As a learner of foreign language, we have to add some new vocabulary stocks in our mind so that our ability in English is getting increase. I admit that there are many people asked me a tips how to increase our vocabulary stock and how to keep them in mind so that what we have memorized will not be gone in the future.
Recently, there were some of my Facebook friends asked me how to remember new words. Well, here I’m going to tell few tips how to do it. I adapted some of these tips from Australiaplus.com
1. Look it up.
If you come across a word you don’t know, try to find out what it means. Look up the meaning in a dictionary or ask someone for help to understand it. Write down the meaning in English and in your own language.
2. Use it.
It’s easy to remember a new word for a few minutes – but how can you remember it after a day, or a week? The trick is to use it. Use it in a sentence. Try to make a creative, memorable sentence, something you can picture and that will stay in your mind. Write down three creative sentences using the new word, then read them out loud. If it helps, you can even draw a picture to help remember the meaning of your sentence.
3. Try out phrases and different forms
Sometimes it can be easier to learn a phrase than learn each word individually.
So if you're learning the word 'focus' you could write down the meanings of 'focus on' and 'out of focus.' What does it mean to 'focus your mind on something' or 'focus your attention on something.' What does it mean if you 'lose your focus'? Now that you have the bigger picture, it's easier to understand the full meaning of the word. Don't forget to try using it in different tenses as well.
4. Talk about it.
We often remember things better when we learn ‘actively’. That means instead of just listening, or just reading, you should be active in trying to speak, read, write and listen. Now you know what the word means, and you’ve tried writing it down in different ways, tell a friend about the new word. Sometimes teaching someone else can help you remember, too. If you’re nervous about trying out a new word, practise at home first. You can even record yourself explaining the new word on your phone before you try telling someone else.
5. Don’t give up.
Don’t try to do too much too quickly. It’s very hard to remember a long list of words. Maybe it’s better to learn one word a day, or a list of eight words a week. It all depends how much time you have to practise. Be realistic about what you can do each day. You don't have to be perfect; remember that even native English speakers make mistakes. Successful learners have clear goals, are motivated, and stick to their plan – so keep trying!
6. Keep trying.
Did you know that if you sleep within a few hours of learning something new you’ll be better at remembering what you’ve learned? So that’s a great reason to practise new words before bed time. Let your brain do the work while you sleep! But don't forget to review your new words and phrases in the morning, too.
Well, those are the tips that maybe useful for you. If you guys have other tips or other way how to improve our vocabulary, please leave it below at the comment so that other people can read it as well.
By: Mirwan Choky