As promised in the previous post with our English learning tips, now we will give you some tips on how you can learn English words efficiently. You can choose the methods that best suit you or apply all of them to boost your vocabulary.
Learning English words is easy with:
In your home and in your office you can put little post-it notes on objects and pieces of furniture. For example: chair, sofa, French window, bookshelf, notebook, printer. This way you will see those English words all the time! And since repetition is the mother of all knowledge, seeing them several times a day will help you to memorise those words rather quickly.
You can make your own word cards with the words and expressions that you want to revise. Writing is an excellent way of memorising things! Write the English word itself on one side of the card (a simple piece of paper). If you have problems with its pronunciation, write that right below the word. On the other side of your card you have several options:
- you can write the English definition of your word;
- or a sentence with the word in it;
- a translation into your native language,
- or you can draw a picture.
If you put the word cards into your bag or pocket, you can read them while travelling to work or having lunch in the park.
Whenever you encounter new words, write them down in your notebook. The sole purpose of this notebook should be to write new vocabulary in it (no shopping lists and other things that distract you). And whenever you’re bored or alone, open your notebook and read your words (over and over again).
With objects, learning the words with pictures is especially effective. So it’s a good idea to buy picture dictionaries or other books that have word lists with pictures, or find infographics on the internet and save the best word-picture collections on your phone to be able to go back to them and revise them time and again.
Collocations are the regular use of some words with others, especially in a way that is difficult to guess. Write down and make a list of words that go together and learn them together. For example: give it a try, make an effort, draw conclusions, pay attention, make a speech, hard frost.
You can also make a recording of new vocabulary on your cell phone. Record the word (with the correct pronunciation) and then its translation or definition. And again, you can listen to this while on your way to school, work, or home.
And, finally, as with all other elements of the language, vocabulary must be practised. Regularly. Because the words we don’t use will be quickly forgotten. With practice exercises you can keep the language alive and active.
We know that remembering the new words, and thus learning English words, is not easy, but we hope that with these tips you’ll find it easier.