The vocabulary of a language is, of course, the single most important aspect in communicating.

When we learn speech as children, we begin by learning words.

  • Grammar DOES become very important for learners wishing to communicate more effectively, but:
  • Beginners can conduct communicate using just words (and gestures).

So… what is the best way of going about learning vocabulary?

Here are some tips:

  • Do some research on the internet – what are the 100 / 500 / 1,000 most used words in the object language?
  • Learn words in phrases – a context will make remembering words easier
  • Make lists and flash cards (for more, see below)
  • Speak the words aloud
  • Associate words or phrases with gestures or tone of voice
  • Associate words with pictures or colors – draw them next to the words
  • READ! Start with a children’s book with pictures and figure things out.

For more tips, see Self Study.


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