When we speak to our students about the challenges of learning English as a second language, one that we hear a lot is remembering new English words and phrases and how difficult it can sometimes be. We know first-hand how this can sometimes seem like an uphill struggle and we want you all to know that you are not alone! This is a common challenge we see amongst our students at our campuses in Newark, Orlando and Los Angeles.
Does this sound familiar? If you struggling to remember how to ask for directions, what the English is for your favorite food, read on to learn techniques to help you memorize key English words and phrases.
Take note – For all those new and interesting words you hear whilst you’re out and about, carry a pen and paper. The act of writing a new word or phrase down can help you to remember it.
It’s all about the situation – Think about when you might use specific words and phrases. If you picture a particular situation, for example buying a bus ticket, you are more likely to remember words and phrases associated with this.
Read anything & everything – Not only is reading a great way to broaden your English vocab but associating particular words or phrases with a book you have read it will help you remember it too.
Write a sentence – A great way to remember specific words is to put them in a sentence. For example, never forget the words for different items of clothing by coming up with phrases that you are likely to use, such as: “I love your dress, where did you get it?”
Make it fun – Learning should always be fun and a great way to remember key English phrases is to turn it into a game. There are plenty of word games out there to choose from, or you could even get creative with your friends and make up your own game!
Be musical – Love to sing in the shower? Great! Start making up songs that include any words or phrases you are struggling to remember. You will be amazed by how they suddenly stick.
Practice, practice, practice! – Like any new skill, practice makes perfect and it can take time, so don’t sweat. The act of repeating new words and phrases will help to cement them in your head. By getting out and practicing in real-life situations it will become easier and you will gain more confidence in your English language skills too.
We hope that with these techniques you will be well on your way to building a long list of key English words and phrases that you can use in everyday life. If you would like to improve your English language skills and think one of our English languages courses here in the US might be for you, get in touch with our team at the Harvest English Institute on +1 (833) 609-4646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org