Learn & Remember MORE Vocabulary



hey what's up Stefanie the English
coach here from EnglishFullTime.com in this video we are going to talk about
how to learn and remember more vocabulary so you guys can start
speaking more fluently and just feel more comfortable with English now I have
many methods to share with you guys but what I want to say is that we all learn
a little bit differently so there's not one way that will work for everybody you
really have to test and see what works for you what you enjoy because when you
enjoy the way that you're learning you learn more and you learn faster okay let
me give you a quick example of this my husband loves studying languages he goes
crazy he studies everything basically French Italian Russian I can't even keep
track of all the languages that he studies and you know how he likes
studying them he uses apps like duolingo and mango languages he loves using these
apps and you know you can find him at any point of the day just sitting there
with the app learning new vocabulary learning new words and then when he
meets people that speak these languages he actually can talk with them but for
me I don't like that method I cannot just sit and play with an app it's not
my learning style it does not work for me and I'm just not interested in that
kind of learning so I have other methods that work for me but maybe that method
will work for you so it's something to consider if you're trying to learn more
vocabulary okay before I tell you what will work and what has worked for me and
what is amazing I want to tell you what doesn't work okay or at least what
doesn't work for me cramming never works you guys should
know this right we're all adults here or most of us are all adults we've all been
through traditional education systems and we all know what happens when you
cram maybe you're able to pass the test but then you don't remember anything the
next day this happened to me all the time when I was in high school because
in my history classes every Friday we would have a vocabulary exam we had to
learn 10 new words each week and then take a test on those words and I never
studied I was super lazy when it came to learning new vocabulary because I hated
this learning method I was I was just so against it I hated it so basically what
I would end up doing is right before the test when our teacher would give us ten
extra minutes to prepare I would just read through all the words really
quickly I would memorize the definition and I think you know because my brain
was in survival mode like you have to pass this test then I was able to
memorize all the definitions word-for-word it was incredible and then
you know we would do the test I would get ten out of ten right every single
time I had the words down the definitions everything memorized 100%
but guess what the following week I never remembered what those words were
okay so cramming like that does not work it's not a good method you want
consistent exposure to English over a long period of time that is literally
the best method okay so now I want to tell you guys about a youtube video that
I saw years ago that was phenomenal and it's about the way that our brain works
if I can find it I'll link it in the description for you guys to watch
because it's truly really incredible so first in this video the narrator shows
you a list of words ten words and says okay try to see how many of these words
you can memorize and then after you see the list you have to write down as many
as you can remember and I was able to write down like four maybe five I could
not remember all the words and then the narrator told a story using those words
and showed you images of the words as he was telling the story and then at the
end of it he was like okay now how many do you remember and I was able to
remember every single word and the reason is because that word was placed
in a story there was context there was an image there was something for me to
relate to and identify with so that is a big key for you and for me when we're
learning languages and when you guys are trying to improve your English that the
best way to really learn new vocabulary is one in context okay in a story
because we remember stories and then using imagery as much
as possible so for me this is why when I learn a new word in Spanish or something
and I'm like oh man I keep forgetting what this word is I need to see it I
need a visual I literally just go to Google Images I
typed the word and then I see all these pictures and this is a fantastic way to
learn new vocabulary you don't have to write it down and sit there memorizing
it day after day trying to get that definition in your mind because words
and definitions are all abstract okay they're taking something concrete
they're making it abstract and then they're you're trying to memorize that
in your mind and it's just not as efficient so trust me on this try it out
next time you hear a word when you're like oh my gosh what does that mean or I
don't understand it go look it up on Google Images okay even if it's a
feeling or a word that is abstract like disappointed for example let's pretend
you learn this word for the first time there's not really an image like ball
you can see a ball right you can't see disappointed but you can because Google
Images is going to show you pictures of people who are disappointed and you're
gonna recognize the expression on their face because that's an expression we
make in any language okay so that's just a quick example of how you can use
imagery and use the fact that your brain remembers things better when it sees
images to learn new vocabulary and remember it in English okay the next
thing I want to talk to you guys about is social media because as you guys know
it's already been proven that social media is highly addictive Facebook
Instagram etc so what we can do is we can actually use this to our advantage
all of your Facebook all of your Instagram account everything it should
be in English but not just the account itself you know where it says settings
and friend requests and all this stuff not just that okay but all of the
content that you're seeing inside of Facebook all of the content that you're
seeing inside of Instagram all of that should be in English so if you focus on
a deeper motivation that you have not just English but something that you're
really passionate about this could be related to your career related to your
hobbies whatever it is but some that you love just follow pages and
content related to that in English and because Facebook and Instagram is
already so addictive in and of itself you're gonna be scrolling through your
newsfeed for at least five minutes every day you're gonna be getting new words in
English and it's just a really easy way to build your vocabulary so I'm gonna
give you two examples of pages that I love following on Instagram all in
English and if you guys follow pages like this you're gonna be learning new
sentences and new words every single day so one type of page that I love
following on Instagram is quotes like uplifting inspirational motivational
quotes you can find pages where they post quotes every single day multiple
times a day and if you're following 20 pages like this first of all you're
gonna be feeling a lot more positive I think on a daily basis and you're gonna
feel a lot more encouraged with whatever goals you're trying to achieve but
you're also gonna learn new sentences new words new ways of structuring
phrases etc okay and to find these pages just use the hashtag search function and
go to hashtags and then type in motivational quotes or inspirational
quotes and you'll start finding a bunch of pages that publish this kind of
content the other kind of page that I love following on Instagram is pages
about memes okay memes and jokes and funny things
they make me laugh every single time and this is a really great way also to stay
up to date on slang or to learn slang if you're following pages on Instagram that
are nothing but memes your vocabulary is gonna increase without a doubt and
your slang you're gonna start learning a lot more slang too and you're
gonna laugh more because they're so funny okay so the next thing I want to
say about this is that it takes time for the brain to process new information
okay so you're not going to be able to learn hundreds of words every single day
and you shouldn't even try because even if you learn the definition of a word
you have to hear that word in context many many many many times before you
really truly understand that word and can use it on
autopilot so a lot of times I see students that hear a word for the first
time and they start trying to use it but they're misusing it they're using it out
of context because they don't really understand how to use it so sometimes I
think it's better to just listen a lot more first and analyze how words are
used and then once you feel like okay yeah I totally understand how this word
should be used then you can incorporate it into your vocabulary and start using
it now with all of that said there are times where you're gonna have to
memorize a lot of words in a short amount of time and this happened to me
when I had first come to Argentina it was my first year in the country and I
decided that I wanted to start working as an independent beauty consultant and
I was going to start selling and marketing different beauty products well
it wasn't until that point when I realized oh my gosh I don't know how to
say these basic words in Spanish that are related to makeup and you know doing
your makeup like how do you say lipstick how do you say eyeliner how do you say
blush how do you say eyeshadow these are all words that are related to makeup and
doing your makeup and I didn't know any of them so what did I do
I had to go look up all of this information and start memorizing like
crazy and I remember that I printed a bunch of material
I watched youtube videos in Spanish I was taking notes about how the girls
were describing their makeup and describing how they were applying it I
was taking notes and then I would practice I would do presentations in
front of the mirror I would make people listen to me and I was basically like
hey this is my job now I have to know these words I can't not know these words
so that was really frustrating because even though I was studying every day I
kept forgetting words and it felt like I was making no progress but you know what
it took me about one week maybe or two weeks or a few days I don't remember but
it was not actually that long it's just like when you're studying those new
words that's when it feels like it's taking forever but then you look back
and you're like hey you know it didn't that long so that method of writing
words down studying their definitions looking them up etc and trying to cram
as much into your brain in as little time as possible again it can work but
it's not a good long-term strategy that's like if you're desperate and
you're like okay I need a certain set of vocabulary terms ASAP that I don't know
then of course that will work okay and my last tip here on how to learn and
remember more vocabulary is to just start being more observant right we have
active vocabulary and passive vocabulary what happens with a lot of you guys is
you understand everything that I say so my vocabulary is in your passive
vocabulary because you understand it but then when you want to speak a lot of
times you don't have the actual words you don't have the fluency that's
because you don't have my vocabulary built into your active vocabulary okay
you have just a base vocabulary of whatever you're working with right now
and maybe you've been incorporating a few extra words a week but if you really
want to start improving faster you have to really listen to what I say and ask
yourself what words is she saying that I don't use ask yourself that question and
you'll start realizing oh she always says this phrase or she always says
these words and I don't use them how does she use them and then once you
start making those observations you'll be able to incorporate it into your
speech and of course start having a bigger vocabulary and with that said the
idea here is not to have a huge vocabulary it's just to be able to
express yourself well you guys might notice that I don't use a ton of big
words because I don't care about using big words I want people to understand me
and I want to communicate what I'm thinking and what I'm feeling and in
order to do that you don't need a huge amount of words okay you just need basic
words okay though you can do this even without having an extensive vocabulary
just remember that you should be focusing on chunks okay not necessary
individual vocabulary words but chunks and phrases focus on one type of English
because if you're trying to learn British English Irish English and
American English or different types of American English and British English or
whatever all at the same time you're going to drive yourself crazy it's
better to just focus on one area so you can master that vocabulary and then move
on so for example British English a lot of their vocabulary that's in my passive
vocabulary I understand it but I don't use it okay so for you you can
understand American English but speak British English or you can understand
British English but speak American English or whatever you feel more
comfortable with okay guys so hopefully those tips were helpful please let us
know in the comments what tips you'd like to add based on your personal
experience what works for you what learning styles you enjoy to improve
your vocabulary we look forward to reading what you have to say and of
course don't forget to check the description because I leave lots of
links and lots of other information in the description for those of you who
always ask no I don't offer private classes I'm so sorry but I do run
several online programs that you might be interested in so again check the
links in the description and you'll learn more about them there that's it
you guys and I'll see you in another video bye

41 thoughts on “Learn & Remember MORE Vocabulary”

  1. Hey guys! Don't forget to download your FREE guide on practicing English with native speakers 😉 Here's the link: https://englishfulltime.com/free-guide Also, for MORE videos from me, go here: https://members.englishfulltime.com/p/english-24-7

  2. You know what, You're so crazy about Spanish coz you Love your Husband so much who is also a Spanish speaker. Haha, I know things…

  3. when i watch u and listen u… i feel like dude , i'm a American …. i'm feel super might super , SUPER thats it .. but when the video's finish . i'm come back to my BRAZILIAN "PERSONA " and that sucks to me lol , cuz i need to live those feeelings for real , talk truly' with a american front on front , need to do that bfr die ;/ lol

  4. Hello guys, I am a beginner in English and I want to make interactive funny conversations, who do share the same thing with me? I’ll be happy to see you in my account on Skype or on Instagram (the same user) (hassan.es.city)

  5. I really thank you, I learned so much with this video. That was exactly what I was looking for!

  6. I’m so glad how do you speak non stop it seems u don’t even breathe in middle. Where do you find all this stuff from and how do you keep everything remember just one after other like a recorder you speak 😍

  7. Hello teacher? Sincerely I found all your videos so rich and at the same time more benefit. Thank you for everything you're doing and will do for us.

  8. Well! My favorite learning style is using your video and others here on YouTube as well as TV news like CNN , CBS , FOX , etc and TV Shows but the thing is I really wanna sound like a native American and trying to master the neutral US accent as much as I can cause I have been working for US call centers and worked temporarily for Vodafone UK call center but unfortunately the British and Irish accents didn't sound very familiar for me. I luv the US English accent though

  9. Hello Stefanie! I'm an English learner and I really like your channel. Can I reuse your videos to add big subtitles to them and upload them on Youtube? I will leave the original video links in the description. Waiting for your reply and thank you in advance.

  10. I DIDNT IMAGINE THOSE ANGRY FACES. THEY WERE PISSED OFF AT ME N THEIR "TRUE FEELINGS" WERE SHOWING UP. KEEP IT SIMPLE. DONT TRY TO BE OVER-SMART.

  11. You said you saw a video and another time you said I watched videos about cosmetics. What is the difference between saw and watched? Can we use both of them? I know that you`re very busy, but maybe someone will respond to me)

  12. I cant pay attention to your lessons cause I really spent the time watching how beautiful you are…!! Is it a problem?

  13. Hi Stefanie, i really impressed with your amazing communication skills. I have never found such great useful video's to learn Native American language till now. You are blessed with mesmerizing voice..i'm sure i m gonna addict with your videos since i m passionate about native speaking.I know my vocabulary could not meet my intentions about you. Sweet and simple you are awesome. I'm pretty much sure you are giving sparkling path to many people to learn great skills.

  14. It's easier said than done. For example, follow only insta pages which help me learn English. But I have a lot of pages I need to make purchases, for example. And all they are in my native language. I need them not less than pages for learning English. To learn words in images: should I make all those stories to learn all the words I need to learn? ? I'm afraid I'm not so creative 😀 And other couple of tips which are easier said than done in real life, unfortunately 🙁 But I must say they sound perfect👍👍👍

  15. hey steffani, thanks for all that knowledge shared, but i got a doubt with the pronunciation of "products" you said it in a different way

  16. Thank you very much! You inspire me)) You have a gift of teaching. I have problems with using articles (a/the). Could you please please please make a video.

  17. In my case, for example, I was not able to learn new words only reading and repeating those words, I needed to use those words in some context and understand what that word meant in that context. I'm learning a lot more watching videos in English. Even that I do not understand all, I can see some words that I learned working.

  18. How can I communicate in social media with native English speakers if nobody wants to chat with me? 🙄

  19. I have no clue why I understand you perfectly, your pronunciation is perfect 👌 a special mention for you

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