Anne’s tips to learn vocabulary
Learning vocabulary is an on-going task. Enjoy the journey as well as the end result. Very quickly, you’ll find you have a ton of words and expressions in your list, and you won’t know how to work with so much to learn.
1. Review SHORT lists
2. Review DAILY
3. Keep it PLAYFUL
4. Make up different GAME
5. Say the words and expressions ALOUD
6. Always TEST yourself with or without a teacher
7. REVISIT your lists regularly
What to review?
If you are reviewing a noun, make sure you learn the gender (le/la or un/une) with it.
If you are reviewing a verb, make sure you learn the preposition (à, de, avec…) with it.
How to review?
The best way for me has always been flashcards, either on paper or on the computer.
Write down the French on one side and it’s English translation on the other side. On the other side, you can also write a sentence with the right context, or draw a picture if you are a better artist than I am.
In any case, say the word or expression ALOUD as you pick a card.
Index cards or heavyweight paper (Bristol) works best. A good size is about 3”x5” so you can easily bring them with you anywhere.
2.On the computer
Use your computer
Type up the French in one column and it’s English translation on the second column. On the second column, you can also write a sentence with the right context, or draw a picture if you are a better artist than I am.
In any case, say the French word or expression ALOUD as you read a line. If you can, email the list to yourself, so you can read it anywhere on your phone or tablet.
Use a software
See how to review with Quizlet – tests are endless and excellent
Go to Quizlet.com
Create your free account.
Go to Speller, type and listen
Go to Test and learn
Go to Scatter and play
See ANNE’S lists
3.GENIUS for Mac users
At the end
Ask your teacher to test you, to create context exercises weekly for you.