Everyone who learns English has a vocabulary that is significantly smaller than the one of a native speaker; while meeting the native speaker's everyday needs requires a vocabulary of 10–20 thousand words (with a passive vocabulary of 50–100 thousand words), a person learning a foreign language will require:
So, for every language learner it is important to know how to memorize English words and where they draw their word knowledge from.
The key source for building a vocabulary is thematic vocabulary with the glossary sets that could be taken from tutorials where they are offered as classified vocabularies based on different levels of language knowledge; you can combine this with watching videos and films with subtitles, reading books / articles. Memorizing new words is much easier when they are taken from a context that is attractive for a learner. How long you will need to build a preferred vocabulary?
The task seems to be an arithmetical one: learning 30 words a day in one month equals to almost a thousand words, and the longer you learn the larger is your vocabulary. However, it is not as simple as that. Scientists have found that the absorption of information is regulated by certain rules and even if you go for the streak of 100 % words learned, only 44 % of these are kept in your memory after an hour and less than one-fourth of that amount in just one week.
That is why it is a good idea to use techniques and life-hacks that explain how to memorize a lot of English words while minimizing efforts and as soon as possible.
First of all, use the following formula for intervals of repeating the words to be memorized:
However, words are easily forgotten if associative links and practice are lacking. How to learn English words easily and for ever? Without a doubt, memorization must be done consciously, and everything else will depend on individual memory characteristics and, most importantly, on the memorization techniques that the learner uses.
We will discover a few of simple and effective techniques that have proven in practice, such as:
To help you memorize new words, you can also use simple tips, the most important of which is the emphasis on the topics you are interested to learn. After you have mastered the basic vocabulary, you can often feel like to learn more phrases just in case you will want to surprise your vis-a-vis; generally, however, the words referring to your favourite topics, such as travel, sport, photography, and hobbies, are absorbed faster and with more reliable results.
Here are some other proven life-hacks:
All learned words you have to use in conversations.
For children, it is recommended to start learning a foreign language with single (and simple!) words, no more than five at a time. Here are the key topics: greetings, food and sweets, fruit/vegetables — the same words that they learn in their mother language.
Ideally, try to ensure that the child has access to a native speaker who would constantly communicate with them. This access, for example, can offer the CIS International School — a commercial educational institution that accepts 2-3 years old and allows them to become bilingual in natural setting (please call administration to learn more on terms of enrolment for children of various ages with a kindergarten or a school in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Tashkent).
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