IWTYAL 008: How can I make sure I don’t forget a word?

itunesButtonToday’s episode features a question from John: “I recently learnt the word for Heathrow in Chinese. How can I make sure I don’t forget it?”

In this episode:

  • How can I learn a word that I’ve learnt recently?
  • What kind of vocabulary should you prioritise learning?
  • The memory techniques that will help you

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Principles of memorising vocabulary:

  1. See the vocabulary often
  2. See and use it in different contexts
  3. Personalise it

Practical ideas for memorising vocabulary:

  1. Drop it into conversation
  2. Write sentences using the vocabulary
  3. Have your tutor or a native speaker correct these sentences
  4. Put those corrected sentences into your SRS flashcards
  5. Put the word on Post-it notes and stick them around the house!
  6. Set calendar reminders to bring up the word on your phone/computer

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