How Learning One New Word a Day Can Make You More Intelligent

April 22, 2021

Every day you learn something new. So why not take it into your own hands and actively choose to learn one new word every day. Learning one new word a day can improve cognitive abilities but not just with words; It can improve your listening, long-term memory, speaking, reading, writing, and better communication. Better communication can overall help you express what you want to say more explicitly and precisely. Another benefit of learning one new word a day is enjoyment. Although learning something new doesn’t seem like the most enjoyable thing to do to most people, once you get in the habit of it, it can be rewarding and pleasurable to know more things than you did before.

I enjoy learning one new word a day or sometimes, even more. Unfortunately, I can’t memorize so many words at a time and remember them long term, therefore I keep a notebook that has all of the words I’ve heard or seen in a book, that I didn’t know the definition of before, but now I do. If you aren’t a big fan of keeping a notebook to memorize new words I recommend using the app “Word Of The Day” this app sends you a notification on your device once a day telling you what your word of the day is and the definition. A great thing about this app is that you can save your favorite words and go back to them if you forget. Some other ways you can find new words accessible is by reading challenging books, articles, newspapers, or even turning on the captions to a movie or show. 

Having expanded my vocabulary I now am more able to express myself, words, descriptions, and thoughts more clearly with the words I have memorized over time. I could describe how I am feeling with words like invigorating, contended, exasperated, and resentment. Or I can describe a person by using words like pretentious, ingenuous, naive, disingenuous, or conspicuous. 

Even though I now have learned so many new words that I haven’t had known before, there are so many more to learn and use. I want to encourage so many more people to expand their vocabulary because it helps you overall explain anything you have to say. If you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?

It can be hard to find new words to learn so here are a few:


Disproportionate: Too small or too big

Ingenious: Clever, Original, and inventive

Propensity:  an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way.

Penultimate: second to last

Interminable: endless

Simultaneously: at the same time

Retrospect: A look back of past events

Perpetually: in a way that never ends or changes

Invigorating: Making one feel strong, healthy, and full of energy

Ideology: A system of Ideas and Ideals

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