Are you struggling with finding the best way to learn English vocabulary? Perhaps you’re tired of searching through dictionaries and quietly reading your notes. Maybe you’ve noticed that you study vocabulary for hours, but then you forget most of the words.
Believe it or not, but learning vocabulary can be fun! Here are some ways you can learn English vocabulary quickly and efficiently; and have some fun.
Ways to Learn English Vocabulary
1. Use New Words in Conversations
Using new words in conversations is the best way to study vocabulary. The more you use a new word, the more comfortable you will feel.
Everyday, make a list of 3-5 new words you want to use. Look at this list throughout the day and mark a check each time you use one of the words in a conversation. Try to use them all by the end of the day!
2. Draw Pictures
It is a good idea to draw pictures of the new words you are learning. No, it isn’t just for kids. It’s also a great thing for adults. Drawing pictures helps you cement the meaning of the word into your long-term memory. Plus, it’s fun!
To start, get some blank index cards. For each new word, draw a picture of the new word on one side and write the word on the other side. In your free time, you can quiz yourself by looking at the pictures and guessing the words.
Another idea is to get a large poster board and draw pictures of as many vocabulary words as possible. Choose words that naturally go together, such as foods, transportation, business, etc.
3. Make Flashcards
Flashcards are an excellent way to learn new words. However, you must write the correct information on the cards! You don’t want to study the wrong information.
Write short, simple definitions that are easy to understand, one or two synonyms (similar words), and an example sentence.
Never throw away your flashcards. Keep them and study them often.
4. Group New Words by Theme
Grouping words by theme helps you understand the relationship between the words, how they are connected, and when you should use them.
First, choose around 50 words, and write each word on a flashcard. Then, decide on categories (i.e., noun, verb, adjective, adverb), and place the flashcards into the categories. Later, you can repeat using different categories.
- Positive, Negative
- Person, Place, Thing
- Illness, Cure, Symptom
- Water, Land, Air
- Harmful, Helpful
5. Write a Story
Challenge yourself to write a story using the new vocabulary words. This helps you understand the meaning of the words in order to use them correctly in the story.
First, select 10 words. Then, create a story using all 10 words.
6. Visit Places Where You Can Use The Vocabulary
Immerse yourself in a location where you can use the new vocabulary naturally. By going to these places, you are forced to speak your new words. This also helps you fully understand when, where, and how to use the vocabulary.
For example, if you’re studying food vocabulary, go to a restaurant or market. Visit a museum if you are studying culture vocabulary. Go to any place where you can think about and speak your new words.
7. Study Phrases
Vocabulary is rarely used by itself. Most words come in chunks when they’re used correctly. It’s important that you study vocabulary in these phrases and not as solitary words.
Avoid writing vocabulary down as just one word. Instead, note what words are used before or after the vocabulary. This will help you use the words correctly in a sentence.
8. Write a Song
Music can help you learn a language quickly and easily. By writing your own song, you are interacting with the words for a long time. In order to write the lyrics, you must be creative and have a deep understanding of what the words mean.
First, create a catchy tune or use a melody you like from one of your favorite pieces of music. Then, write lyrics using the vocabulary words.
9. Take Your Vocabulary With You
You should take your vocabulary with you everywhere you go. You never know when you might need to use a word that you can’t remember.
Make a PDF document of new vocabulary you want to study. Print it and take it with you or save it on your smartphone. Study the new words whenever you can – on the bus, on the train, during lunch, etc.
These are some ideas of how you can learn English vocabulary. Remember, it’s most important to use the words in real, authentic situations, and to have some fun doing it!