How to remember the English vocabulary?
The best way to remember vocabularies in English is that you should use it in your own sentence. In this case, you have a good reference in your mind for that word and you are able to remember it easily.
Use flashcards, or download supermemo program. On the other hand, you should read a lot, because if that word is very useful in English language, you will find out that word a lot. And communication is a good way to remember english vocabulary, or course writing is important as well.
1.Repeat the word in you mind (3 to 100 or more)
2.Write the word on a sheet (10 or more)
3.Pronounce the word (20 to 30 or more)
I’m francophon and as the majority of english words , has a french etymology (60 to 70% of english words) is easy for me , example :
1.EN : Important FR : Important
2.EN : Paper FR : Papier
3.EN : Correction FR : Correction
4.EN : Radio FR : Radio
5.EN : Television FR : Télévision
6.EN : The post office FR : Le bureau de poste
7.EN : Guard FR : Garde
8.EN : Illusion FR : Illusion
9.EN : Infinite FR : Infinité
10.EN : Money FR : Monaie
Anyway , try I don’t know if my method few help you.
I think that with something like vocabulary acquisition, there is no single ‘best way’ and a number of approaches need to be used, depending on various factors like: How much time do I have? What do I enjoy? What do I have access to? How effective is this activity?
Reading is a sure way to build vocabulary knowledge although it’s not as obvious, and you can’t always translate the words you learn. It’s a good way to develop a solid base of passive words which you can dip into.
Flash cards are good, although time consuming if done on paper/cardboard. These days we have flashcard programs which make like much easier. Anki is the one I’d recommend. You can set a number of words to learn each day which you can take from various sources such as reading material, course vocabularies and others.
I learn a lot of words from watching tv/movies and listening to audio. The thing is that you can’t see how it’s spelled. This has different impacts depending on the language you are working on (with English that can be a high impact, as with French and some other - Spanish wouldn’t be so bad, maybe a b/v problem).
It’s possible to learn a huge number of words in a short time, and I certainly recommend it. Find a way which is enjoyable and works for you.
Keep writing on forums and emails . Im sure you will be using many of these newly acquired words more often.
At my blog I’m writing about how I’m trying to learn Swedish. The first thing I’m doing is learning 100 of the most common words in Swedish in 4 weeks. I’m using flashcards to do this but I’m also using and applying them straight away to get them into my mind naturally. So when I speak or write to my Swedish friends I do it in English but I replace the 100 words I’ve learnt.
Example in English: “Hi. How was your day? Was it good?”.
Example with replacements: “Hi. How var your day? Var det good?”.
I’m not focusing on grammar just yet, only vocabulary. I’m only into day 2 of it but apart from occasionally forgetting to say the words it’s going very well.
I’m suggesting this because maybe you’d like to try it but you change it to English instead of Swedish. I don’t know if I can link in these forums but if you go to www.howtolearnswedish.co.uk I explain things in more detail.
I’ve learned 450 words for one of my languages in the last 9 days. I don’t need a blog.
p.s. If you really think that by replacing English words with Swedish ones is going to work, I’m just going to disappoint you here: it isn’t. It’s a bad idea for several reasons. But, you seem to be somewhat non-serious about learning a language anyway. Most likely driven by some sort of ad-profits. Anyone who actually cares about learning a language, doesn’t try such ridiculous methods.
- Half way mark for vocabulary acquisition project 1!
The vocabulary comes when we put a lot of listening and (mainly, in my opinion) reading. When I figured out the word in the context, my brain could record the meaning of the word, and therefore in the next time I read the word I’m able to recognize the word. And we have some tools here in Ling’q, like Flashcards, to help us to stuck the word in our minds.
I am Japanese, so read my comment as one of examples, please.
Learning words and idioms with Flash Cards allows me to improve my reading skill but I still have many problems when it comes to “listening” skill. When listening to native speakers’ natural sounds, I can not recognize the changing of sound (= I can not write to dictation exactly) in spite of knowing all the words visually.
In fact, in English, native speakers don’t pronounce all the letters when they speak naturally. There are certain sound rules to pick up all the sounds of words meaningfully. Average Japanese people usually pronounce even the final consonants.
For example, (very simple examples)
But I… (native speakers say -->> barai)
It is… (native speakers say -->> iris)
Maybe, certain persons can not recognize two words separately (=consider them as new words) when listening to them.
So I have to learn basic native speakes’ natural linking sounds by listening to and repeating them many times.
Of course the best way to learn English vocabulary is to use words in many case.As most of members said you should read a lot,write,communicate,of course listening and use flashcards.In my case if I knew word very well and after several weeks a forgot this word and later I saw the same word in the text context or listening I can remember this word forever.