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  • The skills for learning vocabulary are one of the keys to success in English language exams!

  • English teacher, Margaret John, would agree.

  • -You know, what really makes the difference between a fair and an excellent performance in exams?

  • It's knowing how to learn your vocabulary.

  • This is true when you're faced with a new or difficult wordyou need to know how to deal with it.

  • Hopefully our top tips can help you.

  • Firstly, when you see an unfamiliar word, can you ignore it?

  • You might find that you can understand the general meaning of the sentence without understanding every single word.

  • If you're stuck on a new word, are there clues to help you guess its meaning?

  • Again, look at the context of the sentence to work out what the new word means.

  • Maybe the word looks like a similar one you already know?

  • But be careful of what we call false friends.

  • These are words which look very similar to words in your own language, but have a completely different meaning.

  • Get to know the common false friends that your language has with English!

  • It may sound obvious, but you could use a dictionary to look up a new or difficult word.

  • Think about which one to use – a bilingual one or a monolingual one.

  • Think about the new word in English.

  • It will also help you build your vocabulary by giving you other words connected to the new word you've just learned.

  • And, of course, when you discover a new word, use it or lose it, as Examiner, Mark Shea, explains.

  • -You need to revise your vocabulary on a regular basis, perhaps once after twenty-four hours and once a week.

  • It's not enough to write a word down to learn the word.

  • You need to use the word to really acquire it.

  • So, don't forget your new word.

  • Record it, and make use of it in your writing and conversations.

  • Try these tips, and hopefully you won't find new and difficult words a challenge any longer.

  • Good luck!

The skills for learning vocabulary are one of the keys to success in English language exams!

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