The Most Important Human Asset – Vocabulary
Language is truly what distinguishes us as a specie. Many animals can see, hear, smell, and even feel much better than we do – but no other specie has this wonderful ability to communicate with language to such an intricate degree as we do.
At the core of language we find vocabulary.
Vocabulary is the foundation of human development. Look at your life and you’ll see that the words you have learned and the meanings/values associated to them have determined who you are and , thus, how you life has been unfolding.
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A baby still in the womb is exposed to the sound of words. When the baby is born there is a constant bombardment of these strange and seemingly meaningless sounds. But they are not without meaning at all. Eventually the baby will start to associate value/meaning to the sounds.
Vocabulary is thus in the process of expanding. The more it does, the more about the world we start to uncover. This process is of great importance and, unfortunately , very few are aware of its relevance – because it is such a ‘natural’ thing. It is interesting to note that it is necessary extensive training to become a teacher, yet there is no such a thing prior to becoming a parent – the most important “job” in the world.
Parents (or carers) are the greatest educators of their offspring – for they are the predominant environment from which they learn from. Parents are the input of information. This information comes in the form of words (vocabulary) that contain meaning. The greater the vocabulary and the clearer the meaning, the better the child will develop.
The meaning/value given to words is incredibly important – for what is a sound if it has no substance?
Children learn most words “naturally” and through a process association within the context of the environment wherein the word is used.
This means that in many occasions what they learn is in fact not the real meaning of the word but rather the “atmosphere”/”vibe”/”energy” of the event wherein the words were used.
Let me give you an example: Let’s say you have a baby and it is dinner time, and the baby will eat soup. Let’s imagine that you had a particular stressful day and you arrived home still stressed and worried regarding things about your job and you can’t stop thinking about it. Let’s also imagine that the baby is not particularly hungry. Now, when you start feeding the baby and you are saying “come on, eat the soup, open your mouth”, the baby resists and you start to feel even more emotional — the baby is picking up on all of that emotional information (especially because of the trust existent between the baby and the parent) and will start crying. This will make you even more stressed and agitated, and thus the baby will to cry more – then you say “just eat the soup already!”. Within this, the word “soup” does not mean the “nutritious liquid substance” but rather all the emotion attached to the event. Now imagine this repeats many times, and it is always the same situation – what do you think the word “soup” will mean to the child later on in life? The child will not like “soup” because the word itself and also the smell and taste associated with it is completely contaminated by the stressful and emotional past experience. And the child won’t even be able to tell why he doesn’t like soup.
Now consider that throughout our development as children we have learned words this way, wherein the actual meaning is contaminated. This causes extensive problems in character development, for example.
This is but one aspect of the importance of vocabulary and how it completely determines who we are and our lives.
Now I want you to consider the impact a small vocabulary has on a child. For this I want you to consider each “word” as a “tool” in our “tool-box set”. If we don’t have many tools, then we can’t do much with the tool-box. On the other hand, if our tool-box is extensive, then we can do many things with it. Thus, words are the tools we use to build our lives. The more words we know, the greater and more refined our construction will be.
What sort of “life construction” would you like your children to create for themselves? One that is firm and tall? Or yet another mediocre life to add to the billions of other mediocre lives?