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How to learn vocabulary?

Learning English vocabulary can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Regardless of whether you're a beginner or an advanced speaker, it is always beneficial to broaden your knowledge of English phrases and words. Here are some English vocabulary tips to help you learn and memorize words in English.

1. Flashcards.

This is a highly effective method of learning new words. You can use pre-made flashcards or create your own. There are a few sites where you can find a lot of different sets of cards divided by topics. - this is my personal favorite. Here you can create flashcards with translations into your native language. There are also some cool features, such as tests, matching exercises, and learning modes. - this one has pre-made sets for different purposes, such as general English, IELTS, TOEFL, etc. You can also create flashcards yourself. However, you can only give explanations for the words, not translations. So this would be useful for advanced learners.

2. Reading.

Yeah, don't underestimate this method. It's not only a way to improve your vocabulary but also to see it in context. Write down collocations and phrases rather than just words alone.

A little advice: try to choose interesting and relatable reading material. Don't choose overly complicated articles or stories because they will scare you and cause you to lose interest or enthusiasm.

There are a few resources that can help you choose books for your level: - there are tons of books for different levels and interests. - a huge library of fiction and non-fiction texts for different levels.

3. Use dictionaries.

Don't worry—I'm not talking about the old and boring dictionary you probably have. Use online dictionaries like:

Cambridge-dictionary - this dictionary has everything! Thesaurus, translation, and grammar. Try and explore this amazing resource.

Urban dictionary - this dictionary is full of idioms and slang phrases.

Write down a word you're interested in and check for synonyms, antonyms, and collocations.

A small tip for advanced learners.

When you check the meaning of the word, make sure that you understand the explanation. Check for any other words you don't recognize! This process can last for eternity, but you will instantly notice how enriched your vocabulary is.

4. Practice.

Yeah, as I usually tell you, practice makes perfect. You can learn all you want, but if it doesn't come out of your mouth, you will most certainly forget it.

Write a letter, story, or essay and read it out loud once or twice. Talk with your friends, teacher, or colleagues. Encourage yourself to use targeted language.

I wish you good luck with your studies, and let me know what methods work best for you!


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