Learning vocabulary in Spanish is one of the most daunting tasks due to the fact that to learn vocabulary one must memorize words, and there generally aren’t rules to follow like there are with grammar. However, learning vocabulary in Spanish can be done quite easily and without anxiety and frustration by following the tips presented in this article.
Make repetition fun
Repetition is key to learning vocabulary in Spanish. The most common ways to repetitively study vocabulary in Spanish is to make things such as flash cards or read the words over and over. These techniques are effective, but get boring fast and aren’t the best way to learn vocabulary in Spanish. One thing you can do is play a game with a friend, or with a group of friends. If you take Spanish at school, you can play with your classmates. One idea is to play Jeopardy. One person can make the jeopardy game, creating categories such as animals, foods, etc. You can put the English word on the clue cards and the players have to give the correct answer in Spanish. This is a good way to learn vocabulary in Spanish.
Take regular breaks
While learning Spanish vocabulary it is important to take breaks at regular intervals so you don’t get overwhelmed and burned out. It is recommended to take a ten minute break every hour to clear your mind and relax. While you are taking your break, what you studied during the last hour will consolidate and you’ll be more prepared to continue studying without getting frustrated.
Teach other people
One of the best ways to learn vocabulary in Spanish, as well as anything in just about any subject, is to study something and then try to teach what you have learned to another person. It will make you really think about what you studied, and will help you learn and retain a lot more information if you have to get someone else to understand it as well. You can teach Spanish vocabulary to just about anyone: your parents, siblings, anyone. If you study Spanish with a regular group of people, one good idea is to have each person in the group study a specific portion of the vocabulary you want to learn, for example, one person studies animals, one person studies colors, etc. and then you all teach each other the vocabulary you have learned. This learning method is called a “Jigsaw” because everyone in the group has to do a small part and then you all come together to complete the full task.
Studying vocabulary in Spanish can be daunting and frustrating, but only if you make it that way. It can also be a fun thing to share with family and friends, and studying it using the above methods will insure you have fun, learn a lot and don’t get overwhelmed during your Spanish studies. Good luck!