Start expanding your mental lexicon | Two Support Series on YouTube to help you do just that.

Noticed how young and more mature adults spend more time on their phones and other mobiles devices, but rarely pick up a book these days? Not that I am saying that #language skills can only be developed by reading obscure literary works or that language cannot be obtained by exposing yourself to #popularculture, but later in life, especially for younger adults, this becomes a thing.

The reason it will become a thing is that adults are expected to be able to use any commonly used language like English well; business and/or policy-related documents have to be read, written and understood after all.

Things can go belly up if you don’t know how to read and write properly. Here’s why. If the contents of such professional documents cannot be properly understood, issues and problems can occur and people may even lose their jobs or worse – the unthinkable.

 What I have decided to do is this:
To help people process, understand and use the information provided in tools for language learning better, I have just decided to publicly publish my recently developed support series for the general public on YouTube as most people seem to struggle with reading nowadays.
Examples of such useful tools are dictionaries, which are also integrated into e-readers now, albeit with limited information such integrated dictionaries provide readers with. Consequently, learning which tools to use and how is an essential skill in life, although it is not sexy.
Why should you bother using such tools?
Well, if and when readers are not really used to using good-quality dictionaries in which a lot of language about language is used, it may be quite challenging to start using them.
For this reason, I have developed two support series to help introduce aspects of language that is usually already introduced early on in anyone’s formal instruction, but which is often forgotten or labelled ‘useless knowledge’, which, in fact, is the knowledge that is part of essential competencies each and every adult should have, which include essential language and communication skills. 

Take it to your advantage.  Kind request to share it with anyone who could possibly benefit from it in their journey to further develop their language and communication skills, perhaps even in their pursuits to master it and become truly proficient in English.

-Léonieke Ariaans, MA

Two Support Series

Two support series are created for the purpose of helping you use basic tools, like dictionaries, more effectively.

Support Series 1: Dictionaries
Support series 2: Parts of Speech Continued

More on each support series:

Support Series 1 is about how to use Dictionaries and which types are out there for you to use. Learn more by watching these four videos on the topic.


  • why Google Translate is not the best tool to use and which alternatives are out there for you to use.
  • what the 10 building blocks of sentences and utterances are.
  • how to find words that are similar and dissimilar and how to find related words.
  • how to find out which words often go together and what type of meaning they have once combined.

Dictionaries used in this series:
Cambridge Online Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Content of Support Series 1:
Video 1: Introduction to the series
Video 2: parts of speech
Video 3: parts of speech – part 2
Video 4: thesaurus
Video 5: collocation dictionary

More information on Support Series 2.
This series explains the different sub-types of the parts of speech that were briefly introduced in videos 2 and 3 of Support Series 1: dictionary skills.
Content of Support Series 2: Parts of Speech continued:


  • why it is relevant to learn about the building blocks of sentences and utterances
  • more about what nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, articles, determiners, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections are supported with examples and images.

Please note that verbs were discussed in Support Series 1 and in video 2 to be specific.

The content of Support Series 2: Parts of Speech continued:

Video 1: introduction and sub-types of nouns
Video 2: sub-types of pronouns
Video 3: sub-types of adjectives
Video 4: sub-types of adverbs
Video 5: sub-types of articles
Video 6: sub-types of determiners
Video 7: sub-types of conjunctions
Video 8: sub-types of prepositions
Video 9: sub-types of interjections


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