How to learn vocabulary writing stories

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In order to reach fluency, one must know basic essential grammar in a language, and definitely – have a wide vocabulary. In order to talk about basic subjects (restaurant, hotel, airport etc.), it is enough to know 400 most common words in any language. But in the next step one needs to memorize 1000 most common words that cover 75% of our conversations, which will give you possibility to participate in different discussions.

One of the best and proven methods of memorizing vocabulary is learning new words in context. However, writing random sentences for each new word is not always effective.

I recommend to write by pen/pencil on paper, but not in computer.

  1. Write diary using new words.

Definitely, there is not always a place for newly learned word in your diary. Describe each day very detailed, and read it periodically. The more details – the more new words appear in your vocabulary. And you will be able to look back to the days you fixed in diary. If you can’t memorize a word again and again, write its translation above/below the word with tiny letters.

  1. Write your life stories in target language

Do you have a crazy and impressive story from your life? Probably you do, and if you don’t – think deeper. Travel stories, drinking stories, stories from different events, summer stories, vacation stories etc.

  1. Create stories in your target language

What if you have a rich fantasy? What if to write fiction stories in your target language? This option is applicable not for everyone, however you can try. Maybe you will become a fiction writer.

  1. Take notes in your target language

And use new words. It is not always applicable in this way, but when it is possible – let is be. Check out how to immerse yourself in your target language.

  1. Write songs, poems

If you are interested in it. This point is applicable not for everyone. If you like to write songs or poems – try it in your target language.


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