Tips To Learn Vocabulary

Tips to learn vocabulary

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

break any long list down into small lists – by theme, by chronological order, or even randomly – and make sure you don’t have more than 20 items in each list

2. Review DAILY

give yourself one week to review one chosen list daily

3. Keep it PLAYFUL

make sure it’s fun for you. Keep in mind the process is enjoyable too, not just the end result

4. Make up different GAME

make up games – blanks, shuffles, races (stopwatch), memory, scramble, crossword puzzles, matching…

5. Say the words and expressions ALOUD

always say the words aloud. Don’t just read them in your head

6. Always TEST yourself with or without a teacher

test yourself at the end. Even more efficient, ask your teacher to test you on your list

7. REVISIT your lists regularly

go back to any list on a regular basis. Most of us tend to forget words if we don’t “re-activate” them from time to time

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.

1.On paper

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

1.QUIZLET

See how to review with Quizlettests 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

2.ANKI

3.GENIUS for Mac users

4.MICROSOFT EXCEL

At the end

Ask your teacher to test you, to create context exercises weekly for you.

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