Build your vocabulary while reading the news

Reading has and will probably always be one of the best ways to develop and broaden your vocabulary. By reading more you get more exposure to new words in context and develop the skill of learning what the words mean from their context.

Today's activity use a website which can help you speed up that process and also provide your with interesting reading materials at a level which is appropriate for you.


Go to and click to sign up.

Choose a username

Then click on 'Start knowble'. You can then register on the site. Once you have registered, you are given a short test with 40 test questions. This helps to find your level so that the site offers you texts at the appropriate level.
When you have finished the test, Knowble will find texts for you and sort them into five categories.
  • World
  • Business
  • Entertainment
  • Sport
  • Science

Just click on the heading that interests you most.

Then select an article. You will then see the article with words highlighted. You can get a definition and example pronunciation of the words by placing the cur or over the highlighted word. You can also select a support language to get translation and see examples of the word used in other contexts.
On the right side of the screen you also have a drag and drop activity using some of the words from the text, so you can check your understanding of the words before or after you read.
Knowble also creates a profile for you so you can revise the articles you have read and go back and check the words you have learned each time you log in.
Knowble is a great way to support the development of your reading skills and vocabulary learning. If you use the site regularly your reading and vocabulary are sure to improve.

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