Word Roots, Suffixes and Prefixes

How can a better knowledge of word roots, suffixes and prefixes help you make progress in your English? Well, understanding these helps you understand difficult or long words better. A word root is the basic foundation of a word. It may or may not be a word on its own. Prefixes are added to the front of a word, and suffixes are added to the end of a word. Click to watch the YouTube blog video below to learn more!

Word Roots Video

Want to learn more about these building blocks of words? Check out this website link from Learn that Word. (Click here) for word roots and prefixes and this one also from Learn that Word (Click here) of suffixes. This website is a comprehensive dictionary of all these word pieces. By learning what the word roots, prefixes and suffixes mean in a word, you can more easily break down a difficult word and make sense of it.

Try it: Can you identify the word roots, prefixes and/or suffixes in these words:

  1. Interrupt
  2. Brilliant
  3. Countable
  4. Unbelievable
  5. Prepackaged
  6. Musician
  7. Spectator
  8. Zoology
  9. Sectarianism
  10. Digestion






6 Keys to Fluency: 3. Learn Phrases

In this video blog post, I will discuss how learning individual words instead of words in phrases makes achieving fluency more difficult.  When you come across a new word, try to learn it within a phrase.  By doing this, you are learning how to use the word and will likely remember the word better.  Learning commonly used phrases in conversation, will help you to speak more comfortably as well.

Try this:  Listen to or read a conversation about a simple subject between 2 native speakers.  How do phrases help you to better understand the words they choose to use?  By analyzing short everyday conversations like this, and then learning phrases as they are used by speakers, you can become more fluent.  Below is a sample dialogue using the word ‘fine’ and the word ‘set’:

Ricky:  Hi Mickey, how are you?

Mickey: I’m fine, how have you been?

Ricky:  I’m ok.  How are things going at work?

Mickey:  No problems, everything is fine and dandy.  How’s your wife?

Ricky:  She is off visiting her sister in New York, so I’m left home alone.

Mickey:  We should get together and grab a bite to eat.  I know a great place downtown that serves the best beer and burgers.

Ricky:  That would be great, let’s set a date.  Burgers are my favorite, and nothing goes better with a burger than a nice cold beer.

Mickey:  Let’s do it Friday after work.  I get off at 6.

Ricky:  I’ll meet you at your office  at 6:15, and then we can take the train downtown.

Mickey:  Great!  See you then!

Vocabulary Course Release & Special Discount

I am excited to announce that my new course is finally live on the UDEMY website! My special new course is vocabulary-centered.  It features 100 important vocabulary words that every English speaker should know, whether you have been speaking English all of your life or are an English second language learner.  Besides just presenting and teaching 100 words, this course also features live video lectures on learning vocabulary intuitively, word structure and word patterns. The course curriculum has downloadable materials, online resources, and interactive quizzes. So in reality, this course doesn’t just teach you 100 words, it teaches you how to keep learning new words.

In designing and producing this course, my intention was to make it affordable and accessible (one of the reasons I like using UDEMY).  The regular price of the course is $29, however I am pleased to announce a special discount for my Aaron’s English Page fans.  Use this link: https://www.udemy.com/word-knowledge-100/?couponCode=halfprice to get the course at LESS THAN HALF PRICE for $14.  Share this code with your friends, but keep in mind that the quantity is limited and it is only available for a limited time.

vocab power 100
Vocabulary Power 100

One of the reasons I decided to make this course was because I noticed a need for quality instruction that did not focus on boring memorization of vocabulary words.  It is very difficulty to improve your English, or any language, that way.  In order to actually be able to make new words a part of your speaking and writing, they must be part of an internal word bank in your brain that can be accessed quickly, without thinking too hard about it.  In my teaching of English, I use an intuitive methodology.  That really just means learning by using.  I have found this is the easiest, quickest and all around most effective way of speaking fluently, learning grammar and usage or vocabulary (even if it is for a language you have been speaking all of your life).  Because everyone is has their own unique learning style, a multi-approached method of presenting new information targets different areas of learning to make a mental connection.

Try this:  The next time you learn a new word, try an intuitive method.  Here are few ideas:

  • Listen to or read a word in its natural setting– examine the context.
  • Write the new word down, and make a sentence using it correctly.
  • Say the new word– focus on correct pronunciation and then use it in conversation.
  • Find a picture or an object that illustrates the word.
  • Make a mental note every time you hear, see or use the new word.

The Word of the Year

I am a fan of Merriam-Webster’s YouTube videos.  I really like the way they are presented.    I wanted to share their latest video with my blog readers.  Every year they come up with a ‘word of the year’.  This video explains how that process works, as well as the significance of the word they choose.  This topic goes right along with my recent project, vocabulary.  I am pleased to say that my new vocabulary course is in the final stages of production and should be available to the public very soon.  I will be offering a special discount code for the course on my blog.

How Respectable Is Your Vocabulary?

A good understanding of English vocabulary is very important.  Not only must you understand words that you read and hear to fully grasp the meaning of what is being written or said, but you must be able to correctly use a wide range of words to properly express yourself.  A limited vocabulary is frustrating and can reflect negatively on an individual.  On the other hand, a broad vocabulary is linked with success not only in the business and professional world, but also in social settings.

There are so many words in the English language that are confusing to use.  Many are tinted with slight shades of meaning or are commonly misused.  Even for native-speaking and well-educated English speakers, building a respectable vocabulary is not always easy (or it is just plain boring). In anticipation of a new project in the works for us here at Aaron’s English Page, we have developed a special crossword puzzle game with PuzzleFast of 25 vocabulary words every English speaker should know (Click the link and scroll down the page for the answers, but don’t cheat!).  This game is fun way to test out and improve your vocabulary skills.  Give it a try and keep an eye out for a great new online vocabulary course, soon to come!

Keep an eye out:  Look forward to, watch for, anticipate