6.3 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Make Real-Life Connections

You will better understand and remember new words when you connect them to real life.

When you read a new word, ask yourself:
How is this word used in my life?
How is this word used in the world around me?

Read the following story.

Mom and Joe are shopping for Sunday dinner. Mom lets Joe choose the menu. Everyone in the family enjoys foods that taste spicy, so Joe chooses chili. Mom and Joe buy peppers and onions.


The story helps you understand that spicy means “having a strong flavor.” Look at the web below to see examples of how spicy is used in real life.

Click the Practice button below. After you finish practicing, click the Main Page button. Then click the link to learn about shades of meaning.