Here are just some beginning ideas to get you started to learning new vocabulary words in your target language.
It’s all new vocabulary to you
It’s hard to get started, so many letters and words. You probably recognize most of to letters in to target language but when combined as a word it just doesn’t make sense. Well, of course. This is going to be all new to you.
You may have an idea of pronunciation and maybe even meaning, or you already know some vocabulary so it’s not totally new to you. The thing is that it really is going to be all new to you and you have to get started somewhere.
A picture dictionary can help you learn and get started
I have seen dictionaries for kids’ at the public library. I believe that it is a rarity to find foreign kids’ books in your library. Although, not out of the realm of possibility. The cool thing about this dictionary was that it was full of pictures, it was intended for little kids’ because to words were simple and pictures were big and it was meant as a learning tool for kids’.
What a great way to get started, to book had a nice big picture of to item and to definition of that picture in two languages. The vocabulary presented in such a book was very simple and basic. For instance, I remember one section was fruit and it listed about 5 pictures of different types of fruit and to words just below. Hey, it’s just a start.
Getting a kids’ book may seem ridiculous to you but guess what? They have these visual dictionaries for bigger people as well. I have seen visual dictionaries that are more substantial. Talk about new vocabulary words! Some words I’m sure native speakers didn’t even know about.
You will hear lots of vocabulary in television
Another way to get started is to watch a show in your target language. Oh I know you probably won’t understand close to 90 percent of what is being said. You don’t have to watch to whole show and be committed to it and become a loyal viewer.
The point is that you will hear native speakers and you will see and hear them using your target language vocabulary. You may remember to word apple in to kids’ dictionary and then see it mentioned in to show you are watching. It feels great to have understood something in a new language.
The topic of using subtitles or not while viewing to show can be saved for later discussion. For now as you get started, try it both ways’ on for a little while and then off.
Homemade flashcards as a way to get started
I used visual dictionaries to help me make my own flashcards. Obviously one side of to card was my language and to other side was to new vocabulary word in my target language.
I grabbed a 3 x 5 card, and cut it in half because in my mind was saving money, not wasting space on to card, and making it more compact for me to carry around.
When I started I didn’t have a routine or set out to learn so many words in a day or even how often I was going to review them. I just liked making my own cards with words that I had chosen. I used to put them in a sandwich bag and take them with me everywhere I went. Well, not everywhere I would leave them behind if I went to movies or went shopping. But I would take them to work and use them during my breaks.
And actually there is a learning process to using to flashcards. It doesn’t have to be one card after to other constantly going over to same cards that you already now. I have heard of people using colored markers to check off to cards they feel they know for sure and are set aside as a separate study session. Different colors were identified as somewhat know, and definitely know. Basically putting a stripe or check mark on to card that signifies sort of know to card, and then another stripe or check when you definitely know to card. Each type of checked card can be in its own pile.
There are two extremes here
I did chat about a kids’ dictionary to get you started and also watching television in your target language. Two extremes one meant for beginners and another for native speakers. The idea is to just get you started. Check out to dictionary to put words into pictures and check out to shows to explore to language more. You are just getting started and new vocabulary is out there for you. Put to words you want to learn in your flashcards and use them.