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More tips on how to memorize new vocab quickly

Hello, language learners! It's Marvin Fernandez here from I Know English, bringing you some practical tips to help you remember new vocabulary efficiently. As an experienced English teacher with a background in diverse cultures and teaching environments, I've gathered some effective strategies over the years that can significantly boost your vocabulary retention. Let's dive into these techniques!

### 1. **Use Flashcards**

Flashcards are a classic but incredibly effective tool for learning new words. Write the word on one side of the card and its definition or translation on the other. To make this method even more effective, include a sentence using the word in context. Regularly review your flashcards, shuffling them to ensure you're not just memorizing the order.

### 2. **Practice with Spaced Repetition**

Spaced repetition is a learning technique that involves increasing intervals of time between subsequent reviews of previously learned material. Apps like Anki or Quizlet use this method and can help reinforce your vocabulary over time. This technique ensures that words are stored in your long-term memory.

### 3. **Create a Vocabulary Journal**

Keep a dedicated notebook or digital document for new words you encounter. Write down each word, its definition, part of speech, a sentence using the word, and any synonyms or antonyms. Review your journal regularly to reinforce your learning.

### 4. **Use New Words in Context**

Immediately start using new vocabulary in sentences. Try to incorporate them into your daily conversations, writing, or even social media posts. The more you use a word, the more likely you are to remember it. Additionally, engaging with the word in different contexts helps cement it in your memory.

### 5. **Engage with Content in English**

Immerse yourself in English media—books, movies, podcasts, and articles. Exposure to new words in context helps you understand their usage and meaning. When you encounter a new word, jot it down and look it up later. Try to understand its meaning from context first before checking the dictionary.

### 6. **Word Association Techniques**

Associate new words with images, sounds, or other words. Creating a mental image or a funny association can make the word more memorable. For example, if you're learning the word "gregarious," you might picture a "Greg" who loves socializing at parties.

### 7. **Mnemonic Devices**

Mnemonics are memory aids that help you recall larger pieces of information, especially in the form of lists like characteristics, steps, stages, parts, etc. Create a story or phrase where each word starts with the same letter as the vocabulary you’re trying to remember.

### 8. **Group Words by Theme**

Grouping related words together can help reinforce meanings and improve recall. For example, if you're learning words related to cooking, such as "chop," "boil," "simmer," and "bake," studying them together can create a thematic connection in your mind.

### 9. **Use Technology**

Leverage language learning apps and online resources. Apps like Duolingo, Memrise, and Babbel offer interactive ways to learn and remember new vocabulary. Many of these platforms use gamification to make learning fun and engaging.

### 10. **Practice with a Partner**

Find a study partner or language exchange buddy. Practicing with someone else can make learning more enjoyable and effective. You can quiz each other, practice conversations, and correct each other’s mistakes.

### 11. **Regular Review Sessions**

Set aside time each day for vocabulary review. Consistency is key when it comes to language learning. Even just 15 minutes a day can make a significant difference in your retention and recall.

### 12. **Stay Positive and Persistent**

Learning a new language is a marathon, not a sprint. Be patient with yourself and stay motivated. Celebrate small victories along the way, and don't get discouraged by setbacks.

### Conclusion

Remembering new vocabulary requires regular practice and exposure. By incorporating these strategies into your learning routine, you’ll find that new words stick with you more easily. Experiment with different techniques to see which ones work best for you. Happy learning!

For more personalized tips and interactive English lessons, feel free to book a class with me and let's take your English skills to the next level together!


Marvin Fernandez

English Teacher & Presenter

I Know English

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