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7 ways to memorize new words

Ekaterina, the founder of the educational company Element, a language and communication training company for tech specialists, shares her recommendations on how to easily memorize new words.

The founder of the educational company Ekaterina

"Being successful and busy professionals, our students value their time and strive for quick results. We frequently receive requests for fast-paced progress and top-notch efficiency," says Ekaterina. Much of language learning progress hinges on how quickly you build your vocabulary. In the previous article, I covered effective methods for its expansion.

Today, we'll explore techniques for memorizing words once you've selected a relevant topic to aid you in reaching your goal.

1. Two-for-one deal

When you're diving into new words, it's super important to have a link-up between words and real-life situations. This approach makes learning way more exciting and sticks in your brain better.

Picture this: you come across a word that's totally new to you. Instead of focusing on its translation, slow down a bit. Try to look for a sentence or a little phrase where you could see that word. And memorize them together. In this case you will add functionality to every single word you pick up.

It is the context that helps you memorize and absorb new vocabulary.

Here are examples of using the word "bug" in the meaning of "error":

  • Patch the bug in the system — fix the error in the system.
  • Encounter the bug — find the error.

So, instead of just tackling one word in isolation, you're building a whole network of words that work side by side. It's like a two-for-one deal!

2. Secret power of synonyms and antonyms

Picking up synonyms (words that mean the same) and antonyms (words that mean the opposite) for those fresh new words is like having a secret weapon. Not only does it pump up your vocab game, but it's also a lifesaver in chats.

If a particular word slips your mind, you've got a lineup of synonyms ready to go. This way, you will keep the chat flowing smoothly. No awkward pauses, no sweat.

For instance, if you're talking about a "bug" (like a computer glitch), you've got buddies like "problem" and "malfunction" hanging out in the same club. It's like having a word party where everyone's invited, and you're the host with the most confidence!

3. Meet the word family

One of the easiest ways to increase vocabulary is to memorize words with a similar root.

Do you know how to say "fix bugs" in English?

It is "debug."

Example of use: games are the worst to debug.

It is that simple to add one more word in your memory box.

4. Little language gems

Using set expressions and idioms is like adding a dash of flavor to your language game. It doesn't just make you stand out, but it also makes your conversations flow smoother and feel more natural. Moreover, it boosts understanding and keeps interactions sailing effortlessly in all sorts of situations.

Now, check out this twist with our buddy "bug." When you toss it into an informal, slang expression, it's like giving it a whole new vibe. Like saying, "I've got a travel bug" to really mean you've got a burning passion for traveling. Or dropping "fishing bug" to share how Lake Narach lit up your love for fishing.

Idioms might not always make sense if you translate them word by word. Give them extra attention as you're learning English to sound authentic and confident. They're like little language gems that add that extra sparkle to your fluency!

5. It’s not about giggles

Backed by scientific research, it's clear that a positive learning environment directly correlates with enhanced study outcomes.

Jokes aren't just about the giggles, they help you crack the language code! Studying and using jokes helps improve conversational skills, enrich vocabulary, and learn language constructions in appropriate contexts.

On top of that — it’s much easier to remember something that gave you a good laugh.

For example:

  • If you cannot fix a bug, try to prove it's a feature. — If you cannot fix an error, call it a feature.

6. Revising rockstar

Remember when I talked about those cool apps like Quizlet, Anki, and Memrise?

Well, they help you go back to those new words in a systematic way, giving them a good solid place in your memory. It's like strengthening your language muscles through fun exercises.

Now, if those app names sound like a foreign language to you, no sweat! The Element team has got your back. Just follow this link, and you'll be on your way to becoming a revising rockstar!

7. Blend them in

You've got the goal in mind — boosting that fluency and confidence!

Just think about it: the reason you're piling up those new words is to become a language pro.

Don’t hold them back! In Slack or on a call, it doesn't matter. Blend them immediately into your communication routine.

Don’t forget to get creative — turn your new words into short stories, weave them into rhymes!

It's crucial to invest additional effort to ensure these words become a lasting part of your linguistic journey.

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