Hi everyone! Clement here.
In this short blog, I hope to provide some useful tips for vocabulary study that students may hopefully find useful!
Vocabulary can be one of the toughest things to deal with while studying a language. Words often have multiple meanings and usages, and it can be very hard to learn and memorize them in all their different forms. But vocabulary can be something done not just in school, but everywhere in life as you walk past stores, read signs and posters, and almost anywhere there is something written in any form! Here are three quick tips that will hopefully help vocabulary study become a little easier, and also more enjoyable.
Do not simply memorize vocabulary lists and study sheets from school!
While this may seem helpful, simply memorizing a vocabulary list and all the words will not be worth the stress and amount of time it takes. From a list of, for example, 200 words it will almost always prove more benefitial to memorize 20 or 30 of those words and learn their contexts and different applications before learning more. It is better to memorize 30 words which you know how to use well in many situations rather than 200 words which are only partially understood.
When you learn a new word in school, or from your textbook, make a note of it and try your best to use it as much as you can in its different forms and applications. While you are relaxing at home, remind yourself of the word by saying it out loud to practice your pronunciation, or taking a piece of paper and writing down different sentences using the vocabulary in different ways. And most importantly, do not just focus on one way to use a new word, but learn its meaning and try to apply it to different contexts.
As mentioned at the beginning of the blog, English vocabulary you can use does not just exist in your textbook or school assignment. Newspapers, magazines, even street or building signs all have vocabulary you can use, and sometimes teach you various aspects of English language as well. A final recommendation is to always look for vocabulary that matches your interest! If the vocabulary relates to a subject you enjoy, you will be more likely to use it when discussing with fellow students or people you may meet. Have fun and always remember to never give up and to do your best, and have fun!