At Connect Eikaiwa, many ESL (English as a Second Language) students usually come into the school and say, “I can’t have a conversation because I don’t have enough vocabulary.” Well, no problem! Here are some ways a student can remember the English that they learn:
- Flashcards– Carry around a few words on some card or paper. It doesn’t only help English learners remember words, it also helps them with how to describe them. Also, be sure to study the different forms of the words. You don’t want to mix up verbs and nouns.
- Imagine the situation of usage– Use the vocabulary in situations when you can imagine the correct use of the word helps. If the word were “stunning“, try to picture something that you see a lot (maybe a view from a bridge).When you cross that bridge, just think, “The view from here is stunning.”
- Make a phrase using the word– It’s also important to know how to use the word properly so using a set phrase is best. Instead of studying just “contract,” say “make a contract” or “draw up a contract.”
- Say the words out loud– When studying, read words out loud so ears can be trained. Repeating them also helps you with muscle memory on how to pronounce them.
- Write/ Use them in different forms– When you get more comfortable using English, it’s helpful to write out sentences using different forms of the word. My favorite word in the English language is inspire (to encourage someone to do or feel something.) It’s a verb, but do you know the noun, adjective, and adverbs of the word “inspire?” That’s your homework.
Do you have any fun and effective ways of learning English? If you do, please share them with us at Connect Eikaiwa by leaving a comment below.