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03 / 02 / 2006

LEARNING TIPS: VOCABULARY LISTS (2): meaning and examples

Good morning,

Yesterday we introduced the concept of organising your vocabulary into logical lists in a Word Bank. We said that you should write down new words in a way that will motivate you to look at or study them again in the future, and pass them to long-term memory.

Imagine that you have organised your Word Bank into categories of similar words or concepts, and now you want to study these words to learn them. Looking at a list of words is a passive activity, and probably won't help pass them to long-term memory. We remember words faster when we use them actively, therefore you have to DO something with the words if you want to learn them.

For each entry in your Word Bank you should...
1) write a translation of the word or phrase into your native language.

2) write a definition of the word or expression in English.

3) write an example sentence in English.

4) include extra information about the word that will help you to remember it.

Much of this information can be found in a dictionary.

We hope these ideas will help you turn your vocabulary lists into a more useful learning tool.

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Have a productive and word-filled day and a great weekend!