How to expand your vocabulary to the maximum

Why learn new words and phrases? The more vocabulary you know, the better you understand what the characters of your favorite films are talking about. And the more you can tell them if you happen to meet them one day. Words are the building blocks using which you can build walls of knowledge and your own language building. And how high and beautiful it will be depends only on you.

All students are often interested in the question of how to learn new words? In this article, we have prepared 5 ways to learn words in English or another foreign language in a simple, quick and fun way, let's go!)

1. Memorize words in collocations

The English language consists of collocations (common phrases), for example, a handsome man, a beautiful woman. The word beautiful is not used with man, and vice versa. Learn phrases instead of single words and you'll learn English faster, speak more fluently and sound more natural. Ok, how to do it?

2. Read, read and read once again

And I'm not talking about the same text. Reading is the key to expanding vocabulary and using the learned words correctly. Seeing a word in context, you may not only remember its translations or meanings, but the whole phrase in which it is used. The texts should be clear enough (no more than 20% of unfamiliar words are recommended), and most importantly - interesting because when we are interested, we understand more and learn longer (personally verified=)).

3. Work with new words

 According to the findings of scientists studying the process of memorization, the use of a new word immediately, after learning, allows you to remember it quickly and for a long time. Make sentences or even a story with new words, draw pictures for each of them, find and write down opposite or similar  in meaning words, or make up a mind map (you can read about how to make it here) - any work with new words increases your chances of remembering new words for a long time.

4. Repeat, repeat and… well, you get the idea.

Create a notepad dictionary for yourself in which you will write down the list of words for today and the dates of recurrence of words, for example

 

Monday 

Повторы 04.01.2020 в 12:00 13:00, 16:00, 21:00

Последующие повторы: 05.01.2020, 07.01.2020, 14.01.2020, 28.01.2020, 28.02.2020

take photos

фотографировать

have dinner 

ужинать

leave home

выходить из дому

feel sick

тошнить, чувствовать себя плохо

It is highly recommended to follow your daily plan (5-10) words

5. Learn only the phrases and words you need.

The problem of lexical collections that you can find on the Internet is that most of the words from these lists may simply never be needed. Studying unnecessary words is wasting your time and energy. Make the lists yourself, writing down words that you are likely to see and use repeatedly in the future.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. " (Benjamin Franklin) Find someone or something that will make you learn new words, and having a native speaker's vocabulary will only be a matter of time. For example, the teachers of our school will be happy to involve you in the process of  learning new words.) Therefore, join hundreds of our students, and also read many of our other interesting and useful articles)

Author: Andrew Shapovalov

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