The best way to memorize new vocabulary and to increase it, is not only to repeat, but to connect, associate and repeat aloud. Flash cards are a great way to drill words. It combines visualization, repetition and association with the image shown. Great for group activities. However, if you has to study by yourself or in a small group, there is a different way to study vocabulary and it has proven to be successful when learning a second language. Here is how it works.
STEPS TO MEMORIZE VOCABULARY.
- Read all the words of the vocabulary.
- Go back a read it again but this time visualize, imagine the word.
- Go back and connect the words.
- Go back and create a story using words from previous vocabulary or add your own with the help of a dictionary.
- Go back a read your story aloud.
- Read all the words once.
Libro, lápiz, me gusta, manzana, fresas, contigo, ayer, hoy, la tarde, perro
- Read them again visualizing them.
Libro: Imagine the book, you reading it, big, old, great, blue, on the table..
Lápiz: Imagine a pencil, writing with the pencil, cute pencil, broken pencil, yellow…
Me gusta: Me gusta comer, bailar, correr… see yourself doing it
Manzana: Picture yourself buying it, cutting it, eating it, holding it.
Fresas: Make a juice, eat it with chocolate, enjoying it.
Contigo: see your friend with you, a dog with you,
Hoy: Think of what you would do today.
La tarde: Imagine what would you do in the afternoon.
Perro: See a big dog, a puppy, a sleeping dog, a playing dog or a dog peeing your door.
- Connect the words
√ El libro y el lápiz.
√ Me gustan las manzanas, las fresas, el libro y el lápiz.
√ En el parque contigo y mi perro
- Create a story and see it, imagine it.
“Me gusta el parque. Hoy por la tarde, voy contigo y el perro. Leo un libro y escribo. También como manzanas y fresas.”
- Read it aloud so you can hear yourself.
That is a vocabulary that you will learn by heart for life. Try it. You can do it. ☺