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As far as learning vocab, I don’t really have a secret to it, but I tend to apply these methods:
1) Always learn vocabulary in context.
I usually write down words and expressions from articles, books, movies, TV series, YT videos, podcasts. That way I know what the proper use of that expression is and how it’s being applied grammatically in this context.
2) Focus on vocabulary that seems interesting and useful to you.
If there’s little chance of you actually needing this vocabulary, then what’s the use of learning it? Define what your needs are.
3) Don’t try to learn under pressure.
Give yourself time. Let yourself stumble upon a word a couple of times before you actually memorize it. Every time that you stumble upon it in context, it makes it easier for you to later recall.
4) Note down expressions you understand but wouldn’t come up with on your own when writing or speaking your target language.
Don’t be afraid to keep noting it down every time until you feel you know it well.
5) Use different dictionaries.
Every word and expression has a bunch of information that is really useful to check in the learning process. Merely knowing the meaning of a word isn’t enough. Different dictionaries can show different information as well. Besides, there are words you can use only in some contexts while in others not as much. For example you may only use it in a figurative sense or you can use it in both figurative and literal context. Use dictionaries that provide you with example sentences and maybe even note them down in your notebook belowe the expression. It may be better to create your own sentence that relates somehow to your thoughts or life.
6) Test your knowledge.
Whether that be by looking up vocabulary lists on a particular topic or advancement level, just try to see how wide exactly is your vocabulary range when refering to different subjects. Also use different methods of learning vocabulary. Just having a notebook where you only note down new vocab and that’s it doesn’t do much in terms of revising. So you can go over it and transfer the more important ones creating your own vocabulary list here on Tumblr (like I do 😅) or by making Flashcards on Quizlet for example.
7) Don’t hesitate to change up your learning routine.
If you feel like a new resource or a new way of studying may be helpful, experiment with it. Don’t throw away your previous routine right away, make sure your new one works for you first.