Tips for Vocabulary

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby gandalf » Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:51 pm

Learning 5 words a day is too slow. You should aim to learn 100!

For instance use a picture dictionary, where systems are shown and explained. Look at a medical diagram of a body and you will quickly learn a hundred words. Look at a mechanical diagram of a motor, or the construction of a house where all the parts have labels.

The hundred words go into your "passive memory" - you can recognise them, but you might not be ready to use them. Talk with a friend about the pictures. Make up a story, like someone who is feeling sick, or how to build a house. The new words will come quickly into your "active memory".

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby albertbrine » Thu May 31, 2012 10:33 am

Hello,
I understand vocabulary is so much important in English. But I faced a problem how I can remember those words and used it in writing and speaking.

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby critmov » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:55 am

There are many tips. I used to write any new words I found anywhere on my note then checked my dictionary to find out the meaning.

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby McTag » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:52 pm

Obviously this varies from person to person. I would suggest trying lots of different techniques because you will find that some work better for you than others.

When I was learning French I enjoyed reading, listening and watching things and noting down any words I didn't know so that I could look them up later. By varying the activities between reading, listening and watching things, I found that doing the work to find new vocabulary wasn't boring. Another benefit of this approach is that you are more likely to come across words that are used more regularly. Obviously this depends on what you read, listen to or watch, but you can be selective about this in order to learn the right vocabulary.
For example, if you want to learn some political terminology, reading newspaper reports is often a good start. Or, if you were looking for vocabulary about going on holiday, try finding and watching a travel program.
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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby Rajeshvig » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:37 am

I love to learn new English words everyday. This is a very good website to learn and share new things about English.

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby polish » Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:15 pm

I use to learn words described here already: I get to know a new word, write it on a small piece of paper and put or I stick in a place where I see frequently (the mirror over the stove, the computer screen) and I peek at it every time I go there . (I am a visual learner). The word sticks in my memory permanently :)

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby javasen » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:46 pm

My way to enrich the vocabulary of English is so:
I am searching in the dictionary for example names of animals, I am repeating them - and then on the the sheet I am writing out from the memory the most names of animals, as many I will remember. The same I am dealing with names of plants, of colours etc.

The other my way is very simple: I am making the list of English words and their equivalents in my language (Polish). Then I am covering the English part and I am writing out English words, I am checking - and this way to the effect, as far as I will write out all English words correctly.

Presumably these are trivial methods, but for me it works. :)

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby tadkoks » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:27 pm

For me an excellent way for the learning of words are songs - namely I have a lot of favourite songs, but so far I didn't know texts, because I wasn't good at English. Now I am printing the text of my favourite song, I am listening to it and I am singing with the vocalist, looking at words. Then I am hiding the sheet and I am trying to give a fluent answer at the memory. If I forget words - I am looking at the sheet. Then I can already sing without the sheet and I can see words in my imagination, what I am singing.

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby riyagupta » Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:20 am

Toughest part of learning any language is to memorize the Vocabulary power needed for that language. There are many ways to do it. Keep reading/listening to articles/movies/music etc in English (or whatever language you want to learn) .. and during that process make sure that you keep a note of words you encounter frequently and try to memorize them as they will be common words.

Memorizing the meaning of words is another daunting task ... refer MnemonicDictionary.com for the same. It can help you a lot memorizing words using MnemonicDictionary.

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby mandrews » Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:07 am

For me, some of the best ways to learn or improve vocabulary is through reading, speaking, and watching movies. These 3 have been so helpful to me in many situations. First off, there is no doubt that through reading you learn so many words, their meaning, and how they are and should be used in a sentence. Speaking on the other hand is very important because learning a new word from reading is useless if you cannot apply it in your life. Thus, learning and application through speaking should always go hand in hand. Lastly, some of you may wonder how movies can help improve vocabulary. But movies and TV series have all sorts of expressions- the one's commonly heard and even those that are not. At the same time, the language in movies are used in a conversational manner so it makes a good way to learn how the expressions and words should be used in a sentence.


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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby Faizah » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:13 am

Hello everyone! What a good site is this one !
Let me tell you a little about my way in learning vocabulary and though it is a haunting one but I never give up learning new words . Along time ago, I decided to increase my exposure to English wether in spoken or written forms.when I come across any new words I do the following: I pick up the word & write it in the list of words in my vocabulary notebook. Then I look up the meaning of the word in online electronic dictionary , listen to the pronunciation and repeat it several times as well as reading the transcription of it , see what part of speech it is, read the examples given for it in various situations. ...etc . After a few days I come back to my notebook and mark the new words I just learned . I practice their pronunciation again and recall their meanings by using them in sentences from my own. I may think or invent imaginary situation where I can use those words . More than often , I go to YouTube and watch vedios on certain topics just to learn the vocabulary used in that particular field and i repeat the same steps for the new words I mentioned earlier .

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby reindeer » Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:50 pm

Hi,

When people start learning a foreign language, they usually look for some techniques that might help. Back in time, there were not many of them - as a rule, we began with a grammar book and ended with reading simple stories provided with a glossary. Today it's different: we've got the wide variety of ways to make a study interesting and effectively. No reason to list them - you name it!
But keep in mind: no technique will help unless you have adopted the natural way of speaking i.e. correct usage of words and phrases. I experienced firsthand that even the simplest things must be learned and understood deeply. Not long ago, I came to comprehension, that one of the most serious troubles we face while memorizing words is actually a mismatch of semantic meaning. At the beginning of my study I'd say 'I engage in music, running or business' - (a form taken from some dusty grammar book) and it would surely be understanding. At the same time, as there are ways to speak naturally, why don't I do it? Today, I will rather say I'm a musician, I do running and I run a business. Another example: the word 'take' in English and in Russian may have either the same or different meanings. For example, it's okay to say 'Take your pen and write' - I mean, in Russian it's okay too, but it's not the same for 'take your seat' and 'take part of'- we don't 'take' seats in Russia, we say 'sit, please'. And meditate. :prof:
I'm aware that I tell you no secret, but I believe it's really important to remember: mismatch of semantic meaning is a real rock on which we split!

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Re: Tips for Vocabulary

Postby Smartboys » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:55 pm

In my book, I don't think learning many word can help us to develope our english, I started learning english with english grammer books and trying to memorise many word. but I couldn't be able to speak or write often correctly, until when visited a perticul website wich explained to me that "we can be able to improve our speaking english only when we learn many phrase, I want to + verb
I have + noun
I don't want to + verb
let's take this simple phrase
I want to +verb > I want to come to your party, I want to know how to improve my english. by learning such phase, you can speak english with ease,


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