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  • Hi, I'm Oli. I'm a teacher from Oxford Online English. Today, we've got a free lesson about

  • learning vocabulary. I once asked a group of students: "If you learn 100 English words,

  • how many will you remember next week?" They gave me different answers. Maybe 80, 50, I

  • don't know. Then I asked: "How many will you remember next month?" They gave me lower answers:

  • perhaps 10, 20. Then I asked: "How many will you remember next year?" Everybody - there

  • were perhaps 80 people there - everybody said zero! No words in a year. Now, this doesn't

  • have to be like this. It is possible to learn vocabulary and remember it. But, if this is

  • your situation, if you think "If Iearnt 100 new words, I would forget them all within

  • a year," then perhaps you should change the way you study vocabulary. In today's lesson,

  • I'm going to give you some simple advice to help you learn and remember vocabulary more

  • easily and more effectively. So, let's start with number one: you need to find examples

  • of how the word is used. Now, the best way to remember vocabulary is to use it. Before

  • you can use it, you need to know how to use it correctly. Use a good learner's dictionary

  • and try to get at least three examples of how the word is used in a sentence, and try

  • to remember these examples, so you understand how to use the words. Number two: learn one

  • meaning at a time. Many words have several different meanings For example, the verb 'set'

  • has 68 different meanings in the Longman dictionary! And that's just the verb. 'Set' can be a noun,

  • too. It can also be an adjective. Think how many meanings it must have. If you try to

  • learn different meanings at the same time, you will get confused, and it will be much

  • more difficult to remember the vocabulary. Number three: use the vocabulary in a phrase

  • or in a sentence. Let's imagine you're trying to remember the English verb 'dance.' Ok,

  • you can write it down in your book: 'dance,' maybe with a translation in your language.

  • But, that doesn't really help your imagination. Why don't you write down something like 'dance

  • beautifully,' 'dance like an idiot,' 'dance with your aunt at a wedding'? Using vocabulary

  • in a phrase or a sentence like this helps you to see a picture and this helps you to

  • remember the word. You can also make a full sentence. For example: "I feel shy when I

  • dance." Something like that. The more you use the word, the easier it will be to remember

  • the word. Number four: stick new words around your house. Many students have told me that

  • this is a great way to remember vocabulary. So for example, if you want to learn five

  • new words, you can write them on small pieces of paper, and stick them in different places

  • in your house where you will see them every day. So for example, you can stick one on

  • your bathroom mirror, one on the door of your fridge, one on the top of your computer screen.

  • Then you can change the words, perhaps every three days or every week, and it will be easy

  • to remember them. Number five: make new words into a picture, a story or a song. Unfortunately,

  • your brain (and my brain) - our brains are very bad at remembering facts. For example,

  • the meaning of new vocabulary in a foreign language. Your brain is just bad at remembering

  • this. But, your brain is very good at remembering pictures, songs and stories. So why not use

  • this to remember new vocabulary? So, if you want to learn ten new words, maybe try to

  • draw a picture, which includes all ten ideas. Or, try to make a short story, and practice

  • reading the story, with the new words in. This might sound strange, but trust me: it

  • works really well, and you're using your brain in the best possible way. Your brain is good

  • at remembering things like this. So there you go: five simple ideas that you can use

  • to learn vocabulary more easily and with a higher success rate. I hope that lesson was

  • useful for you. If you want to read the text of this lesson, come to our website:

  • We have many other free English lessons as well, and new lessons every week. That's all

  • for today. Thank you very much for watching. I'll see you next time. Bye bye!

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