Imagine that you are a house builder. You have the skills, tools and plans for a beautiful new house but you have no bricks.... you can not build your house.
Learning a new language is very similar to this, you have the skills, the grammar books and the time you plan to learn your new language noted in your diary. However you have no words. You can do nothing with out the words!
Here are a few tips to help you grow your word bank.
1. English is every where. Even here in Spain, English is used on advertising posters, shop names and songs on the radio. I am sure it its the same in your country. Keep a look out. Check the meanings of new words and note them down.
2. If you are visiting an English speaking country, it is even easier to do this. From the window of your bus , train or car when you are a passenger there are new words everywhere. Use the pictures and context to guess the meanings then check in your dictionary.
3. Sticky notes in bright colours - label your home, family, pets and work place, if your boss allows it! As you remember your new words remove the sticky notes and your living or work space will gradually return to normal!
4. Sticky notes on magazines or children's picture books, label the pictures and look for matching words in the text.
5. Keep a vocabulary note book, adding new words when ever you can.
6. Share your tips. How have you built your vocabulary? What are your top tips?