A rich vocabulary always helps a lot while expressing ourselves. However, we easily forget the new words we learned, or we cannot remember them when we’re speaking. Even the native speakers don’t know all the words in their language. It’s possible live with 3000 words but when you need to be concise, you need advanced words in your pocket.
So, how non-native speakers learn new words? How native ones remember the advanced words?
Our brain has short-term and long-term memories. We need to practice in time periods to save a new information into our long-term memory. But how frequent? Which words? Some words are easy some of them not. What should we do?
There are tones of websites and applications serve well for vocabulary improvement. For example;
- At Ororo.tv, you can watch movies with subtitles and save the words while watching it. Very useful, but you need to pay and your words are stored there.
- At Vocabulary.com, you can create your own lists and study new words. This is also not free.
- At Cambridge.org, dictionary is perfect but creating word lists are not useful.
We can an give many more examples. Some of them are really good but not free, some of them are not customizable enough. Which is the best? This is a subjective question and my answer is:
- Synchronizes at all devices, desktop, mobile phones, web etc.
- Free and open source
- Extremely customizable
- It’s possible to add images or sounds.
- Uses Spaced Repetition method which is very effective.
- You can use it for any purpose, not only for languages.
- Sharing and importing word lists
- LaTeX support
Yeah, it’s pretty nice. Just add your words and study when you have time.
Here is my template with several definitions, synonyms, translation fields image and sound. You can find it here. Just download to your mobile phone or computer and open it with Anki.
- If you need pronunciations in mp3 format. Here is useful.
- Cambridge dictionary is very good.
- For sentence examples, check here.
Create your own decks and study. That’s all.