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How to learn new English words so that you don't forget later: 6 effective methods

According to the data, it is enough to know only 3 English words to understand 000% of what is read or heard. How quickly and effectively you can replenish your vocabulary, the publication said. Meduza.

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Start from the beginning

Everything must always start from the very beginning, children memorize the simplest words and phrases and use them, the same method can be used for adults.

After you secure the base, you can already move on to more complex words and phrases that you may already need at work, at the airport or at an interview.

Another feature of children that you can take note of is to remember something interesting. Movie fans will be interested to know that director is the director and voice acting is the voice acting, especially if they watch feature articles and videos in English.

And children also learn through games and cartoons - but nothing prevents adults from watching a series with subtitles or listening to the news.


And although this is another "childish" way to learn the language, it is very effective. This way you can learn the alphabet, colors and names of animals well. This is a great method, because, firstly, through repeated repetition, you can memorize new words and their pronunciation (try to forget the tough - rough - enough trinity after the main hit of Billie Eilish). And secondly, they immediately go in context (which is not a reason to deal with the mysterious Duh! From the chorus of the same song).

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But sometimes musicians neglect the rules of grammar. For example, if Gwen Stefani can say “If I was a rich girl” instead of “If I were ...”, then in real conversation it’s better not to do that.

Pay attention to context

It has long been known to everyone that learning words one at a time is not the best idea, since one word can have several meanings, depending on which other word it is used with.

For example, the word species is translated as "species." But if you say: "Iʼd like to try all species of jam" ("I would try all kinds of jam"), they will not understand you. Why? Because a species is a biological species. And the word kind is suitable for jam. View is also a view, but it is used when you need to say about a landscape: "What a great view!" ("What a great view!"). If it comes to people, then you need to use look. Therefore, it is most effective to write out whole phrases or even small sentences.

Reading is very helpful in learning context and phrases. The main thing is to choose a book or article according to your level, because due to the excessive complexity, you can abandon this business, and you will quickly lose interest in easy reading.

Also, now there are bilingual books, where in parallel with the English text on the second Starnitsa there is Ukrainian or Russian, you can choose this option and spy as needed.

Connect mnemonics

If some words constantly fly out of your head, you need to outwit your brain and remember them through associations: in this way you can attach something hard to remember to something familiar. Such techniques are called mnemonic. In fact, we use them constantly: it is worth recalling “Every Hunter” and a rainbow or a bisector rat.

For example, with the word to bend, the phrase “BENDER had to bend to get through” will help. With the word murder ("murder") - ominous "Bees kill for stealing HONEY."

The human brain perceives and memorizes visual information much easier, so it is not difficult to imagine Bender from "Futurama" bending down to go somewhere, and honey is being stolen from bees. You can even draw them.

Use interval training

To translate a word from short-term memory into long-term memory, you need to repeat it, and with a certain frequency. At the end of the XNUMXth century, the scientist Hermann Ebbinghaus came to this conclusion through many years of experiments on himself. He found that the rate at which we forget words decreases after each repetition.

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This means that if you learn a word and repeat it after half an hour, then a day later, then a week later, it will hold out in memory longer. Then repeat it after a couple of weeks, a month, a few months, and so you will be able to remember it without cramming.

Learn related words

There are quite a few derivatives and roots from one word. Together with one word, try to teach them too. So one learned word turns into several dozen related concepts.

For example, the verb use. You can use anything from a phone (May I use your phone, please? - "Can I use your phone?") To a person (Stop using me! - "Stop using me!"). It is easy to turn it into a couple of adjectives with the opposite meaning - useful ("useful") and useless ("useless"). Or into a noun - user. It would also be nice to remember the expression I am used to - "I am used to" (I am used to suffering - "I am used to suffering"). In addition, there are tons of useful phrases with this word in the spirit of It´s no use! ("It's pointless").

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