Yes, yes, I know… there IS no such thing as “TOEFL Vocabulary”. But I have some very good reasons for creating the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! & TOEFL Excellence TOEFL Database…
- Because clueless people keep writing ridiculous books on the subject which are a complete waste of your time – AND… not only are they used by people studying for the exam, but are also used by lazy “teachers” who just don’t want to take the time to find out exactly what their students need.
- Because an even more clueless person with a channel on Youtube, who ACTUALLY calls himself a “TOEFL Expert”, is wasting everyone’s time by making videos on the topic, which will NOT help anyone to get the score that he or she needs on the exam.
(Because I do not wish to publicly slander anyone, I will not state his name but if anyone asks me, I will gladly give a clue as to which Youtube channel to avoid… I’m sure he is a decent person and actually wants to help, but so does the drunk guy at your party who breaks your mother’s most prized lamp while trying to “help” you clean up after the party.)
- Because, despite the fact that there is no “vocabulary section” on the exam… there are “vocabulary questions” in The Reading Section, and this leads many people to believe that they should be studying vocabulary.
However, the way in-which most books and so-called “teachers” go about doing this really freakin’ pisses me off…
But, alas… my anger and frustration becomes your benefit…
I am still working on the post which will detail how to best use this database in a systematic way, but I literally just “finished” the database a few hours ago.
Now, I’m enjoying a well-deserved Gin&Tonic and wanted to let you all know, because this is EXACTLY the reason why there have not been any posts here for a bit longer than I would like.
I put the word “finished” in quotation marks because there will definitely be additions made to the database, but for the most part, it is “finished”.
The database contains, a lot more words than you will see on the exam, but there is a very good reason for this.
So What’s In The Database?
The database contains a few different classifications of enteries
- Functional Vocabulary
- Grammatical Vocabulary
- Useful Adjectives & Adverbs
- Unique Word Transformations
- “Level-Checking” Vocabulary
Functional Vocabulary: These are words that will be used within the directions and questions in the Exam. These words have nothing to do with the topic matters being presented, but rather are “Functional” because the test-taker will absolutely NEED to know these words to be able to “Functionally” navigate his or her way through the exam.
Grammatical Vocabulary: These words will probably not be on the exam, but if you are going to be taking the exam, or if you are going to be taking any of the TOEFL Excellence training courses, then you will most-definitely need to know, or learn these words.
Examples: Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb, Preposition, Conjunction (including many of the words which fall into the categories of such.)
Useful Adjectives: This is the only area which may contain “new” words, which very likely will not be on the exam, but can definitely be very helpful in the test-taker’s Speaking and Writing tasks (besides just being good vocabulary practice.)
Unique Word Transformations: What I mean by “Unique Transformation” is to refer to when the transformation of a word from one form to another – Noun > Verb, Verb > Adverb, Adverb > Adjective, etc. – may actually contain different meanings than the words literally imply.
- Think & Thinking: “Think” can be a verb used to refer to what a person does with his or her mind, but it can also be used to refer to one’s opinion. Likewise, “Thinking” can be that same verb in action, or represent the subject noun for the opinion or view-point of a person or a whole group.
- Timber & Timbre: “Timber” is a noun which may come up in a reading or listening passage about “Forestry” – whereas, “Timbre”, which is pronounced exactly the same may come up in a reading or listening passage about “Music”.
- Elder & Elderly: “Elder” can be used as a noun to refer to an older person in a family or community who holds respect, and may be used in one’s speaking or writing answer – but it can also be used as an adjective as a more respectable way of saying “older”. And “Elderly” can be used as an adjective in the same way as mentioned before, or it can be used to refer to all people who are of “advanced” age.
“Level-Checking” Vocabulary: These words are added to the list because they are common words, which may or may not appear on the list, but are part of The 3000 most-used words in the English language (both American and British), and are expected to be known at a University / TOEFL Exam level. These words are here so that one can simply “check” his or here own “level” before taking the exam.
So… If there is ANY word in the entire list that you do not know… look it up!!! 😉
All words in the database are linked directly to their respective entries on the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Pronunciation Portal, and each entry there, is linked to the word’s respective entry on Wiktionary.org. – just as with The 3000 Most-Used Words List
Also, on The Pronunciation Portal, besides having the pronunciation of the word, clearly described, with both phonetic and IPA spellings, you can also highlight any word or phrase on the page and hear the word pronounced for you.
I will be systematically, making posts about all words in the “Functional” & “Unique” categories. The “Useful Adjectives” I leave to you to learn on your own (because if you don’t take some initiative, then your time and the money that you spend on the exam will be wasted.) And the Grammatical Vocabulary will also be systematically added to The Grammar Portal (which has been in some serious need of attention for quite some time.) Updates to The Grammar Portal will, of course be converted into blog posts…
So There You Go!!!
(You can start throwing flowers now)
Remember: If there are any words or phrases in this post that you do not know – look them up. Though you do not need to waste time memorizing lists of vocabulary before taking The TOEFL Exam, it is always a good idea to look-up words that you do not know. Even if you think you know them, you may be surprised, so if you see a word that you may “know” but can’t actually define or explain… look it up. I suggest Wikitionary.com
And if you have any questions, feel free to ask any time.
Have An Excellent Day!
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The TOEFL Vocabulary Database Is “Finished”!!! was originally published on TOEFL Excellence