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Ten ways to learn new words as a language learner

Ten ways to learn new words as a language learner
Teacher and teacher trainer Svetlana Kandybovich, our latest TeachingEnglish blog award winner, shares her top tips for remembering new words. As a language learner, you work hard to expand your vocabulary. You plough through new words every day, make long lists of words and practise with flashcards. However, when it comes to speaking, the new words seem to fall out of your head, so you resort to your old friends – words you already know and have used many times – again and again. Remembering and using new words in speech is often a challenge for language learners. Here are ten strategies to help you make words stick in your mind and use them in conversation. 1. We remember what is relevant to us. Tip: The British Council LearnEnglish website features tons of interactive videos, games and podcasts. 2. We retain words better when we learn them in small ‘chunks’ (i.e. small phrases that combine several words) and ‘scripts’ (i.e. typical dialogues). 3. 4. 5. ‘career’ – car and beer 6. 7. 8.

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