Word games have been around for ages and today they continue to delight word buffs around the world. These puzzles are more than just a fun pastime, they also help improve your vocabulary, consequently improving your writing and conversational skills and the response time of your brain. Moreover, they enhance your focus, engage your brain, and improve your concentration time. Basically, word games are to the mind what exercise is to the body.
You might not be paying attention to all the benefits word games provide, and just want to play and win. We hear you! Whether you’re playing against yourself or others, we will let you in on some tips and hacks to improve your game.
Many games have an easy level and a difficult level. This is true of crossword games, games that require you to arrange letters on a grid to form words, or games that are untimed vs timed. Plunging into a difficult level right away can be discouraging and a lot tougher than you think. Start with an easy level first then work your way up to more advanced levels.
Recognize Letter Patterns
The English language is full of letter clusters and patterns. When you become familiar with them, it’s much easier to create words. Examples of these patterns are often found at the end of a word and also at the beginning or middle of words. Examples of letter patterns include ing, tion, ion, er, and many more. Native speakers of English might recognize them naturally, but for a person learning English, they might need to make a bit more effort to know what the patterns are.
These patterns help improve your spelling, which you absolutely need to become better at word games. If you have a word like “Nation” and spell it as you hear it, you might spell it “Naishun,” which isn’t even a word. So, knowing the letter clusters teaches you to spell correctly.
Everyone needs some help, so using an unscramble tool can come in handy when playing word games. You simply enter the letters you have to work with and let the tool unscramble the letters to make new words. It’s great practice using a website that is free and extremely easy to use, with no registration or signup needed. You’ll be amazed by just how many words can come out of just seven Scrabble letters. For instance, you can make 163 words from the letters that spell out “Gardens.” Very few people, if any, can come up with all 163 anagrams of a single word on their own.
Many of these unscramble sites also have a linked dictionary to find out what a word means. Simply click on the word and that will lead you to its definition. The more you use such tools, the more you will be able to recognize letter patterns.