Master your own vocabulary learning
If you are one of the TOEIC test preparers who think that the more vocabulary you memorize, the better you will be at English and always want to understand and remember as many vocabulary words as possible, then surely you will always hesitate and wonder. How to remember and use as many words as possible. One of the most traditional and popular ways of learning words from the time we sit in school is taking notes and cramming.
However, such a way of learning vocabulary often does not bring the results we expect. The following will not necessarily give you the most effective ways to learn vocabulary, but will somewhat give you more options so that you can choose the best way for you to improve your vocabulary. your TOEIC vocabulary.
1. Divide vocabulary into subtopics
Try dividing the pages of your notebook into different topics. For example, traffic, travel, personality, economy, informatics. And when exposed to new words, write them down in the corresponding topics in that notebook. And when needed, you just need to look up the correct topic of the word. It was easier than flipping through dozens of pages of jumbled notes.
2. Use images
Of course, all of us are quite bored when looking at a notebook full of letters and words. To learn vocabulary more effectively, we can draw some pictures or characters next to the word instead of writing Vietnamese or English meanings.
Example: When learning the word “glasses” we can draw a simple pair of sunglasses next to the word.
The effect of this is that we can guess the meaning of the word the second time we review the lesson, it will probably take about 1.2 seconds for us to think and associate, but in that 1.2 seconds , you are “tattooing” your brain to make memorization for the next review better.
For those of you who are not confident in your ability to “draw well”, then be brave, because changing for the better is inevitable.
Or if you work harder, you can search for images on the Internet and insert into the vocabulary list we made on the computer in advance. Then, you just need to print it out with the right size to look at and review the lesson.
3. Find ways to use new vocabulary
Make a sentence:
When you find a way to use a certain vocabulary through making sentences, answer the following questions:
– What kind of word is that word, how is its order with the words in a sentence?
– What does that word mean? Does it have multiple meanings and what is the context in which we are making the sentence?
As you are thinking to answer these questions, you will have an impression of the vocabulary you want to learn. From there, you will remember longer.
Today, you learned the word “bank”. “bank” has two meanings, the first meaning is “bank”, the second meaning is “riverbank”. So, when making a sentence, we will think about what kind of word “bank” is and what meaning we want to use to make a sentence.
With the word “bank” meaning “bank”, as a noun, we can have the sentence: “I went to the bank to transfer some money to my parents.”
With the word “bank” meaning “river bank”, which is also a noun, we can have the sentence: “Before we reached the opposite bank, the boat was sinking fast.”
Find a way to hear the pronunciation of the word you are studying and practice the pronunciation. Repeat this process many times.
Phrases and idioms:
You can also record phrases, idioms, … related to that word to always be reminded of how that word is used.
4. Learn vocabulary through songs
Music is an indispensable spiritual food for any of us, so why don’t we try to apply vocabulary learning through songs? Whenever you learn a new word, try searching the search engines for “songs related to the word…” or “songs with words…” to find and listen. songs related to that word see.
For example, when you learn the word ‘reason’, search for ‘songs with the word ‘reason’. We will get the song result: “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink. A gentle and really “early” song, right?
If you have time, find vietsub videos of these songs on Youtube. However, English Every Day does not guarantee accuracy from subbers on Youtube, you should only refer to it. You can also watch the lyrics videos of these songs and videos as they are usually more accurate.
And about whether to use subtitles, and what subtitles should be used, please refer to this article on how to practice listening effectively shared by Peter Hung.
At the same time, listening to music while watching videos also has another benefit that helps us relax during stressful online exam preparation, right!?
And why don’t we try to discuss with others about those songs, about the strange words that appear in those songs. Doing this will make us have new and strange thoughts from the people around us.
5. Use an existing flashcard or create your own
Flashcards are one of the tools for learning vocabulary, usually small pieces of paper that are punched and strung together and then strung again on the items we often use every day. On flashcards there are usually enough spaces for a word to appear with its transcription, as well as an example of how the word is used.
Thanks to its convenient features, Flashcards are increasingly used by English learners. You can take these flashcards with these new words wherever you go, at work, when going out with friends, when sitting on the bus, Grab or Uber. You can “glance” through while working, talking with friends. Just hook it on the key chain that we use every day then pick it up and go. In addition, you can bring blank flashcards to fill in with new words that make you feel interesting.
6. Find a friend to study English with
Friends are a part of life, so why don’t we invite friends to improve English and prepare for exams. After all, “two heads are better than one”.
You can make a study plan together, taking advantage of the time you spend together. We can practice pronouncing words, to see how we and others pronounce them. It’s also fun when one of your friends mispronounces and is “corrected” by the rest. Debating the meaning or pronunciation of words also makes the conversation more lively.
If you are at the beginning of choosing how to learn vocabulary, you should try different ways to find the right learning method that works for you. Above are some methods of learning English vocabulary compiled and shared by eLib. Let’s consult to find out the right way to learn to make you better!