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The importance of learning new words & facts

23 Oct

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

Hello my friends. Today, I want to discuss the importance of learning; especially new words and facts. By design, we all are intelligent creatures, and we seem to have an innate desire to learn. From the moment of our birth we spend the rest of our lives learning new and sometimes exciting things. Some people love learning small trivial facts which they store away and use at a later time. As a writer and an avid reader, I love to learn new words. While reading I often will stop and lookup the meaning of a word that is new to me. I learn at least one new word a day.  One of my favorite websites (I’m sure that there are many more) is www.merriam-webster.com. You can learn the word of the day, play several crossword puzzles (another great way to learn words), and look up the definition of words. There are many other useful features on the site.  I like the fact that even if you don’t know the exact spelling of a word, you can type it in, and it will come up with a list for the word that you maybe searching for.  As I get older, I find it harder to remember things which my doctor tells me is the natural progression of aging. But there are brain exercises that you can do to help you remember. When I was younger I learned a neat trick. When a person would introduce themselves to me, I would quietly in my mind make an association with their name with something else. For example, I met a young girl who works in the office of the pool therapy that I go to. Her name is Trisha. At first, I thought she said Trish. Lets face it, nobody likes to be called by the wrong name, so I immediately associated her name with Trisha Yearwood. Not that she looked like her, but that’s the first thing that came into my mind. So how do you learn new words or names of friends? I would love to hear of any methods that you use. Let me know, and remember to keep on learning everyday!

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