- Make your own word box
- Use one card per word, with the English on one side and a translation on the other.
- Test yourself with the cards, sort them into categories, play games with them.
- Find a good basic vocabulary word list, say of about 1 - 2000 words which are sorted according to subject areas.
- Revise 8 words per day regularly. In your mind, try to lock the particular word onto the image of an object (e.g. 'influenza' - think of a person sneezing).
- To practise, randomly pick a number of words and make up a simple, but probably crazy, story using the words. You can do the same with the words in your vocabulary box.
- Have a good general attitude towards words
- Note down all new words.
- 'Fish for language' by going through life with an open eye and attentive ear.
- 'Soliloquize', i.e. translate along in your mind silently
- as you are doing things (as if you were speaking to an imaginary friend by your side)
- as you are listening to the news
- as you watch people doing something
- as you see any object around
- Read aloud to yourself from printed text.
- Increase your exposure to words
- BBC Radio (shortwave world receiver)
- Magazines Newspapers (from UK/USA)
- English-language films on video
- Pop songs (wonderful for vocabulary and grammar!)
- Correspondence with an English native speaker pen-friend