " and "complex" vocabulary according to the mark scheme
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From my experience, this is the best cure for a ‘small vocabulary’ (should that even be considered an ailment). However, for greater efficacy, I'd write the word class and at least three example sentences.
oky ill try that thank you
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well im doing the AQA Gcse exam for my english and especially for the narrative writing we need "judicious " and "complex" vocabulary according to the mark scheme
Don't overlook the fact that they want 'judicious' vocabulary. Examiners have a keen eye for spotting people desperately trying to shoehorn 'complex vocabulary' into their writing.

I got 40/40 for my narrative in the real thing, and even I felt as though my vocabulary, albeit ambitious, wasn't truly judicious. I was worried that I would be caught out, and I guess this fear resulted in a degree of caution, which actually helped me.
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