We can think of vocabulary as the heart of a language. We need words to be able to listen, read, write and speak. We need words to use grammar. You need vocabulary to pass your exam!
What is the first thing you learned when you started studying English?
It probably was a word or a short combination of words.
At level B1 you already have a good basic vocabulary and grammar skills. I’m sure learning new words has become easier for you. You are learning new words every day, but are you learning as many as you could?
Read this article on how to learn new vocabulary efficiently and get even more prepared for you B1 exam!
The way we learn is as important as to what we learn. Learning new vocabulary should be an active process. It follows the same ‘rules’ as any other learning processes. That is; the more you think about something, the more memories you create and the better you remember it in the future!
This blog will show you how, step by step, how you can easily learn (and remember!) at least ten new words by starting with just one.
You can also practise the steps as you read!
(Start by making a mind map with the verb ‘to agree’ in the middle.)
First, find out the meaning of the word and write it on your mind map. Here, an online dictionary is your best friend (Google Dictionary, dictionary.cambridge.org, learnersdictionary.com, thesaurus.com).
Remember, sometimes a word can have many (very) different meanings depending how and where we are using them. For this reason, it may not be useful to just note down one-worded translation. In fact, this can even be misleading. Take a look at the next two examples:
A letter (noun): 1) a symbol of an alphabet or 2) a written message to someone.
To lie (verb): 1) to tell a lie or 2) to be in a horizontal position.
With verbs, note down whether they have regular or irregular conjugation and conjugate when necessary.
It is important that you know how to use the word.
So next, write down example sentences.
Make sentences that you can easily remember! Make them personal or funny, or maybe something that you can use in your everyday life.
Here, for example; ‘I don’t always agree with agree with everyone.’ Or we can use the verb on its own (without an object) and say I agree/ I don’t agree.)