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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?
Post edited by Lynne on


  • 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 Teacher Here and therePosts: 26,046 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: 2,057 ✭✭✭✭
    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 Teacher Here and therePosts: 26,046 mod
    edited May 25
    You're totally right @takafromtokyo. I have tried and failed learning lists of vocabulary because unless I practice using the words, I forget them quickly. It might help for reading a bit, but for speaking I find it doesn't.
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  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,057 ✭✭✭✭
    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.
  • GAOT99GAOT99 Posts: 3
    When I read a new vocabulary I research the word on pages. I avoid the relationship that exits between english and spanish, which is my first language, even if there are lots of similarities. I look for images instead, so the comprehension of the new words I learn is easier. I also use dictionaries online. It's a great way to understand and don't get confused about your native language. In my opinion it's not ok to think similar pronunciation words that mean similar in our native language.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,015 mod
    I`ve also a method to keep new words in mind. Someone here mentioned to use it in a text or in a talk, but the latter is tricky, because you aren`t confitend with it and it seldom comes to mind freely.

    In my case, I am a slow learner but I found a method where I can memorize them more easily. When there is a word I want to take up in my brain treasure I just draw or image it on a slip and colour it powerfuly. This method forces me to work with it a bit longer and the image burns it even deeper in my brain.

  • mounamouna Posts: 1,298 ✭✭✭
    My sister cooks a soop of vegetables,I like this soop,It's very useful our health.
  • maykmayk Posts: 155 ✭✭
    I have list to grow our vocabulary.

    1. Reading books magazine and newspaper- there's a lot of words there that we couldn't encounter yet.

    2. Surfing on the net - you can find any words that wouldn't encounter yet just search it to GOOGLE.

    3. Open your Dictionary - if you don't have a Internet the best way of improving your vocabulary is reading a dictionary.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 26,046 mod
    I have used sticky notes before now, putting them on the wall and anywhere where I can see them to remind me of the word. I think this works well but maybe only at the beginning when you start to learn a new language.
  • sarahsarah Posts: 13 ✭✭
    I think the best way to learn vocab by heart and not forget them is to learn them in a sentence, not singles words and their meanings, but learn sentences and visualize the meaning in your head. It's difficult to do it all the time but very efficient.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,277 mod
    edited July 2
    @Sarah - not just one sentence either. I try to fix important vocabulary in my mind by using each new word every day for 7 days in 7 different sentences. Thank goodness for the internet. :) I find linguee.com very useful in this respect.
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