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Five Secrets to Learning Vocabulary Quickly

A photo showing learning Norwegian vocabulary

Learning a language takes time. One aspect you will need to master in order to feel you have learnt enough of the language is learning relevant vocabulary.

Learning the relevant vocabulary is of course crucial to confidently understanding your friends and colleagues. It also helps you to be able to deal with unexpected questions surrounding things you already know about.

So, how can you speed up learning the vocabulary of a new language?

We have five awesome tips here that we have assembled from our customers. These will help you learn more vocabulary in less time, with very little extra effort in your daily routine.

Tip #1: Change your phone’s lock screen image

How often do you look at your phone screen each day? Perhaps 80 times? Maybe more? Your phone lock screen is a fantastic opportunity to learn a handful of new words each week without spending any extra effort. 

Here’s what to do:

  1. On a bit of paper, simply write down two or three words that you want to learn.
  2. Make sure you also write the translation of the words right next to them.
  3. Then take a photograph of the paper with your words on it. Now set the photograph as your phone’s lock screen background image. 
Learning Norwegian every time I look at my phone screen
Learning the Norwegian word løsning. A free micro lesson every time I look at my phone screen.

Each time you unlock your phone you will very briefly see the words you are learning. It might not sound like much, but after being told of this technique I have memorized many words using this technique. You are effectively having free micro language lessons just by using your phone. And without taking any time out of your day.

Have you tried this yet? Let us know what you think in the comments at the bottom of the page.

Tip #2: Place Post-it notes in three places: Your fridge, bedroom door and bathroom door

Learning Norwegian each time I use my fridge.

In today’s high tech world you may not think that post-it notes have as much to offer language learning. However, this language tip can really help you to learn new words quickly without taking any time out of your day.

Simply choose a couple of words or phrases that you are currently learning. Then write them down on a post-it note. Put a post-it note on your fridge and another on your bedroom door. Put one more on your bathroom door. And that’s it!

Why put the notes on these locations? Because it is important to periodically see the words you are learning. Putting it on your bedroom door, for instance, means that you will likely see the word at least a couple of times per day, including just before you go to sleep.

Do you have any other ideas for smart places to put such post-it notes? Leave a comment below and share it with the rest of us.

Just make sure that the words you choose to learn words that you are likely to use in your home life or work life.

Pro tip: Start by writing down both the word you are learning and its translation on the post-it note. Then after a day or so, scribble out the translation and write it on the back of the post-it note instead. That way, you are gradually learning to memorize the word in are more challenging way.

Tip #3: Use the vocabulary in a real world setting at least three times per day

Try to use the words you are learning each day. This might sound obvious, but it can massively help you learn new vocabulary quickly if you practice them in the real world each day. It is easy to forget to actually use the stuff you are learning!

This can be using the words in a conversation with friends or colleagues or even writing the words in a sentence on three separate occasions during the day. 

By using the words in a natural setting as well as during your lessons, you will find that you remember them much more easily. It also helps to build your confidence in speaking and writing.

If you have a close friend or relative learning the same language, maybe arrange with them to occasionally write words in that language via a chat app such as Whatsapp; Let the other person guess what the word means in your native language. You can even do voice recordings in most chat apps today with the same concept.

Tip 4: Make sure it’s fun to learn!

Learning a language is repetitive. When learning anything in life, it takes a while for you to transfer the information into your long-term memory. 

That’s why it is important to keep at it. The best way to continue learning a language is to make language learning a fun task!

At Capeesh, several of our team members have a video game design background. We are super passionate about making language learning fun. We utilise everything that we have learnt from making games in order to make the learning an enjoyable experience that keeps you coming back for more learning.

Learning Norwegian in a fun way
At Capeesh we are incredibly passionate about making language learning fun!

Make your learning fun! Here are a couple of homemade language learning tips that you can use:

  • When you are learning your language, make sure you do not spend too much time in any one learning session. The brain tends to remember the end of events more than the beginning. For this reason it is important to end your learning session before you become too bored. Otherwise your motivation to resume learning will decrease.
  • Set yourself a word challenge to complete by a certain deadline. If you are starting out with learning a new language, perhaps set yourself the challenge of ordering a coffee in a restaurant Set a challenge which is relevant to your particular life. This may be booking a train ticket, for example. Also, make sure you set yourself a deadline date to aim towards. Having a deadline will help you to hold yourself to account. It will also help you to realise your language learning progress!

Tip 5: Choose relevant words to learn

Another language learning tip that might sound obvious, yet it is one that is easy to forget to follow. There are so many words, phrases and jargon to learn in a language. So make sure you spend your time learning the content that is important for you, At Capeesh we spend a huge amount of effort making sure our learners focus a lot of time on the parts which they will use at work.

Try to think about what which and phrases you often hear or read at work or at home. Make a list of a few of these terms, and then begin to learn them using the other tips in this list. You can make a huge difference in how long it takes to learn the language if you focus on the bits that are most important for you personally. 

If you have international employees at work that might benefit from language lessons, get in touch. We would love to see if Capeesh can help them learn a language and become more productive at work.

We hope you find this useful and if you have anything else that you can think of, feel free to leave a comment below. Keep up the great work and never stop learning!


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