People always write to me saying that they have trouble finding the right words and knowing what to say in certain situations. The answer to these worries is simply to build your vocabulary. No one likes to hear that answer because it immediately brings up images of memorizing word lists and staring in the dictionary. But learning new words doesn't have to be that boring.
There are so many fun word games out there. You don't have to do crossword puzzles in pen; you can find plenty of games online that match your proficiency level and interest.
If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you know that my favorite word game online is at www.freerice.com I like this site because as you play, you also support a great cause. You'll be given a word and four possible definitions. For every word you match with the correct definition, Freerice.com will donate 20 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to feed hungry people around the world. It gets pretty addicting, and it feels good to see the piles of rice adding up! If you go to the options tab before you start playing, you can choose to remember your best vocabulary level and the total amount of rice you've earned. Then every time you come back you can continue where you left off.
I'm always interested in finding new word games. Do you know of any great sites on the net? Do you have any favorite games? Leave a link in the comments so we can all go check them out. I'll feature my favorite in my next newsletter. Have fun!