Multilingual Vocabulary Building & Learning

 When building up vocabulary & new words in multilingual learning

What works best when learning new vocabulary in multiple languages?

Here it is:

I. Notice the unknown word.

II. Try to find out its meaning within its context.

III. Confirm the meaning with a good dictionary.

IV. Write down the word in a notebook.

Be sure to:

Write the word. Its meaning. Its definition. Its phonetic pronunciation.

Learn. Study. Review & practice the word.

When studying and reviewing. Repeat the word. Verbally. Outloud. Repeat each and every syllable separately and slowly (you will remember the spelling easier this way). Then faster. Into your mind. By whispering it. By saying it outloud several times.

Rewrite the word. Many times (the motoric memory into your brain will memorize the spelling as well easier and faster this way). Visualize the word. Its idea. A person who pronounces it. Its meaning. Recontextualize the word. Sort it out in a thematic lexical partition into your mind.

Practice & use the word. By writing (for yourself or to native/non native speakers), speaking (with native / non native speakers), reading (for example the newspaper) & listening (to the radio) every day.

Build up lists of words related to the one you just learned: plurals, related terms, words of the same lexical field, words of the same terminology, etc.

Keep in mind this – Vocabulary learning usually follows 7 learning steps:

Steps I mark by 7 letters: L – S – R – P – G – S & E

1. Learn – when you learn the word within the context it is located and keep it in a notebook

2. Study – when you take the time to remember / memorize the word cognitively later on

3. Review – when you review your studying by refreshing & training your memory

4. Practice – when you put into real practice the word that has become part of your language used when writing or speaking.

5. Grow – when you build up vocabulary trees (lists) rooting from the word you learned, related to the same topic, thematic, lexical and terminological fields.

6. Share & Educate – When the word is learned, studied, reviewed & daily practiced, when it has become the subject of terminological trees, it is time for you to share your knowledge & educate others in the learned language & terminology. You will experience much meaning, happiness & gratification sharing knowledge & educating other language learners. Supporting others to learn is the best way to imprinte the learned concept & knowlegde into your mind & to put your knwoledge into practice. Knowledge that is shared is knowledge that is fully integrated & that gives meaning to your learning.

! Remember that the more time you wait until and between step 2 and 3, the best remembered the word will be. Because the effort you will put into making the memory reemerge will fix the word better into your mind / brain !

Learn new words every day – share new words every day! This is by far the best way to enrich your expertise and knowledge in a given language & help others improving theirs.


When studying vocabulary – marking your vocabulary lists is a wise method

Mark your notebook pages /vocabulary lists with these code letters, in order to organize your learning more effectively:

L – stands for Learning: when the word is learned in context.

S – stands for Studying: when the word is consciously studied.

R – stands for Reviewing: when the word is reviewed.

P – stands for Practicing: when the word is practiced in real life.

G – stands for Growing: when the word gave grow to a list or a tree of other words related to it.

S & E – stands for Share & Educate: when the terminology & word are shared with others and served to help educate others & imporve their  knowledge of the language.

By marking your vocabulary lists / notebook pages, you keep tracks of which step in the learning process you are in, which step has been done and which step is still to do.

Organize your learning. Find & implement learning strategies. Structure your mind & brain when learning. This is by far the best way to learn & make it more effective & lasting.

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