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Hi, I'm Oli. I'm a teacher from Oxford Online English. Today, we've got a free lesson about
learning vocabulary. I once asked a group of students: "If you learn 100 English words,
how many will you remember next week?" They gave me different answers. Maybe 80, 50, I
don't know. Then I asked: "How many will you remember next month?" They gave me lower answers:
perhaps 10, 20. Then I asked: "How many will you remember next year?" Everybody - there
were perhaps 80 people there - everybody said zero! No words in a year. Now, this doesn't
have to be like this. It is possible to learn vocabulary and remember it. But, if this is
your situation, if you think "If Iearnt 100 new words, I would forget them all within
a year," then perhaps you should change the way you study vocabulary. In today's lesson,
I'm going to give you some simple advice to help you learn and remember vocabulary more
easily and more effectively. So, let's start with number one: you need to find examples
of how the word is used. Now, the best way to remember vocabulary is to use it. Before
you can use it, you need to know how to use it correctly. Use a good learner's dictionary
and try to get at least three examples of how the word is used in a sentence, and try
to remember these examples, so you understand how to use the words. Number two: learn one
meaning at a time. Many words have several different meanings For example, the verb 'set'
has 68 different meanings in the Longman dictionary! And that's just the verb. 'Set' can be a noun,
too. It can also be an adjective. Think how many meanings it must have. If you try to
learn different meanings at the same time, you will get confused, and it will be much
more difficult to remember the vocabulary. Number three: use the vocabulary in a phrase
or in a sentence. Let's imagine you're trying to remember the English verb 'dance.' Ok,
you can write it down in your book: 'dance,' maybe with a translation in your language.
But, that doesn't really help your imagination. Why don't you write down something like 'dance
beautifully,' 'dance like an idiot,' 'dance with your aunt at a wedding'? Using vocabulary
in a phrase or a sentence like this helps you to see a picture and this helps you to
remember the word. You can also make a full sentence. For example: "I feel shy when I
dance." Something like that. The more you use the word, the easier it will be to remember
the word. Number four: stick new words around your house. Many students have told me that
this is a great way to remember vocabulary. So for example, if you want to learn five
new words, you can write them on small pieces of paper, and stick them in different places
in your house where you will see them every day. So for example, you can stick one on
your bathroom mirror, one on the door of your fridge, one on the top of your computer screen.
Then you can change the words, perhaps every three days or every week, and it will be easy
to remember them. Number five: make new words into a picture, a story or a song. Unfortunately,
your brain (and my brain) - our brains are very bad at remembering facts. For example,
the meaning of new vocabulary in a foreign language. Your brain is just bad at remembering
this. But, your brain is very good at remembering pictures, songs and stories. So why not use
this to remember new vocabulary? So, if you want to learn ten new words, maybe try to
draw a picture, which includes all ten ideas. Or, try to make a short story, and practice
reading the story, with the new words in. This might sound strange, but trust me: it
works really well, and you're using your brain in the best possible way. Your brain is good
at remembering things like this. So there you go: five simple ideas that you can use
to learn vocabulary more easily and with a higher success rate. I hope that lesson was
useful for you. If you want to read the text of this lesson, come to our website: www.oxfordonlineenglish.com.
We have many other free English lessons as well, and new lessons every week. That's all
for today. Thank you very much for watching. I'll see you next time. Bye bye!



Spoken English - How To Remember Vocabulary

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