After studying abroad you need to continue speaking to native speakers to further improve your English.
The kanji and the word are almost exactly the same, but instead of just meaning again it also means furthermore and moreover. This is one of those good paragraph-starting essay words!
The reading is a bit different from what you learned with the kanji, though. Just think about how again he dropped the 皿 (さら). Wow, what a screw up. Again and again.