Choose a random word, then say another one that starts with the last 2 letters from the first one. Keep doing that until you are bored or you can’t find a word that starts with those letters. (Search some in the dictionary in this case or give up because there are dead ends.)
p.s. this game is better if it’s played in at least 2 since your friend may help you to learn new words
Hey guys! So, I’ve started learning one of my target languages again, and while I already know some vocabulary in the lessons I’ve been doing, I was asking myself how I would retain new information so I could use it later on when I want to speak freely. Fortunately, Quizlet kind of helped me create a system that has worked pretty well at this point, and I thought it would be nice to share that system with you guys! Just note, I’m not sponsored by them or anything, I just work better learning with Quizlet than other sites!
(Other Note: This is to say you have already broken down vocabulary lists, since that is how the textbooks I use work.)
The general choices, Flashcards, Learn, and Test, are the ones I use the most when learning language vocabulary.
Spell is basically a hearing and typing system, but I don’t use this feature often unless I need that extra splash of knowledge.
Two games, Match and Gravity, are used for rapid memory, but I rarely use these.
1. Star any words you don’t know.
Thankfully, Quizlet has the free feature to star words that you don’t understand or know off the bat. I do it this way because I can already give myself an idea of what I don’t know going in, that way what I already know is isolated from the new information. And don’t hold back. If you have any sliver of doubt that you may not know the word, it’s better to star it and study it for a little longer than be unsure about it later on.
2. Test yourself with the entire list of vocabulary.
This is just an extra step to reassure yourself whether or not you actually know some words you didn’t know before, or words you thought you knew but need a bit of polishing. Sometimes I get words wrong that I didn’t think I would, and it’s a nice reassurance that you need to hone your knowledge of specific words before using them during and after your language study. For this step, I use Test, since it functions as a sort of pretest!
3. Focus on the (new or original) starred words.
Another great feature of Quizlet is the segmenting of starred words from the entire vocabulary list, so you can focus on the words that you do not understand completely or words that need a bit of touching up. Typically, I use Test to do quick polishing, but using Flashcards and slowly progressing towards the other features can help you soak in the knowledge better.
4. Test yourself with the entire list again to polish any other words, and wrap up your studying!
Finally, you can test yourself again on the entire vocabulary list. This time, however, you should For this tip, you could use Test or Learn, or even Match or Gravity! It’s really all about that last touchup before moving on to the next batch of words, so don’t stress too much about which feature to use. Whichever works the best for you should be the one you use! Personally, I use Test and Learn, but whatever works for you!
A shortlist of terms that do not translate the same from one dialect to another. Other countries in the Commonwealth use different words also, but I’m not trying to be thorough. This list might also seem random because I watch/listen to a lot of British material and pick up random lexicon. If I made a clear mistake let me know and I’ll correct it.
UK English = U.S. English
lift = elevator
flat = apartment
rubbish bin = trash can*
telly = TV
grey = gray
mate = buddy
biscuit = cookie
crisps = chips (tortilla, potato, etc.)
chips = fries**
hoover = vacuum cleaner
car bonnet = car hood
car boot = car trunk
number plate = license plate
football = soccer
tube = subway
(at the) cinema = (at the) movies
programme = TV show
curry house = Indian restaurant
mum/mummy = mom/mommy
car park = parking lot
zebra crossing = crosswalk
mobile = cell phone
jimjams = pj’s (”pajamas” is an Indian word)
the Council = the County (when referring to local legislature)
E-numbers = artificial food additives, preservatives, and dyes
wellys = rain boots
to nick = to steal
*An English “pedal bin” is a trash can with a foot pedal that pops the lid. American’s have those too, but we don’t specify the pedal. An American can you roll to the curb to be emptied is generally called a “garbage” can, but one indoors is called a “trash” can and if it’s small or woven it is a “waste basket.” Likewise there are a variety of other terms for “bins” in England, but I can’t remember them.
**The most confusing differences are often when it comes to food. For instance, English “chips” are usually wedge cut, fried potatoes that an American would not instantly consider a “French fry.” The equivalent to English chips in the US are called “potato wedges” or sometimes “potato fingers,” which as an American I find weird. English chips seem to rarely come in thin “fry” form and are most commonly in thick pieces. Meanwhile, Americans chow down on crinklecut fries, shoestring fries, waffle fries, chili fries, zucchini fries, and anything else they can get into the deep fat fryer.
An English “pudding” is not the flavored dairy custard Americans make with a mix, but is more like dense cake or sometimes bread with filling (which is specifically called “Yorkshire” pudding). American “pie” does not commonly contain meat or gravy (though we do eat chicken “pot” pie because it’s like a pot of stew in a crust), but pie is usually served as a dessert. Some American cities like New York and Chicago call pizza “pie” too. English milk chocolate candy (and I hear differing accounts on this) is much sweeter than American milk chocolate. Based on how I can only handle so much Cadbury chocolate in one sitting, I tend to agree.
This is sort of food-related, but an English “pub” and an American “bar” are two very different kinds of establishments, so I hear. The following comparison is not true of all bars and pubs, but…You go to a pub to have a meal and a drink with your mates. You go to a bar to get drunk, laid, and possibly tattooed. These are the stereotypical (though not necessarily accurate) differences between English and American liquor establishments. You can still get plastered and make bad choices at a pub, and you can still have a quiet drink and a burger in a bar. Just don’t walk into a bar or pub for the first time and expect certain things (this paragraph brought to you by our mild-mannered English friend who thought it would be safe to wander into a bar in New York City before hastily wandering out again).
That’s all the comparisons I can think of off the top of my head. Please, if you’re from the UK or are just an American anglophile who watches lots of BBC, add whatever I’ve missed to the list!
Today, I’d like to tell everyone how I revise and memorise vocabulary for Korean:
1) Make flashcards with Korean on one side and your first language on the other. There isn’t any particular order to the flashcards I make: I make them in the order I learnt them oldest->newest, and I group them in about 80-100 flashcards in a pile (though you can do more if you like).
2) Place the pile first-language side up and write down each Korean version of the words one by one onto a notebook. Basically dictate the vocabulary. Make sure to say it out loud at the same time to practise your speaking and to match the sound of the word up with the written form.
3) Write out mistakes in a different colour beside your incorrect one and the meaning beside it with a big fat circle so it becomes easy to identify.
4) After having done that, push your flashcards out of the way and write down the meaning of each word in your first language beside your dictated ones. For me, it’s easier to think of the word when writing than remembering the meaning of the word when reading so it’s important to do this. Use a different colour in order to not confuse yourself.
5) Circle mistakes with a different colour from the rest. In the end, four differently coloured pens should be used.
6) Go through your mistakes and write them out in a list if you like. Memorise them by rewriting the word over and over again, or recognising the structure of the word.
7) After you’ve made sure you know all the vocabulary of that bundle, shuffle the flashcards or even shuffle several bundles together to try again. You’ll be surprised by how many new words you get wrong (or is it just me?๑ゝڡ◕๑)
Hey guys! Here’s a collection of all the tips I use on a regular basis to
help with memorization. Three things before we start. One, keep in
mind that this is mostly geared towards both visual and auditory
learners. Two,, I’ll use Biology examples, but these tips can be
applied to a variety of subjects. Three, when I talk about drawing,
5-year-old level doodles will do just fine. So, I hope you find these
Draw pictures of what you have to remember – break up whatever word you need to remember, associate each part with something, draw that
something. Ex: thermogenin, you draw a thermos and inside of it, you
draw a gene (as in, you draw a chromosome and shade a small part of
it). This is my ultimate foolproof method for remembering
Make each page memorable. You can use colors, draw little arrows, make doodles, even if they are irrelevant to the subject you’re studying.
Making each page unique will stimulate your visual memory and you’ll
be more likely to remember things (this is why I personally include
pictures of structures if I’m rewriting my biology notes on my
laptop, otherwise, it’s pages and pages of text blocks and it all
blurrs together in your mind)
Test fonts. Times New Roman in size 12 is the easiest font for our brain to process. There are studies that show that information written in
fonts that are smaller and harder to read is actually more likely to
be remembered. If you’re a visual learner, this is probably not true
for you, I, for example, remember info best in Times New Roman 12, so
that’s the font I print all my notes in. Try printing three
paragraphs of information (two different pieces of information that
you’ve never gone over and that is easy to understand, needing only
memorization) in both styles and test yourself to see which one you
When you have to learn a process, visualize it, picture it in your mind, you’ll understand it a lot better than just repeating the steps in
words. If a proteín is recognized by the cytoplasmic membrane and
then enters in through a pore, imagine it happening. If you can’t
picture something, such as structures, look them up on google
Sticky notes. Need to memorize a formula? Write it down on a post it note, stick it on the cover of a notebook/book and force yourself to recall the formula whenever you have to use said notebook. Check whether you got it right. If you didn’t, look at it, repeat it out loud. Try again
Highlighter and annotations symbiosis. Don’t stop using highlighters, you still want them to mark important parts of the text. However, if what you want is to stay present while you study, the best method is to go through a paragraph and then write in the margin whatever you understood. This is not really useful in subjects like Biology
(because you basically can’t summarize all that
much, everything is important) but it’s perfect for more logical
subjects like math or chemistry. I find it especially useful in
summarizing formula deductions - instead of writing the steps in
numbers and symbols, write them out in words, you’ll remember it much
Get the whole picture. Every time you come across a piece of information that relates back to something you’ve already learnt, recall that whole other topic. It’s a great way to review.
Rewrite your notes, don’t recopy them. By this, I don’t mean “put it in your own words” because you probably have already done that in
your original notes (if you just copy what comes out of your
professor’s mouth word by word in class, don’t, it’s not doing you
any good). What I mean is, if you’re taking the time to rewrite them,
you may as well reorganize them. Have to memorize a bunch of facts
about a type of cell? Group them together. Which ones refer to its
functions, which ones are related to its shape and size and contents?
Put those together. If you don’t know how to regroup them just by
looking at your notes, read through these and underline facts in the
same category with the same color. You’ll be surprised.
Try to link facts or concepts when rewriting your notes. Ex: Don’t write
“-Meristematic cells primary function is to divide.
-They have little cytoplasm.
-They have few organelles.”
But: ”Meristematic cells primary function is to divide. That’s why they don’t need to have a lot of organelles or cytoplasm.“
Following this same line of thought, when highlighting, highlight only the ‘main’ point. The consequences or everything related should stem from
Say it yourself This method consists of reading two/three paragraphs, making annotations if necessary and then repeating these paragraphs to yourself OUT LOUD. You’re not repeating things like a parrot,
you’re putting the information into your own words. This is the main method
that I’ve been using since I got my first textbook and I was honestly
so shocked when I saw that people usually study in silence. It makes
the information stick so much better, but forget about libraries and oh
boy, when you get to college be prepared to get creative with your
study spaces if you have a roommate.
Make flashcards of vocabulary. If a month from now you’re asked to explain a theory or a process you’ve already studied, you’ll probably be able to recall the main idea. If you’re asked to explain a certain
term/vocabulary word, the chances of you remembering it are… well,
slim. So, even if the moment you’re studying it you’re convinced you
will remember it, make the flashcard anyway. Oh, and remember the
‘drawing pictures for vocabulary’ thing? Draw those on the back of