How to Learn New Words in English


Registers could be defined as the technical or specialized variation of words or phrases relating to different disciplines, professions, or courses of study. The following disciplines are registered terms: 


Study the following registered words very carefully:

Competition: An event in which people compete with each other to find out who is the best

Athlete: A person who competes in sports

Athletics: Sports that people compete in such as running, jumping, etc.

Track event: A sports event is a race that runs on a track, rather than jumping or running.

Relay: A race between teams in which each member of the team runs or swims in one section: 4 X 100m relay.

Hurdles: A race in which runners of horses have to jump over the hurdle

Marathon: A long-running race of about 42 kilometers or 26 miles

Goalless: Without either scoring a goal

Hacked off/down: Extremely annoyed

Tournament: A sports competition involving several teams or players who take part in different games.

Bagged: To score a goal, point, etc.

Trophies: An object such as a silver cup that is given as a prize for winning the competition

The bench: The seats where players sit when they are not playing in the game.

Lap: One journey from the beginning to the end of a track and for running

Draw: To finish a game without either team winning

Sprint: A race in which competitors run or swim for a short period of running or swimming.

Practice Question

Use your dictionary and provide the meanings of the words below.

spectator, dribbling, teamwork, half-time, red card, passing, penalty kick, corner-kick, throw-in, back-pass, striker, mid-fielder, etc.

 Family Life

Study the following registered words very carefully:

Domestic chores: The work done at home like washing, cooking, mopping, sweeping, cleaning, etc.

Matrimony: The state of being married

Housewife: A woman, who stays at home to cook, cleans, and takes care of the children while her husband goes out to work.

Housework: The work involved in taking care of a home or a family, e.g. cleaning, cooking, etc

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Housemaid: A female servant in a large house who cleans the rooms, etc and often lives there

Householder: A person who owns or rents the house that he/she lives in

Breadwinner: A person who supports his/her family with the money he/she earns

Bring up: To care for a child and teach him/her how to behave

Look after: Take care of …

Morals: Standards or principles of good behavior, especially in terms of sexual relationship, respect, honor, etc.

Cosmetic: A substance that a woman put on her face or body to make it more attractive

Entertainment and Music

Study the following registered words very carefully:

Musical instrument: An objective for producing musical sounds. For example, a drum, etc.

Classical: Written in Western musical tradition, usually using an established form (e.g. symphony) and not played on electronic instruments. Classical music is generally considered to be serious and have a lasting value.

Mellifluous: Having a pleasant and flowing sound; (of music or somebody’s voice) sounding sweet and smooth; very pleasant to listen to.

Melody: A tune, especially the main tune in a piece of music written for several instruments or voices. It is the arrangement of musical notes in a tune.

Audience: The group of people who have gathered to watch or listen to something, especially a play, concert, etc.

Concert: A public performance of music

Megastar: A very famous singer, actor, or entertainer

Performance: The act of performing a play, a concert, or some other form of entertainment.

Performer: A person who performs for the audience in a show, concert, etc.

Musical notation: A system of musical signs, symbols used to represent information

Orchestra: A large group of people who play various musical instruments together

Drama: It is a representation of an action that can be acted or real as a play.

Cast: These are characters that take part in a play.

Act: This is a major division of a play and the scene is a subdivision of a play.

Costumes: These are adornments used to assume the character on a stage, e.g. clothes, shoes, etc.

Rehearsals: These are periods for practicing the mastery of the dialogues and conversations.

Dialogues: These are the conversational exchange of talks between two or more people on stage.

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Playwright: A person who writes a play or a drama script or a play production is known as a playwright.

Stage director: A person who oversees the whole procedure of a play performance is called a stage director.


Study the following registered words very carefully:

Camera: It is a device for taking photographs or making films or television programs. It has a plate at one end and a lens at the opposite end. e.g. simple camera and pinhole camera

Fixed aperture: This is the light controlled by holes that read a lens in a fixed focused type.

aperture It is an object that allows light to reach a lens.

Exposure: It is the exact time during which light reaches the film.

Light meter: A light that monitors or measures and records the amount of electricity.

Negative picture: This occurs when the light area of the object appears as a dark area, and the dark area of the object appears as a light area.

Emulsion: Cream liquid in which particles of oil or fat are suspended.

Projecting: A picture to fall on a surface e.g. paper

Viewfinder: The part of a camera that you look through to see the areas that you are photographing.

Manual: Operated or controlled by hand rather than automatically or using electricity

Image: Likeness, copy of the shape of somebody or something

Lens: This is a piece of glass or glasslike substance with one or both sides carved.

Crystals: These are natural and transparent substances.


Study the following registered words very carefully:

Traditional Religion

Deities: Gods or goddesses

Intermediaries: Moderator or go-between

Devotee: A person who admires and is very enthusiastic about something. It is a very religious person who belongs to a particular group.

Cults: A small group of people who have extreme religious beliefs and who are not part of any established religion or a system of religious beliefs and practices

Divine: Connected with gods or God

Consult: To go to somebody for information or advice

Oracle: A place where people could go to ask the gods for advice or information about the future.  Oracle is the owner of oracle.

Amulet: A piece of jewelry that some people wear because they think it protects them from bad luck or illness.

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Ritual: A series of actions that are always performed in the same way, especially as part of a religious ceremony.

Sacrifice: The act of offering something to god, especially the animal that has been killed especially.

Appease: To make somebody calmer or less angry by giving them what they want.

Christian Religion

Sacrament: An important religious ceremony such as marriage, baptism, or Holy Communion.

Sacrilege: An act of treating a holy thing or place without respect.

Confirmation: A ceremony at which a person becomes a full member of the Christian church.

Holy Communion: Communion connected with church members

The Holy Spirit: (in Christianity) God in the form of a spirit.

The Holy of Holies: The holiest part of a religious building

Catechist: A person having the beliefs of the Christian

Catechism: A set of questions and answers used for teaching people about the beliefs of the Christian religion

Pious/Devout Christian: A person believing strongly in a particular religion and obeying its laws and practices or having or showing deep respect for God and religion

Aisle: A passage between rows of seats in a church

The nuns: Members of a religious community of women who promise to serve God all their lives and often live together in coa event.

Pew: A long wooden seat in a church

Islamic Religion

Qur’an: The holy book of Muslims

Koranic school: The place where Qur’an is learned

Friday: This is the day that all Muslims (faithful) go to the mosque for the Jumat service.

Pilgrimage: A journey to a holy place for religious reason

Minaret: A tall tower, usually forming part of the mosque from where Muslims are called for prayers.

Muezzin: A man who calls Muslims to prayers, usually from the tower of a mosque

Ablution: The act of washing yourself

Sura: Chapter or section of the Koran

Sheik: A leader in a Muslim community or organization of the head of Arab family, village, etc.

Qiblah: The direction of Kaaba (the holy building at Mecca) towards which Muslim turn when they are praying.

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