How To Learn Vocabulary In A Foreign Language – Part 3

This is my comprehensive guide to how to learn vocabulary in a foreign language! To catch up on the earlier posts in the series, use the links below: CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 CLICK HERE TO READ PART 2 In the first two parts to the series, we looked at: Some common misconceptions about […]

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How To Learn Vocabulary In A Foreign Language – Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of this special series where you’re discover how to learn vocabulary in a foreign language… my way! If you missed part 1, you should start there. (This post make much sense otherwise!) CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 In the first part, we looked at: Some common misconceptions about memory The first […]

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How To Learn Vocabulary In A Foreign Language – Part 1

This 3-part series will show you how to learn vocabulary in a foreign language… without forgetting it later! When you can increase your vocabulary on-demand, it gets a lot easier to speak your new language, and much more enjoyable too! You’ll learn the A.R.T. technique, and how to apply it to your language learning, so […]

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Core Study Sequences: Learning Vocabulary

Welcome to Part II in a series of articles in which I show you exactly how I’m learning foreign languages every day. In these articles I talk about how I’m using my Core Study Time – a 30-45 minute period at the start of every day which I set aside for intensive study. Before you […]

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How to Use Vocabulary Lists to Instantly Improve Your Communication Skills

If you’re my age or older, your foreign language homework at school probably looked like this: “Here’s a list of 10 French verbs. Learn them all for a test next Tuesday.” Many years later, you stumble across blogs like mine, and you’re told something different: “Learning lists of words is wrong…use xyz fancy method instead!” […]

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Why you were wrong about rote learning

If I could wave a magic wand and solve one language learning problem for people, do you know what it would be? Memory. Learning and memorising vocabulary in a foreign language makes some people tear their hair out. It drives others to tears. And, naturally, there’s no one solution that works for everyone. So today I’m pleased […]

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Is your vocabulary notebook out of control?

How many old vocabulary notebooks do you have lying around the house? And how many of the words that you’ve written inside those notebooks have you ever managed to learn? For me the answers are: 1) A lot and 2) Not very many. (Unfortunately, in that order.) So was all that frantic scribbling was worthwhile? Or should I not have […]

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9 things not to do when studying vocabulary

Today we have a great, straight-talking guest post on learning vocabulary from Dani Maizner, who I was lucky enough to meet in Berlin this summer! Dani is a passionate language learner from Austria who enjoys the great variety of languages in the world. You can find more information about her and her language projects on […]

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How to learn vocabulary with some cunning technology!

How do you even begin to learn vocabulary when there are just so many words to learn? How do you know which vocabulary you should concentrate on? How can you learn vocabulary when you don’t understand half of it? This video is a step-by-step guide for choosing, recording and learning vocabulary. It’s good for any […]

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Eight Tips For Improving Your Vocabulary

Words. We all need them. However fancy your grammar may be, without words you can’t communicate. And that sucks. The trouble is, there are a lot of words to learn. Here are eight things to keep in mind on your quest for a larger vocabulary. 1) Love dialogues When I’m starting out with a new […]

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App Review: Flashcards – The Best App for Learning Vocabulary

Do you want to learn foreign language vocabulary faster, and not forget it? This article will show you how. What follows is a review of my favourite spaced-repetition flashcard app, which I’ve used to help me learn eight languages. Learning New Vocabulary What process do you go through to learn a new word? Do you write […]

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Stealth learning in the field

This practical activity helps you deal with daily situations in a foreign environment and prioritise the learning of the language being used around you. Who is this for? Any level beyond beginner. What do I need? A smartphone or any other discreet recording device. Optional: Skype. ———- This activity is beautifully simple and is directly […]

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Words you can’t live without

In this post I describe a great way to understand your own language usage and how to apply it as a tool for learning. Spanish Vocabulary Pretty, isn’t it? This word cloud represents the Spanish vocabulary that I use the most, and therefore couldn’t live without! It’s essentially an elaborate word frequency chart; the larger […]

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