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"The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shawl and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again."

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The secret to learning vocabulary

edited November 2016 in Words Words Words
I have created an easy way to learn and remember vocabulary. There are nine important things to knowing a word. Can you guess them all?
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  • omidsomids Posts: 10 ✭✭
    I think we should visualize the words.
  • omidsomids Posts: 10 ✭✭
    Also, we should think similar pronunciation words that mean similar in our native language.
  • omidsomids Posts: 10 ✭✭
    Another view is that we should notice their dictation to move them into our long-term memory.
  • omidsomids Posts: 10 ✭✭
  • omidsomids Posts: 10 ✭✭
    Finally, we should use these new words into our writings and speakings.
  • icha_15icha_15 Posts: 122 ✭✭
    edited November 2016
    Hi @AnitaLanguageCorner , is it some riddle for us?hehe...Better if you could share what they are and then we can practice as your suggestion. For me remembering vocabulary is not simple. I read more books in English text and I often find the new words that can enrich my vocabulary. But the problem is I often forget them easily. Sometimes I write down the new words to become a sentence. I think it works as well.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,885 mod
    @omids you definitely have the right idea. It helps not to be lazy like me though.
  • askermanaskerman Posts: 12 ✭✭
    i used flashcards for learning new words
    Pictures with words are also effective as it can save in your long term memory
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,054 ✭✭✭✭
    Recently, I came to a conclusion that if you want to learn a new word that you can truly use, you should learn to use it. The first step would be throwing away your word list. Looking back, I figure memorizing words by list hasn't helped me use them in the actual conversations.

    Using words is the only practical way to build your vocabulary.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,885 mod
    You're totally right @takafromtokyo. I have tried and failed learning lists of vocabulary because unless u practice using the words, I forget them quickly. It might help for reading a bit, but for speaking I find it doesn't.
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,054 ✭✭✭✭
    Yes, for reading books and articles, working on word lists would help you; no doubt about it. But for speaking, you need to use them. It may sound strange, but wether you use them correctly or not is not as important as using them. Mistakes can be embarrassing but it can create funny moments and helps the word stick to your head easier.
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