Every morning before writing I read a little note with new words, new words I have encountered while reading the day before, and slowly I’m starting to see the structure of English language. For example, "immure." It means, to enclose or confine. Then I thought, wait, "mural"! A painting on a wall! They both must come from the same root! I dug deeper. Sure enough, the word stems from Latin muralis "of a wall," and from murus "wall" (there are also Old Latin "moiros" and "moerus").
In Russian words have very clear roots that then acquire “heads” and “tails”, but in English the roots are fluid, and they confuse me. So I plan to continue doing this study and hopefully one day get a complete hang of it, to the point of being able to construct my own words or recognize words due to their structure, without looking them up in the dictionary.
Any other tricks any of you have on how to grasp English? I mean, those of you who are not native speakers and write in English?