Dictionary is an important tool in learning English, especially as a second language. However, in order to expand their vocabulary effectively, people should be aware of the existence of different types of dictionaries and the ways of working with them.
First and foremost, when working with a dictionary, people must identify what dictionary they are working with and whether it is appropriate for them. For instance, descriptive dictionaries are relevant for ESL learners as they provide definitions of the words but not for the native speakers.
Also, it is necessary to take into the account the type of transcription used in the dictionary. It will help people make sense of how to read this or that word making the most of the dictionary.
In addition, while looking up a word in the dictionary, people must go through the items situated up and down the particular word. In such a way, the learners will build their vocabulary and will know many words and their usage like the back of their hand.
Finally, it is obvious that the words must be learned in context. Knowing a list of words won’t help people communicate with the others. They have to make themselves understood, and learning words in the context will provide this opportunity.
All in all, people should give a try to different methods of working with the dictionaries and work out the easiest way. It will help them enrich their vocabulary slowly but surely.
The words I tend to mispronounce or misspell:
conscientious — careful to do everything that it is your job or duty to do
The confusing words:
effect, to — to make something happen: Many parents lack confidence in their ability to effect change in their children’s behavior.
affect, to — to do something that produces an effect or change in something or in someone’s situation: It's still affecting their lives 18 months later.
shade — slight darkness or shelter from the direct light of the sun made by something blocking it: She was sitting in the shade of a large oak tree.
shadow — the dark shape that someone or something makes on a surface when they are between that surface and the light: She saw the dark shadow of a man in the doorway.
chefdom — a noun meaning the overall fact, state, or positioning of becoming a chef
cheeseball — someone or something lacking taste, style, or originality; or the breaded and deep fried cheese appetizer
infomania — the compulsive desire to check or accumulate news and information, typically via mobile phone or computer.