How to Memorize Vocabulary in Another Language

How to Memorize Vocabulary in Another Language

If you are learning another language, then a good chunk of your learning is going to be dedicated to vocabulary. So, how do you learn vocabulary? Is it really that simple? Let's run you through a couple of tips from our tutors, shall we?

FOCUS ON VOCABULARY THAT YOU WILL USE

This is vital.

If you are going to be learning vocab, then make sure that it is things that are going to get used. There is no sense learning vocabulary for the sake of learning vocabulary. There are lists out there of the most common words in any language. Focus on those and expand from there. Focusing on smaller groups of words will be far better than attempting to memorize hundreds of words.

FLASHCARDS

This is perhaps the best way to memorize vocabulary in another language. Get your hands on some flashcards, or even get a flashcard app from your phone. It will be a great way to learn vocab using a proven method.

There are also sites out there, such as Memrize, which actually put a major focus on picking up vocab, so you may want to check out that too. This will focus on words that you will be using.

PRACTICE IN SMALL SESSIONS

Ideally, your vocabulary practice sessions shouldn't be more than 10-15 minutes. Anything longer than that, and you are really going to struggle to learn the words. This is because our brains can only work so long.

This is only when you are focusing on words, though. You can also practice for another 45-minutes in your language e.g. listening, speaking, writing, etc. You may not be memorizing vocabulary directly, but you will be picking up a fair number of words during that session too. Just make a note and ensure that you focus on those words later on.

USE VOCABULARY AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE

The more that you are using words, the more you will be drilling into your head. So, any vocab that you use, try to use it in conversation. Try to write that vocab out as much as possible. Eventually, you will not actually have to practice these words as they will be springing to mind the very second that you want to be using them.

PRACTICE LINKED WORDS

It is easier to memorize words if they are linked together. This means that all of the words you are learning in a session are the same subject. For example, learning all of the words for directions at the same time. You will probably get a lot more use out of the words when you learn them like that anyway, which is going to be a major plus.

In some cases, you may also benefit from memorizing words in sentences. If you do that, then it may be easier for you to remember things.

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