Build and Remember Vocabulary
English is one of the most useful and powerful languages in the world, which means that everyone wants to be fluent, but how does that happen? It helps to develop a good working vocabulary in the language, and this is true with every language that you learn. Why? Vocabulary allows you to express yourself clearly in English and to be able to have (and maintain) a conversation in English, so you want to remember new words and be able to use them! Luckily, there are ways to quickly build and remember vocabulary in English.
Think of Vocabulary as the meat on your bones, the flowers in your garden, the peanut butter to your jelly, the icing on the cake, the gasoline to your car, and so on! While there is “shortcut” to learning a language, being able to build and develop a strong vocabulary base will help you to achieve fluency, especially as you learn the English grammar.
In this tip, learn how to build your English vocabulary and remember words more quickly. We’ll talk about the 3 ways to quickly build and remember vocabulary:
#1 – (C)onnect
One reason why some English learners learn quickly is because they listen to a new word (or a word they’re not very familiar with), and instantly try to connect this new word with a word, idea, or sound that they already know, in the same language! This helps you remember the new word more easily because you connected it with something that is familiar to you. The more you use this method with new words, the more you will be able to understand how it sounds and what it means. It even happens in your brain! In your brain, you create new neuropathways between something you know to something new Here’s an example:
- Which word goes best with flower? (Appealing)
- Which word goes with mountain? (Breezy)
#2 – (R)epeat
There’s a saying: “When you want a lie to be true, repeat it again and again.” When you’re learning the vocabulary of a different language, this idea is no different. When you learn a new word, it’s very easy to forget this new word after only a few minutes. Repeating this word not only helps you practice that word’s pronunciation, but it will be much easier to remember it later on, especially if you need to use it in a conversation. You might look silly saying the same word hundreds of times, but it is much better than to forget it.
- Appealing. Appealing, appealing, appealing, appealing, appealing, appealing, appealing, appealing, appealing, appealing, appealing…
#3 – (U)se
Finally, the last method that you can use to build and develop your vocabulary is to USE IT! There’s nothing better than to use a word that you just learned. Not only you will have a much easier time remembering how that word is pronounced, but it will further help you to understand what it means, and how it can be used in a real-life conversation! It doesn’t have to be face-to-face (especially if you don’t live in an English-speaking country), but you can get online and chat with a native speaker and use that new word.
There’s always the temptation to think or translate every new word in your native language. My advice: don’t do it! Here’s an example of how a new word (breezy) can be used in a conversation:
- Jim: “Hey Joe! It’s great to talk to you again! How are you?”
- Joe: “Hi Jim! Likewise! I’m doing great! You? How’s the weather in Boston?”
- Jim: “I’m doing great, thank you! The weather here is pretty breezy.”
- Joe: “Oh really? It’s not breezy here in Chicago. We don’t get a lot of wind.”
These are the 3 ways to quickly build and remember vocabulary in English. Watch the video or listen to the podcast for a more detailed explanation and examples.
I hope that this helps you to efficiently build your vocabulary in English. If you do this consistently, you will soon be amazed by your fluency!