Learn Vocabulary Faster and Easier
Learn Vocabulary Faster and Easier
Many English learners say things like;
‘I need to learn more vocabulary’ or ‘I don’t have enough vocabulary’
A BIG MISTAKE that English learners make is to get a notebook and write down a big list of different vocabulary with the translation next to it. Maybe, it looks something like this;
Cat – Gato
Dog – Perro
House – Casa
Car – Coche
Ok, it’s fantastic that you’re trying to learn new words and the motivation is there... but realistically are you going to remember all of these words? Are you going to look at this list again? Probably NOT!
The reason why is because your brain doesn’t naturally work this way and your actually making your brain work twice as hard to remember the words.
What can you do then?
Tip 1 - Associate NEW words or phrases with movement
When you learn a new word or phrase assign an action to it. You could clap your hands, nod your head, put you hand up. Anything. This WILL help you to remember the vocabulary as you brain works in a more natural way and the action makes a connection in the brain to the word. Try it, it really does work!!!
Tip 2 - Use sticky notes
My favourite tool of them all…sticky notes. All you need to do is go to the local stationary shop and buy some beautifully coloured sticky notes (they come in all different colours; pink, green, blue etc.)
Every week I want you to write about 10 new words or phrases on each sticky note, under each word write couple of sentences using the word or phrase in context – Don’t miss this step as it helps you to remember the vocabulary easier.
Then, stick them around your house; on your mirror, on the door, by you bed, on the fridge wherever you like but it must be in a place you see often. Throughout the week you are guaranteed to see these words or phrases again and again helping you to remember them faster and easier.
Every week change the vocabulary and within a couple of months your will have learnt 100’s of new words and phrases.
It’s simple but so effective you can even do it right now!
Tip 3 - Think more in English
The more you surround yourself in English the faster you learn and obviously living in an English-speaking country would be the most effective. However, I understand that you probably don’t live in an English-speaking country…so what can you do?
When you wake up change your thinking into English. For example;
You wake up, THINK IN ENGLISH – Good morning, oh the weather looks lovely this morning I think I’m going to go for a walk in the park and maybe meet up with my friend.
You are drinking you cup of tea, THINK IN ENGLISH – At the weekend I’ve got to do some decorating and maybe I’ll go to the supermarket OR my last holiday was so much fun, we stayed in a lovely hotel and the food was delicious.
Hopefully, you see my point here. Just try to change your mind into English and commentate about what you’re doing. Then when you do have to speak in English it’s going to feel more natural and easier.
Tip 4 - Watch, Listen and Read
As I said in the previous tip – surround yourself in English!
Watch English programmes, listen to the radio or podcasts and read books, articles whatever you can find. The more frequently you do this, the more new vocabulary and phrases you will come across.
When you do hear the new vocabulary record it – write it in a notebook, write down a sentence or two with it in context and then think about how you might use it in the future when having a conversation in English.
Following these 4 easy but effective tips is definitely going to help boost your vocabulary and help you sound more interesting when speaking English.
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