How to remember new vocabulary?
Have you ever found yourself in this situation?
Perla is an English student. Yesterday in class, the teacher told the students that they will be having an exam on Monday, focusing on the new vocabulary they had learned.
Perla was nervous the whole weekend because she didn’t know how to study new vocabulary. She tried to make a list with all the new words they had learned and memorize everything from the list.
On Monday, she was so stressed because she didn’t know if she had learned all the words. She had to write synonyms and antonyms of the words they had learned, including their definitions.
However, she wasn’t able to remember all the words.
She was so sad when she got a bad grade…
So, what is it that you can do when you find yourself in a situation like this?
How can you avoid putting yourself in this kind of situation?
Is there something you can do to avoid this?
For many people learning new vocabulary can be very stressful because they assume that they would have to learn a long list of words and memorize everything.
If you want to improve your vocabulary skills and learn how to remember new words, there are many ways you can do that.
You just have to find a way that works best for you and start practicing.
There are many things that you can be doing, every day to improve your English vocabulary! Watch this video lesson to learn some tips and tricks you CAN start applying today!
If you want to achieve high English fluency, you need to pay special attention to new vocabulary, among other things.
Learning new words can help you enhance your fluency in English.
It is very important to learn synonyms because you don’t want to sound boring.
If you use many different words for the same thing, instead of just repeating that one word many times, you will sound more fluent and people won’t find you boring.
Imagine that you’re talking to someone that uses the word boring all the time.
It would indeed be boring!
That person can use many different words instead of just using boring.
They can say uninterested, monotonous, tiresome and tedious, among other words.
Keep reading and learn MORE TIPS TO IMPROVE your English Fluency.
So, how can you improve your vocabulary skills?
Here are my tips on how to improve your vocabulary and learn new words!
1. You can start by creating associations.
Associations can really help you memorize new words. You can associate new English words with words in your native language.
You can also think of some everyday situations in which you would use that word.
The more you visualize the word, the better will you remember it later.
2. You can also create a vocabulary journal.
This is another great way of learning vocabulary words. You can write out new words into your vocabulary journal. Instead of just writing down their definitions, try to write your own sentences in which you will use the words.
You can also draw pictures depicting the meaning of the words to accompany their definitions.
3. You can also write the words by topics.
That’s an effective way to learn new vocabulary. If you group the words by topics, it will be easier for you to memorize them.
Mind maps can also come in handy. It’s great to have a visual representation of words. Our mind can memorize pictures more quickly.
4. You can make your own little dictionary.
A great way to learn new vocabulary is to read books in English.
Many readers feel overwhelmed when they read and don’t understand some words, especially if they don’t understand many words.
They feel exhausted when they have to look the words up in a dictionary just to find out what the writer wanted to say.
Don’t feel overwhelmed when you read a book and come across a word that you don’t understand. Take your time and look it up in a dictionary to learn its meaning. Write it down in your notebook.
You can add synonyms and antonyms and many other things you find interesting. You can even try to sketch the word.
The more associations you create, the better will you remember new words.
What would have happened if Perla had followed these tips?
Well, she would have known all the words in the exam and get a better grade.
She wouldn’t have felt ashamed and anxious because she couldn’t remember the words that she had previously tried to learn.
If she had followed the tips, she would have remembered all the words.
These tips can help you a lot when learning new vocabulary.
**But, no matter the way you choose to learn and remember new vocabulary, you must bear in mind that you need to practice your techniques regularly. **
How do you feel about your vocabulary skills?
Do you often feel stupid when you can’t learn new vocabulary? Have you been learning some words for a while now and you still don’t know when to use them and what they mean?
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by all the new words you need to learn.
Take action today and start learning new words day by day.
As an English learner, you need to expose yourself to new vocabulary and read as much as you can.
Reading and looking up new words is an excellent way of building and practicing vocabulary. You can also try out many different vocabulary applications.
They are great fun and an excellent way to test your knowledge!