Learning Vocabulary: Five Principles

In the journey of mastering a new language, vocabulary can be a challenge. Knowing these principles may help.

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Source: Kanopy

The first episode of a course by Kevin Flanigan taught me basic things about language learning.

It’s about five principles for building vocabulary. Here, I’m about to share with you those principles and how they relate to my experience in making my Greek vocabulary memorable.

The episode is one of thirty-six episodes in the course Building a Better Vocabulary, which is part of the Great Courses.

It caught my interest because it’s related to my experience, for I’m learning Greek and I have difficulty recalling its vocabulary.

I’m looking for the best ways to acquire new words. The five principles below enrich my perspective.

#1. Definitions

The first step in learning a new word is to understand its meaning.

A good definition should be clear, concise, and accurate.

It should capture the essential features of the word and distinguish it from other words that are similar or related.

A good definition should also include examples of how the word is used in sentences.

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Tjahaja
Virtually Every Language

Indonesian translator. Translating from: English, Indonesian, Javanese, Dutch, and Greek. Translating to: Indonesian, Javanese, and English.