Learning vocabulary is a crucial part of learning a language and there are many ways to do it. Here are some tips about learning vocabulary that we've discussed in English class. Even if you have your own ideas about the best way to learn new words there might be a few new ideas worth trying.
Use vocabulary cards
Write new words in a vocabulary book
Organise the vocabulary - by word class, by topic or alphabetically
Try an app such as Quizlet
Read the word in context
Write sentences including the target vocabulary
Do a mind map
Use corpora or dictionaries to find out more about the word
Use the internet, for example shopping websites to learn clothing vocabulary
Use the word in real life
What should you include on vocabulary cards?
Basically, the more information the better. Here are some of the things you can include:
Target word in English
The word in your language (write this on the other side of the card)
Definition in English
A good sentence using the target word
Word class (noun, verb, adjective)
Pictures or photos
How to pronounce the word
Word transformation, for example pronounce (v), pronunciation (n)
What is the best way of learning vocabulary?
All the tips are good but for me the best way to learn a new word or phrase is by talking to people about it. I tend to learn more when people explain something to me than when I find the answer in a book.
What about you? What is your favourite tip?