How to Remember English Vocabulary

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Learn different ways to remember new English words you are studying. Quick and easy techniques that will improve your English.

One thing many students find frustrating and annoying is when you learn a word in one class and when you go back to class a week later, you’ve completely forgotten what the word means and how to use it correctly. One of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is to read and listen to lots of texts regularly. You can find more tips and good websites for this in our reading and listening blogs. It is much easier to remember vocabulary if you live in an English speaking country and can use English everyday. However you DO NOT need to live in an English speaking country, these tips will help you remember vocabulary wherever you live.

1. Read and listen regularly

The more you read and listen the more English you will learn. When you are interested in a subject, it is easier for you to remember everything you learn about it. So choose readings and listenings on topics that interest you. When you listen or read, write down any words you don’t understand. You can learn more about reading/listening in our reading blog, or listening blog.

When you finish listening/reading go to a dictionary and check the meaning.

Here are some reliable dictionaries:

  • Good for all levels

For higher level students this dictionary includes lots of extra information. Collocations and word forms.

  • Better for higher levels

  • Not great for elementary

This dictionary gives multiple uses and collocations for each word with examples.

2. Use the new vocabulary in different ways

The best way to remember new words is to use them in at least seven different ways. You do not have to study each new word for hours. Here are some ways you can use words and questions you can ask about new vocabulary:

– write/spell them

– Draw the meaning (If possible!)

– Read them in an example sentence

– Translate them into your language

– say them

– Use them in conversation

– How many syllables do they have?

– Write an example sentence

– Which syllable is stressed?

– Does it have a synonym?*

– Does it have any collocations?

– Is it informal or formal?

– What word form is it: adjective, noun, verb, adverb etc?

*synonym = a different word with the same, or similar meaning.

*collocations = words that often are used together (e.g. ‘I have breakfast’, not ‘I do breakfast’)

3. Review Regularly

The more you use words the more you remember them. It is a good idea to use the word everyday for a week, after you learn it the first time. You do not have to study it everyday. You can try to use it in conversations, or messages and emails.

If you do want to study vocabulary  you can use these websites
(you will need to log in, but it is free):

  • Kids & adults who enjoy games
  • All levels

On Kahoot! you can search for the topic you are studying and it has good games to play. You can play it on the train or bus too, on the app, or the website.

  • For everyone
  • All levels

On Quizlet on You can search for the topic you are studying and it has good games to play. You can play it on the train or bus too, on the app, or the website. The website gives you reminders to study sets of vocabulary.

How we can help

Helen and Caitlin are experienced in finding techniques that suit your learning style, so if you want more techniques to help with learning English vocabulary, book a consultation with us so we can talk about what you need to practice.

Do you have any specific questions? Ask us in the comments below!

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