A Useful Way to Increase Vocabulary for Beginner to Intermediate Learners. A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Although maybe everybody already knows or uses “Google Image” to increase vocabulary, I am so amazed and excited to know and use it that I would like to introduce it to LingQ members. I think Google Image will help the beginner to intermediate language learners like me to increase vocabulary very much.

The other day, during the discussion with my LingQ tutor, there was a word “zucchini” that was unfamiliar to me. At once, she sent me the homepage address of the result of “zucchini” in Google Image via Skype.

I saw many pictures of zucchini and heard my tutor’s explanation about zucchini. I think I will never forget the word “zucchini” and the image and the meaning of it together.

Afterwards I have looked up many words that are unfamiliar but I want to remember. I think it is easier to increase vocabulary using Google Image with the definition in the conventional online dictionary.

Of course, though it is not perfect, there are some pictures even for adjectives, adverbs, verbs and abstract concepts. I think Google Image will help us to remember the meaning of the words.

Though I always use Flashcard at LingQ to increase my vocabulary and it is helpful to me very much, are there any special tips like using Google Image to increase vocabulary?

Please tell me if you have your own special tips to increase your vocabulary. Thank you.


I’ve actually mentioned this here about a billion times or maybe at least twice:) It’s good for advanced learners as well, because we have to face the fact that we don’t know the name of every flower, every regional dish, parts of national costumes, etc. Google images can help a lot with these kinds of details.

There are a lot of tips that people use to learn languages. I hesistate to mention some of them because they aren’t in line with how Steve thinks, but oh well…

Anki is an open secret. I use it in conjunction with LingQ. It has color and sound capabilities and plenty of space to write a mnenomic if needed. For example, if I want to remember the word “insolation” I might color the “sol” part as red, yellow or orange in order to remember what the word meant. It is a spaced repetition system and it works very well, imo.

When I used LingQs, I liked to use the top 25 words. I liked the old flashcards better. I probably would not have switched to Anki if we’d kept them.

I think it’s good to speak words aloud and try to think of ways you would use them in real life. You can listen to how words sound at Google and Reverso for many of the LingQ languages.

Use the writing function here to practice vocabulary you learn and pick a tutor who really, really loves and knows his or her native language. Ask that person to show you how to use the words in a natural way, not just rewrite your sentence.


Thank you for your comment.

I’m afraid that I haven’t noticed your previous comment about Google Image since I’ve just started using this forum recently.
But the fact that an advanced language learner like you uses Google Image encourages me to keep using it to increase my vocabulary.

I like Flashcard at lingQ and actually use it a lot, but I also wish I could write what I want to write more on the card.
I want to add more and more example sentences about one word or phrase on the same card but the card has limited space and I cannot add all I want to!

Anyway, Thank you again for your various suggestions.

mnemonic =corrected spelled

You’re welcome.