• Methods,  Vocabulary

    Learn Vocabulary: Four Simple Methods

    Strict memorization of vocabulary words can be a dreadful experience. Flash cards can be downright painful when it comes to learning a new language. But learning new vocabulary words doesn’t have to be so dull. I’d like to offer four simple methods to learning vocabulary to make it somewhat more enjoyable – and certainly more effective than straight memorization. I refer to these four methods as: 1) The Holistic Learning Method, 2) The Word Association Method 3) The Object Association Method, and 4) The Context Acquisition Method. Before I get more into detail let’s take a step back to see the big picture. The most important thing to understand before…

  • Language,  Vocabulary

    How Much Vocabulary to Study?

    If you’ve decided to learn a new language, you will eventually face the inevitable: Vocabulary memorization. But the question often arises, “How many words should I study in a day?” That’s a great question, and it’s different for everyone. Recently I posed that very question on a language learning forum and received some interesting responses. Here is a brief summary of what people said (keep in mind, this is small scale research and everyone is unique): The least number of vocabulary studied per day was reported as at least 2 words. The greatest number of vocabulary studied per day was reported as 50 words. The mean (average) reported vocabulary words…

  • Grammar,  Language,  Vocabulary

    Grammar vs. Vocab – Which comes first?

    Recently, I started a thread on a language learning forum and asked the forum members the simple question “Is vocabulary really necessary early on?” I posed this question in all sincerity based on one simple assumption: Vocabulary comes over time whether I like it or not, so wouldn’t a focus on grammar be a better emphasis in the early stages of language learning? Specifically, I thought it better to focus on such things as… – Verbs (past present and future tenses, participles, etc.) – Pronouns – Articles/Cases (including gender, if necessary) – Possessives – Little words like of, for, and, by, with, which, this, that, these, those, etc. – Question…