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13 Ways to Remember Vocab/Develop Fluency Better

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  1. Copy it down along with the translation. The most basic way - This works better for beginners because there are some words that you absolutely need to know and must memorize. As you get more advanced and seek to become fluent, there are better ways to memorize vocab.

  2. Copy down the vocab along with a picture - This way of copying down the words is a little more taxing, but can pay off. You can either draw a picture or paste one (online). It doesn't necessarily help you remember vocab better (unless you are a visual learner), but it helps acheive fluency easier. Some words like "the" or "honesty" (in your target language) are hard to use this strategy with

  3. Copy down the vocab along with a definition in your target language - This not only reinforces your memory of other words, but it will force you to think about a word in your target language instead of needing to translate it, and help develop fluency faster.

  4. Write down the words in different sentences in your target language - Like method three, this helps buttress vocab from before, and forces you to think about your word, and how it can be used in context.

  5. Repetition - Just repeat exercises that will help you remember the words, whether be on Duolingo, Memrise, or something else

  6. Create a quiz/test! - This will make you memorize the words as you do it. I notice when I use this strategy (Sporcle is a great website, Quizlet is great too!), I know all the answers by the end and the quiz feels useless because I memorized them as I made the quiz.

  7. Sticky Notes! - Sticky notes are a great way to remember things. Possibly put sticky notes with the vocab on it on the actual item. For example, if you have a door at home, or a computer, place a sticky note with the word in the target language on it. So in French, I would place a sticky note with "porte" or "ordinateur" on my refrigerator and computer respectively. This may seem a little extraneous at first, but it pays off!

  8. Try to replace as much English (if it is your base language) with your target language as you can in every day life - Mutter to yourself in your target language! Speak to others (even if they can't understand you) in your target language! And for more advanced learners, try to think in your target language!

  9. Have a conversation in your target language - Similar to #8, have an actaul conversation where the person can respond or correct you if you are wrong. This is one of the BEST ways to learn a language, and try to throw in some of your vocab if you have time.

  10. Listen to the news/read in you target language - This not only helps strengthen your listening/reading abilities in your target language, but it can help you learn additional vocab just from context.

  11. Create mnemonic devices - This will help remember vocab because some of the silly things you come up with, you won't forget. Stupid ways are the best ways to memorize things!

  12. Put it in a song - Undoubtedly, this has helped me the most in learning French. To conjugate the verbs for "to have," or "to be"in French, I made catchy little songs. Although I don't remember those songs now, I don't need two. The conjugation and meaning of those verbs have become second nature for me.

  13. Rhyme the word - This works even better if you can rhyme the word with something in your target language. This will help you relate two words, and your brain will remember what you were thinking about while you made the rhyme, allowing to remember what the words meant

Thank you for reading! I really hope this helps y'all! If you have any other ways, please put them in the comments.

1 week ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchKitten03

Awesome! Thanks so much! It is really helpful.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dogomolo
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How you tested them by yourself?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sea-mist

great tips. I have a couple of others

  • listen to music in your target language
  • play a game in your target language
  • watch movies with subtitles in the target language

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tip 4 for me is a bad with with the Geman as I tend to do the sentences completely wrong when I'm trying to make up sentences as I just do not understand the German grammer enough yet.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/3f5H9pXk

this is awesome!! Some of these tips i haven't tried yet but will, and some I already have used/do use, and they work great! thanks!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/moogy
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Great advice, thanks for sharing.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Haley814021

Thank you! This will really help with my studies!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KhaosWolf

Thanks for the tips!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew213489

Good post... you could have cut down of the number of ways by half. And we would have still gotten the whole picture.

Got to about 4, and all I got out of it was Copy this and copy that. There was just to much copy...

As people we can only handle so many data points before we just get zonked out.

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