I’m interested in building up my English vocabulary, but whenever I look for “difficult English words” or “advanced vocabulary” I’m presented with a list of polysyllabic words such as: aberration, abhor, acquiesce, amiable, appease, arcane, avarice, etc.
Being a Spaniard, I found all these mostly Latin-rooted words quite easy. The difficult words for me are the monosyllabic ones with Old English or Germanic roots, such as: bask, botch, dun, garble, goon, helm, knit, knoll, lath, lye, muck, pry, quell, slat, swig, stump, tussle, wan, whet, etc.
Do you know of any Internet resources devoted to vocabulary building but centered in words of this kind? I haven’t been able to find one. Or do you have any idea about how I should proceed?
I’m sure most native speakers of Romance languages share this problem.