rare common words

Guest   Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:03 am GMT
Are there any advice about how to learn those 'rare common' words. All those words that most native speakers know but most only rarely actually use? Especially nouns for less comon objects.
guest   Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:50 pm GMT
you mean, like 'oxymoron'?
Guest   Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:01 pm GMT
I think he means easel or enchiridion. Or wench. LOL
Uriel   Wed Mar 05, 2008 7:12 am GMT
Well, native speakers mainly learn them by reading, since you usually only encounter such words in print. We figure them out by context and/or consulting a dictionary. No reason why there should be a different tactic for non-natives.