We come across different difficulties when learning English. It could be the comprehension passage and questions are hard to understand. Or perhaps we cannot find the right English word to express what we mean. Our problems might be different but they share the same reason – a lack of vocabulary.
Memorising new words has never been easy, especially when we want to remember the spelling as well as the usage. So we need to use some learning methods to help us. One method is to find out the ‘family members’ of that particular word.
For example, when you learn the word ‘nation’ (noun), you should also learn its relatives: nationality (noun) and nationalism (noun). Of course, you should also learn its siblings: ‘national’ (adjective) and ‘nationally’ (adverb).
Let’s take a look at another common word, ‛guide’ (noun). The word itself could also be a verb. Its relatives include ‛guidance’ (noun) and ‛guideline’ (noun).
Another example is the word ‛exhibition’ (noun). It has many relatives like ‛exhibit’ (verb), ‛exhibitor’ (noun) and ‛exhibitive’ (adjective).
This method is both effective and efficient. From learning nation, you are able to learn national, nationally, nationality and nationalism as well!