Learning new vocabulary in English is a great way to learn the language because words are the building blocks of language.
So, you are excited. You are motivated. You are inspired. You are ready to travel the world and speak fluent English to everyone you know. You see yourself getting a better job, making more money, meeting influential people, and becoming a more culturally refined person.
So, you grab a dictionary English to Arabic and start with the letter A and begin learning new words. The first day you learn 100 new words. But the next day you realize that you forgot what most of them mean. And when you try to talk with them…you can’t recall the words.
You are frustrated!
This isn’t so much fun anymore. You study your list of new words again. But by time you get to the end…you no longer remember the words from the beginning. You throw your list on the ground and stomp off to watch TV. You know it won’t help you reach your goals…but at least you don’t have to think much.
So, how do you remember the new words you are learning so that you don’t forget them?
Here’s how to learn new vocabulary so you don’t forget them and speak fluent English.
1. Learn Less…But More Often
Scientific research published by Herman Ebbinghaus has revealed that we forget more than half of what we learn within 20 minutes. The same research reveals that information reviewed on a frequent basis is retained for much longer time. Since most English students only study the language once a week twice a week…they have more time to ‘forget’ things. So, instead of studying once a week for a couple of hours…study everyday even if it’s only for 15 minutes. This will allow you to recall your words more easily, develop positive habits, and recall words when you need them.
2. Review More Words That You Learn
Learning one million words is great if you want to become a walking dictionary, however, it will not do you any good if you don’t know how to use them correctly. It’s much better to have smaller vocabulary of 1000 commonly used words that you can use to express yourself effectively. So, make sure you learn words deeply and activate them so that they are on the tip of your tongue when you need them. Focus on reviewing your vocabulary frequently and often…as you add in new words and develop your vocabulary.