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Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

  • 1.  Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 19-01-2018 03:37 AM

    A fairly new website called COLWORDS just added quizzes to learn the words. 

    Because the illustrated sentences are usually entertaining, this is a interesting way to learn these words with extra extra emotional punch.

    Akiva Lane

  • 2.  RE: Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 20-01-2018 09:45 PM

    Just in case people are unfamiliar with the concept of 'colorful' words, here is a description. The concept is that there are 'ordinary' words, like book, store, sit, and school. And then there are 'colorful' words that have greater emotional impact.

    About 20 years ago, I realized that there is a category of English words called 'Colorful Words'. In addition to 'regular' English words, 'colorful' words provide the flavor and spice of the language. Using colorful words adds vibrancy to speaking and writing, and  increases the emotional tenor of what is being communicated.

    For all those years, each time I heard a colorful word I added it to a list, and now the list has over 1300 words! These words are essential in order to communicate in English effectively and 'natively'.

    Here are some examples of 'colorful verbs' that begin with the letter 's':

    sag, scatter, scoff, scoot, scorch, scour, scowl, scram, scrimp, scrounge, scrunch, scuff, scurry, scuttle, seethe, shimmer, shirk, shrivel, shrug, shudder, shuffle, shun, shush, skimp, skulk, slake, slink, slither, slobber, slog, slosh, slurp, smooch, snatch, snicker, snigger, snoop, snuggle, spew, splatter, splurge, spurn, sputter, squabble, squander, squawk, squelch, squirm, squish, straddle, stymie, sulk, sully, swaddle, swerve, swoop

    Another thing that is special about colorful words is that they usually sound 'funny'! Some examples from the above list of 's' words: scrounge, scrunch, shimmer, shudder, slither, slurp, snicker, snuggle. Saying the words requires the mouth to move in interesting ways, and the words make interesting sounds!

    These are all commonly used words, and using them makes your speech and writing more colorful and interesting, with more emotional power.

    Recently I made a Website for these words called COLWORDS, and for each word there is a:

    - definition

    - sentence using the word

    - picture illustrating the sentence

    Learning these colorful words will definitely improve a person's English and make it more 'elegant'.

    NOTE: COLWORDS now has a very useful Quiz mode. It's a fun way to increase the level of understanding of the Colorful words.

    Akiva Lane

  • 3.  RE: Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 21-01-2018 08:12 AM
    Thanks for sharing. I really like this and added the link for my students when they do vocabulary study!

    Robin Crowell
    St. Lawrence University

  • 4.  RE: Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 21-01-2018 08:48 AM
    Thank you so so much. This is a wonderful resource.

    Sent from my iPhone

  • 5.  RE: Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 21-01-2018 03:32 PM
    Hi Akiva,

    This is quite a useful site.  Thanks for sharing!!

    Boston University

    Maria Tomeho-Palermino

  • 6.  RE: Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 21-01-2018 11:19 PM
    You  mention that the 'colorful' words are 'commonly used.' However, according to Word and Phrase, the group of words that you listed in your post are not among the 3,000 most common words in English. They're also not on the Academic Word List.

    I love these words, but I would be reluctant to include them in any course other than an advanced elective course such as creative writing.

    Dianne Loyet
    University of Illinois at Springfield IEP

  • 7.  RE: Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 22-01-2018 12:49 AM
    Dear Avika,

    This is interesting and useful! Thank you for sharing!

    Best regards,


    Rachel Luna Peralta
    English Lecturer
    Institute for Tourism Studies
    Macao SAR

  • 8.  RE: Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 21-01-2018 12:37 PM
    Thank you for the positive feedback.
    If others want to use COLWORDS as a teaching resource - and have suggestions for features they would like - please let me know. I would like this to be as user/teacher/student friendly as possible.

    Akiva Lane

  • 9.  RE: Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 22-01-2018 01:52 AM

    I agree that these 'colorful words' are not basic introductory words, to be taught in the first year of learning English. But after a person knows basic English, it's important to know these words because they have powerful emotional effect.  You say you 'love' these words - so do I.  They are and sound interesting, with emotional depth.  Granted, they shouldn't be taught before the intermediate level - but it's important to know and use these words because of they are powerful, spicy, and fun!

    Akiva Lane

  • 10.  RE: Online Quizzes to learn 1300 Colorful words

    Posted 22-01-2018 01:01 PM
    You will want to investigate first Blooms taxonomy to see what kinds of skills or functions your students will need to be doing in their academic classes.  Such as: classify, sort, analyze, combine, alternate, rephrase, sequence, define, etc.  (mostly verbs).

    Then you will want to list the academic content vocabulary by topic:  science, math, English.  This should be easy to find, probably by grade level.  Science would then be divided into:  biology terms, chemistry terms, etc.  and the same with each academic subject.

    It's a lot, but this can also be taught by integrating the vocab and language functions into your ELA coursework in a variety of ways.  Not all as daunting a task as first perceived.

    Natalie Johnson