Read, read, read
Try to make a little time each day to read. “Reading on a regular basis is tied to improved cognitive functioning throughout life because you’re always learning,” says Neuman. Even if you don’t stop to look up every single foreign word, chances are you can improve vocabulary simply by figuring out their meaning based on the context they’re used in or by coming across them again down the line.
Become an expert
Challenge yourself to become an expert on a topic you enjoy. If you’re a history fan, build an arsenal of historical fiction books. If you like health, read non-fiction memoirs with a medical focus. And if adventure is your thing, there are plenty of fiction and non-fiction survival stories to choose from. “Reading a lot on a topic you enjoy means you’ll deepen both your knowledge and vocabulary. Then you feel good because you’re an expert on a topic and can talk to people about it and employ those words you didn’t know before,” says Neuman.
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