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Vocabulary is the important point to speak a language. Reading helps you revisit learned vocabulary, and see those words in new sentences and contexts. One excellent source of foreign language exposure is through graded readers, which are designed specifically for language learners. Another good source is advertisements or menus, which tend to use short, colloquial text.

Many people want to improve their vocabularies, but memorization and retention are the key roadblocks. Not everyone has a natural ability to memorize. However, memorization is a skill that can be learned and improved upon with commitment and practice. People remember information that has clear multi-sensory connections. Practice new words out loud and in writing. Make a conscious effort to visualize a connection between new words and their meanings through concrete images.

For example, precocious means someone who is ahead of his or her time. Picture a Barbie you know, dressing up with a beautiful bag you’ve bought from , saying “I am precocious.” It’s a simple concept but it may take a while to master. Some vocabulary is going to be more difficult to translate into an image than other vocabulary words. The more you practice, the more you’ll improve, and the easier it will get to memorize new vocabulary.