Between the ages of four and nine, your child will have to master some 100 phonics rules, learn to recognize 3,000 words with just a glance, and develop a comfortable reading speed approaching 100 words a minute. He must learn to combine words on the page with a half-dozen squiggles called punctuation into something – a voice or image in his mind that gives back meaning. (Paul Kropp, 1996) As stated above, a lot of learning takes place at an early age when it comes to language. The consensus about any language, including a second language, is the younger you are the better. The problem is many of us learn the basics of language and stop there. Then when we get into a University level which demands proper grammar and a higher level of vocabulary, we are at a loss. The more and more papers I start to write, the more and more I realize that my grammar and vocabulary is sub-par (we are talking University level here). Although I believe my vocabulary and grammar to be above average, I also believe it to not be as effective or as sufficient as it could be. I am currently 22 years of age and was curious if any of you knew some ways that adults (people out of basic school level who are expected to know language) can not only refresh what they have learned but also expand on it. I catch myself a lot of times looking up words in the computer dictionary that I know I should recognize. What way is the most effective in achieving a higher standard of grammar and vocabulary?