i need help on memorizing vocabulary more effectively, thanks
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Buy used English books (novels are very good for developing your vocabulary, grammar, etc). Used because they are cheaper, and because you want to write on them.

Look for editions with large margins (about 1inch around the text). Write down the translation of unknown words on those margins, and read every day the words picked up the preceding day.

At the end of a book, go through all the pages and read again those words.

Or write down all new words in a notebook and read them everyday.

There are no shortcuts.
help on memorizing vocabulary more effectively

There is some research to support the idea that memorizing related words, especially opposites, at the same time, is more effective than memorizing words randomly.

For example, learn big and small, open and closed, clean and dirty, same and different, before and after, freeze and thaw, work, play, and rest, buy, sell, and pay, read and write, full and empty, etc. at the same time.
Learn spring, summer, fall, and winter at the same time.
Learn see, hear, smell, taste, and feel at the same time.

There is also evidence that learning begins with a knowledge of "intermediate-level" concepts representing ordinary objects (chair, table) and proceeds up the hierarchy (to furniture) and down the hierarchy (to legs of a chair, or arms of a chair) later.

Learning groups of words that are related through derivation might also be useful, but for some students it is a source of confusion, so you need to be careful about that. (institution, constitution, restitution)

Memorizing vocabulary is probably not a good idea, however, if by memorization you mean sitting down to a list of 100 words and deciding that at the end of the day you will be able to produce translations of each in your native language. You have to use a word in a meaningful way in writing and/or spontaneous conversation about 400 times before its "yours"! So be patient!

CJ
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I really like what CalifJim said. In addition, I think that learning synonyms (words that mean the same or almost the same thing) is very good for building your vocabulary.

Some examples:

big and large

nice and pleasant

stupid and dumb

wonderful and fantastic

You get the idea.Emotion: smile
Try finding a hook in each word you want to memorize, which will strike your memory when you come across the word....

For an example.. take the word "cache"

This word actually means a hiding place..

The hook for this word could be "cash" (sounding similar to cache). What do people do when they have lots of money(cash) ? .. they hide it to protest it from burglars..

so when you come across "cache" it will remaind you of "cash" and ultimately "hiding place"

Over a period of time you will forget the hook and the word will remian in your memory.

This technique is working for me..try it

Regrds,

Nivas

Chennai
Nivas, what you are descibing are mnemonics, and I have also found them extremely helpful. I would recommend this method too.
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Aloof, what is your nationality?
Before the end of the day, I have to memorize these spelling words --------->
1. Central Nervous System

2. Cortex

3. Occipital lobe

4. Parietal lobe

5. Synapse

6. Neuron

7. Hemisphere

8. Dendrite

9. Frontal lobe

10. Sulci

11. Gyri

12. Temporal lobe, Any tips?
hi, iam also have a problem in memorizing the vocab but i know what aloof means it means "far away" its from the SAT vocabulary.try the method of navis its very good but the probelm that it is hard to find relative meanings for the other words like what he did for cache
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