Remembering English vocabulary is an extremely important part of learning a new language, but it seems to be quite difficult to achieve.
Today, the Language Institute – IFL wants to share with you some tips to help you learn new words more easily and excitedly. Let us know your favorite method of learning new words by commenting under this article.
This is an essential activity because reading is the best way to help us access a rich vocabulary.
Remember: you can read anything you want! You can read literary books if that’s your favorite genre, if not, try reading comics or magazines. You can buy a cookbook to read, or read stories for your kids. There are thousands of onlines, websites with lots of useful information … your choices are limitless. So, look for things that interest you.
Reading is an easy and relaxing method that will help you improve your language skills. Not only that, you will learn many new things. A double job is not it.
2. Understand context
Great! So you’ve learned a lot of new words, but if you don’t understand how and when to use them, you’re still not completely considered to have learned from them.
This is why reading is so important because then words placed in a context help us understand their meaning and usage.
For example: In the sentence “This soup is horrible, it tastes so bitter!” You may not know the meaning of the word “bitter”, but thanks to being placed in the sentence, you can understand its meaning as “not good”.
Context helps us understand a word used in formal or everyday style, the word can be used when talking to friends, or is often used in writing instead of spoken language.
3. Learn related words
If you are learning the word “care”, do not stop there. Use a dictionary or the Internet to find out more words from that word, and expressions of that word.
For example, you can find related words like careful, carefree, careless, take care!
See it. You start with a word, but quickly learn 4 more words. And because the meaning of the words is related to each other, it is easier to understand and remember each word.
4. Ask questions
Sentence is a way to help us turn what we have learned into action. Because even though you have learned and understood how to use a new word, for the brain to memorize it for a long time in the future, it is best to use it right away.
Put 10 sentences, use different meanings of the word you want to learn, or if it is a verb, you can use different tenses.
For example, if you want to remember the phrase “to tidy up”, put a few sentences like:
“Maria, you must tidy your room up”, “I have to upload before friends come”, “Paul will watch TV after he finishes tidying up the kitchen”.
Have you ever heard this saying by Benjamin Franklin’s not yet: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, enlist me and I learn”?
Temporarily translated: “Tell me and I’ll forget. Teach me and I will remember. Let me do it and I will learn it.
So by asking yourself, you are asking the right brain to work and directly participate in the learning process.
By listening to your own voice when you read a word out loud and visualize your mouth movement when speaking, you are creating a connection with the brain.
If you’ve ever studied English in the past but haven’t used it for a long time, you may know the words but will find it difficult to remember them. So when you speak, it makes it easier to remember words.
Use a camera, smartphone or webcam to record your practice of vocabulary and sentences.
6. Make flashcards
Flashcards are a popular way to learn new words. You can use memo sheets and paste them in places you often look at, or draw a simple picture that describes the definition of the word if you belong to the visual class.
Every day, pull out your flashcards and read them.
Another secret is to always carry a notebook and pen with you. When you hear a word or sentence in a movie or song that you feel like, you can write it in the book. When you return home, you can look up the word and add it to the list of words you have learned.
8. Play the game
When you feel happy you will learn more easily. Therefore, playing some games such as word puzzles and crossword puzzles will help test your creativity and stimulate thoughts beyond the framework.
9. Practice speaking
At number 5, we explained why recording your own voice helps you remember the word better.
If you don’t have any foreign friends (native speakers), don’t worry, invite friends who want to learn English to go to coffee and practice together.
To achieve the best performance, you should choose a different topic each week to exchange.