Listening, speaking, grammar, reading, writing—all of the skills and aspects of English require one obvious thing: words. But how can you remember all of them?
Different learners have different systems. If you don’t have one at all then keep reading! Here we will share with you three of the best and most common ways that students of English learn vocabulary.
Get a Notebook
There are several ways to organize vocabulary in a notebook. The best way is to create several columns. Have one each for the word, the part of speech, the definition, an example sentence, collocations, and a picture. Doing this will keep things organized and will be something you can always look at.
Or you could try using a mind map: What are Mind Maps and How to Draw Them
Quizlet is a wonderful online tool that is more than just flashcards. Although you can use it in a traditional flashcard way, there are so many more features to help you. There are many vocab games to play to quiz yourself. Perhaps the best part is that it can be used as an app. You can check it out here.
Make Up Mnemonics
Mnemonics are so much fun! Mnemonics are a way to remember anything you want. There are many different kinds, for example by using a song or a phrase. The best way for English words is through song or association/connections with something you already know. Here’s one: remember “stroll” (to walk with little purpose) by seeing “st” as street, and “roll”- so in your mind, picture a ball rolling down the street. You can get as creative or simple as you want with this tactic!
Which way is best for you? Try one or try all!
About the Author
Yvette Smith is an English teacher currently in Vietnam. She has taught in China and Mexico as well. She enjoys writing about the ESL field and thinks everyone should take the chance to travel abroad at least once in their lives.