Learn and Remember Vocabulary in English [+ Free Download]
One of the most common questions I hear is, “How can I learn and remember vocabulary in English — I always forget new words.” Do you have the same question?
The truth is, it’s easy to make some mistakes when learning new vocabulary. Today I want to share an effective strategy to learn and remember vocabulary so you can boost your skills and have more words to express yourself in English.
In this lesson, you’ll get:
- Advice on how to avoid common mistakes for learning vocabulary
- Tips on where and how to learn new words
- My 3-step strategy for how to remember new vocabulary
How to learn and remember vocabulary in English — my favorite strategies.
Top Strategies to Learn and Remember Vocabulary in English
First things first, today is all about how to learn and remember advanced vocabulary but I have one critical piece of advice I want to start with:
Don’t use advanced vocabulary in every sentence. When I hear students use too many high-level words or idioms together, it sounds unnatural and sometimes even a little arrogant. We don’t want that.
Native speakers a mix of simple, common words and more advanced level vocabulary, so don’t throw out words like happy, clean easy, sad, tired or difficult. We love those words!
But I do want to help you expand your vocabulary so you can be flexible in English and have a variety of words you can use at any time.
Now, let’s start first where and how to find and learn advanced vocabulary (then we talk about how to remember what you learn).
You already know that reading and listening to real English (books, newspapers, blogs, podcasts, radio interviews, TV) is a great way to find new words.
Developing the skill to learn words in context is something I love to do with my students so they understand words when they hear and see them.
But I want to share with you a fun strategy you’re probably not using right now…
Be sure to watch my video lesson on how I use a dictionary to find new words and make sure they are the RIGHT words to use.
There are some surprising (and super cool) secrets about using a dictionary.
Now that you’ve got a great place to find and learn new vocabulary, how can you remember them? Here are my 3 steps, plus one essential piece of advice.
Advice: Don’t try to learn 100 new words in 1 day or 1 week.
It just isn’t possible. You’ll get discouraged and give up.
So here are my 3 steps for a more effective strategy to remember new vocabulary:
Step 1: Find the words that are important to you, the words you actually use. Your brain will remember the things that are important.
Step 2: Now that you have a word that’s important to you, your brain wants to find ways to connect it to your real life. Create sentences that are connected to your REAL life. I recommend three. Here’s my example if I want to use more advanced word for ‘hard’ like demanding.
- Learning French was certainly demanding for me but it was worth it.
- At the end of a demanding work week, I love to have a quiet night at home with my husband, a delicious dinner and a glass of wine.
- I try to do at least 1 or 2 demanding workouts every week.
Step 3: The next step is USE them. Do it as much as possible this week. Repetition will ensure that you remember the new words you want to use.
👉 Want the Power Word Guide? Download the 75 Power Words.
Now here’s your challenge for this week.
- Download my guide on 75 Powerful Words to use in English. This goes perfectly with my lesson from last week on How to Avoid Using Very in English.
- Find a word you use often in English. Select a new synonym that you want to learn.
- Create 3 sentences you can use in your real life.
- Share those with me in the comments below. I’d love to help you make sure they’re correct.
Have a fantastic Confident English Wednesday!
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Thanks for the kind comment, Edwin. I’m happy to know my lessons have been so useful to you.
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Hello , thank you for your wonderful lessons to English learners and I would like to write 3 sentences here.
1- Corona virus is very treacherous and everyone should be fastidious from this virus on daily life.
2- I always watch your videos and they are supportive to me learn English .
3I always do not like to be pessimistic person as a friend in my life.
Thanks for sharing 75 powerful words. Here are three sentences for example. 1.I am mortified for my family noise while I’m phoning to someone.2. I was humiliated for the noise whenever I’m joining to zoom meeting.3. Sometimes, I’m ashamed for my careless mistakes.
Thank you so much
Thank you for the 75 powerful words. Here my examples: He gaves a brilliant speech. She has brilliant ideas. They form a group with brilliant students.
Gracias por el documento con las 75 palabras. Me encanta tú metodología
Thank you a lot for help , please send to me link for dictionaries
First, Thanks for sharing the powerful words guide. Here are my 3 example sentences:
Your English lessons are distinctive.
It is unusal to find an English trainer like you on internet.
The engaging nature of your videos is atypical of language training videos.
Hallo Anne-Marie, you are a great teacher.You have a perfect clear pronunciation.I find the idea with the dictionary great.But dictionary.com doesn’t correspond exactly with your example.I didn’t find the numbers of the synonym matching the right word.
Here my three examples with the word APPREHENSIVE
Hopefully Ina doesn’t feel apprehensive, when she is at the doctors.
I felt quite apprehensive when I-took the airplane to Flores .
Everything will be fine, don’t be apprehensive.
Thank you so much. Look forward hearing you again
Yours Elisabeth from Italy
First of all, thanks for the tip about Dicctionary.com which is profitably (=very helpful).
Also, I have downloaded the 75 Powerful Words in English file which is fantastic. Despite I have a long road ahead, I am sure it is going to help me plenty (=a lot).
As you can see I have been trying t follow your pieces of advice about using powerful vocabulary.
I don’t find it so easy to practice your recommendations, I’m not quite sure but I need a context or situation to use different adjectives. I
I don’t find it so easy to practice your recommendations, I’m not quite sure but I need a context or situation to use different adjectives. I understand that some of them can be used in various situations but not always would be the right ones, however, I’ll try to follow your advice.
Adjectives and some verbs are the most challenging words to learn.
Anyway, your blog fantastic as always
I got 75 powerful words.
It is very useful.
Thank you so much, Annemarie.
Awesome! I’m so glad it’s useful. I’d love for you to choose 1 new word and try it in 2-3 sentences. Feel free to share with me here. 🙂
I’m not able to find the link to the 75 Powerful Words to use in English.
What should I do? Can you help me?
Hi Eurico, there should be an option to download the guide at the top of the page.
I can’t find the guid on 75 Powerful Words to use in English.
I want somebody’s help…..
Hi Aki, sorry you’re having trouble, but it sounds like you got it now. 🙂
1. The film was awful.
2. His behavior is awful too.
3. The weather is awful again.
Excellent job with ‘awful’ Rosi. Those sentences all work perfectly. Have you had an opportunity to use this word in your conversations?
I don’t find any way to download the PDF.
The link is at the top of the post.
You may have to open this post on computer instead of cellphone. I had the same problem!
Thanks for helping others, Sherry!! You’re awesome! 🙌
Sorry you’re having trouble. There should be a download option at the top of the page.