Creative ways to learn vocabulary!

By Mehar-un-nisa

Learning itself is an art. There are different techniques that you can apply to learn this art. Here are some techniques to learn vocabulary of English language. Pick any/many technique/techniques according to your interest and feasibility.

Here are some tips:

Learn like a baby:
Never let your curiosity fade out. Ask questions learn things with open heart. Never feel shy at all. nobody is perfect and you are learning! Kill your fear.

Observe it!
Observe it around you and pick it. Consider yourself as sponge and absorb every word when you read or hear it. Pick up new vocab and expressions through simple listening and interaction.

Spend some time with your desired learning language.
You can watch movie, any English drama series, cartoons, listen songs, read anything of your interest in your desired learning language. Live with it for a while.

Provide yourself an environment of learning:
It involves openness of mind. Researchers have proved that the similarity of environment helps to recall words in mind. Therefore those who learn and understand the topics during lecture in class rooms are more likely to recall the topic in exams while sitting in the same room.

Use your brain to interpret the word:
The more your brain works the more enhancing impact you get. Let your mind goes an over drive to interpret it then give a try. Then check dictionary you can be right.

Never let it go!
Ask, check, find out – whenever you don’t know a word and it keeps appearing. When you read anything and you don’t understand it. Neither move on nor ignore it unless you are applying the context interpretation method of learning.

Picture It:
Use pictures of new vocabulary words to introduce them. You may choose to use flash cards, magazine images, online pictures, picture dictionaries or photographs for it.

Keep it Real:
Using real objects to introduce new vocabulary will aid you in remembering the new words.

Tell It Like It Is
Before introducing a new vocabulary word, describe the scene which in which it would be used. Then, rephrase the scene using the new vocabulary word. For example, ‘I ate too much food. I overate’. This will help build connections between English words and teach synonyms without even trying!

Sing It Loud
Make up original songs to introduce new vocabulary. It will not only aid certain learning types, but it will also bring an element of fun in learning.. Simply use a simple, familiar tune (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Wheels on the Bus, Happy Birthday, etc.) and make up your own lyrics using the vocabulary.

Introduce Couples
Try to learn pairs of words at one time. Antonyms are the perfect material for this type of vocabulary instruction. You can also pair synonyms, homonyms or any other sets of words that have some connection.

The Root of the Issue
Learning word roots has many benefits for you. It gives tools for understanding new vocabulary you have yet to encounter, helps to see the relationships between words, and can even help to make links between their native language and English.
Suffix and prefix and words origin can help in this regard.

All possible usage of vocab:
Try to learn all possible use of a Vocab. When you learn a new word, look at its place in the sentence, and look at the words that typically appear with it. Look for patterns.
• Is the context usually formal or casual?
• Written or spoken?
• Is the word typically used for one topic only?

The world around you:
Try to describe the world around you regularly in the language you are learning. This exposes gaps in vocabulary and gives you ample opportunities for active recall.
Embed your new language into your life and into your daily routine, not the other way around! Vocabulary varies with the situations in which you find yourself.

Internet:
Chat with natives, learn the way how they express themselves or greet you. Learn words while using tabs. You can even learn spellings by following this way.
There are different websites like daily motion, YouTube which can provide you online lectures. Just go and type your topic. And you will get it there.

Apps/ Software:
Language Immersion for Chrome. This neat little Google Chrome browser extension means that you can pick your language and your immersion level, and it translates individual words on the webpage you’re reading. When you mouse-over a word you don’t know, it’s translated back into English, so you are subconsciously learning while you work/study!
Note:
There are lots of apps and software for this purpose you can find out on the internet. some of them are: Spaced-repetition software, flashcards apps, italki etc.

Start reading;
It can include many things at the same time. You can read newspaper, magazine, blogs, articles, bill boards expand your horizon. Expose yourself to new words. The thing that matters is learn from it. For instance you mark the words in newspaper you don’t get.
Ask questions from yourself “do I know the meaning of this word? No? Check it! If yes then can I use it another way?” And the journey of learning goes on.
Try to make use of newly learned words as much as you can. Replace it with possible intelligent words.

Dictionary is your friend:
Carry a pocket size dictionary with you. If not, install the dictionary app in your mobile phone. Check it each time you need it.

Study it in context:
If there’s one tip I have for learning vocabulary, it’s to study it in context. We don’t communicate using individual words, we communicate with phrases and sentences.

Get out and practice with people!
Store new words that you encounter from chatting with friends. Conversation is a good and practical use for learning it.

Free Writing:
Free writing will be beneficial for learning a new language indeed. Take few minutes for yourself. Start writing whatever comes in your mind without stopping your pen for a second. When you don’t find any suitable word for expressing your feeling in desired language then write it down in any language you know. Then check it in dictionary.

The best way to recall vocabulary is via pictures with association:
Neuroscience says this makes memory stronger and faster. If you connect a picture of the word in your mind with what it reminds you of (ask the question – what does the sound of this remind me of?) then when you want to recall the word, you look up and see the image and the connection of what it reminds you of.
For example, a Portuguese word Lago means lake. If you draw a log in a lake (lago reminds you of lake), then take a mental snapshot of it and look up during your test to recall the image, connected to the lake, you will recall that lago means lake.

Utilize vocab in conversation:
After learning a word use it in your conversation. Make a wise use words. Select the best words. Express it in a formal way. Replace the simple words with difficult ones. Only then there will a drastic change in your language.

Listen Music:
Find music that you like and that you can easily decipher and learn the lyrics of the songs. Interpret the meaning and here it goes! You have learned it already!

Word Walls:
Word Walls should be front and center, large, and easy to see. These word walls are great places to put sight words and high frequency words throughout the year, adding content-rich vocabulary on it.

Word Book/Personal Dictionary:
Labeling the pages of dairy from A to Z; the number of pages per letter depends on how many pages your notebook contains. Then as you study new, content-rich vocabulary, record the words, definitions and sketches in your word books.

Prediction:
Even as an adult, I find that I don’t really learn something unless I experience some discomfort. Prediction is a way to provide students with some discomfort that’s fairly secure. Every student or small group will come up with a prediction for what a vocabulary word means, but this thinking process is less threatening because everyone will probably be wrong. Record each group’s guess and compare – how many are alike? How many are different? How did each group come up with that particular guess? The message remains that “right” and “wrong” don’t matter, the thought process behind the prediction does!

Games
Flashcards, Charades, Hang mouse Bee, scrabble, and bingo helps to learn language

Never learn a single:
Never learn a single word by itself. Learn groups of words that “travel” together.
For example, instead of memorizing the word “flock”, memorize the phrase “a flock of sheep”. Instead of remembering the verb “occur”, remember the phrase “if any problems occur”.
When you remember phrases instead of single words, you ensure that you know how to actually use the word in at least one sentence
There’s just no way around memorizing a bunch of words. So put the words where you’ll see them as often as possible: on a wall, in a notebook you carry around, on your computer desktop, etc. That way you can get in more review “reps” and memorize them more easily.
But again I would say it varies from individual to individual. Some people learn words and learn easily.

Take help from association technique:
Learning gives a better result when it involves association. Link things with each other. It involves the endless methods. Make meaningful associations. Sometimes weird associations work too.
Some useful websites for learning vocabularies:

http://www.Enchantedlearning.com
http://www.vocabulary.com
http://www.teachingchannel.org
http://www.vocabtest.com
http://www.vocabtest.com
http://www.teachersparteachers.com

And you can apply for many online English language courses and pdf books for English learning.

I hope this blog helped you!

Good luck! 🙂

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