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How to Memorize Vocabulary Fast (and Remember it Forever)

How to Memorize Vocabulary Fast (and Remember it Forever)
Melbourne Classical Radio In the beginning of our journey of learning a new language, we dream that one day we will wake up and start speaking fluently and confidently…we will describe our emotions and ideas clearly, express ourselves the way we want to… However, it is impossible without words… words we have to learn to interact with others… Hi! Welcome to my channel! We both know learning new words is an essential part of learning any language and really challenging for some of us as new words just go in one ear and out the other. 

Sometimes, we cannot recall words after a couple of days or even hours after learning them… We put a lot of effort, we work so hard, but when time comes to remember and use them we can hardly do it. I think it is a terrible feeling, it makes us feel that we are completely useless at learning languages, which is not true, right?!?! I am going to tell you about the principles I follow to improve my vocabulary. I hope it will be useful for you. 

I think there is no point to learn every single word you face...There are hundreds of thousands of words in every language, and most of them are not relevant to you, especially when you start learning a language. Choose words you think are necessary and interesting to everyday communication. 

If you focus on the words that are meaningful to you, you’ll remember them in the long-term. Personally, I had to work hard on my vocabulary to succeed in the IELTS exam, and I learned almost all unfamiliar words straightaway after taking practical tests. At that time, every single word was important to me because I did not want to get stuck during the exam and lose precious points due to the lack of vocabulary. 

However, nowadays I don’t learn every unknown word because some of them are not relevant to my everyday life. Every time you select a word or phrase to learn store it on your phone or a notebook…whatever you find convenient. 

So, you will have your own created dictionary which you can use at any time. Personally, I use an amazing app called Quizlet which I installed on my phone. All words I find interesting and important I add to the app. By that, I can follow the next principle, which is review. 

When we learn something new, we initially remember it very well. However, after some time, we tend to forget it. The same happens with learning new words. That’s why reviewing learned words and phrases is important. 

If you don’t do it, you will forget them and all progress you’ve made will be lost. Make sure that you regularly and constantly review old information, while learning new words at the same time. This principle is extremely important to me because I am one of those people who can easily forget everything without repeating. While my preparation for the IELTS exam, I created for about 50 sets with no less 50 terms in Quizlet. 

In the beginning of my preparation, almost every third word from Reading and Listening practice tests was unfamiliar, however after some time I could understand what was written there even without using a dictionary. Association means using things that are already familiar to you to help you remember new words and phrases. I find this technique interesting and, to some extent, entertaining. 

You can find a word in your own language or a language you learn which sounds familiar to a word you are learning and use that word as a reminder. Another way to memorize words is to create a picture of them in your mind. Here is an example. I have a brother. Actually, the word “brother” is one of the first words we learn in any language. 

When my brother and me were children he sometimes bothered me. Bother means to disturb or upset someone. I clearly remember how he pulled my ponytail and did stuff like that. I have an image of it in my mind. Have a look at 2 words - brother and bother. They are similar. 

I used the word brother to remember the word bother. So, brother is my association with the word bother. I think, Having word associations helps us learn and recall new words easily and more effectively. Don’t stop after you learn a new word. Be creative and try to use your newly learned words as much as possible. 

Activities like writing them down, saying aloud, creating sentences and using them in a conversation are good steps to keep words in your mind for a long period of time. Remember, every learned word has not disappeared from your memory. 

It is still there, but, sometimes, in the moment of speaking you can’t recall it. 
1) Choose words you want or need to learn. 
2) Record them 
3) Review them 
4) Link them to what you already know 
5) Use them on a daily basis and then words will automatically flow. 
It is everything I wanted to tell you for today!

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