How to Learn Vocabulary
A lot of people ignore vocabulary and focus on grammar. But if you don't
have many words, then you can't say very much. In my opinion, in many
ways, vocabulary is more important than grammar. This is especially true
at the early levels of study.
In order to understand a word, you should try to understand and remember:
Form: This refers to the spelling, pronunciation, and the type of word (noun, verb, etc.)
Meaning: This refers to the mental image. This means you should understand how the word is used in context.
simply, how is the word used? Is the word conversation or is it formal?
Is it more often used orally or written? Is it better for business
correspondence or for emails? These are important questions.
There are many ways to learn the form, meaning, and use. Some ideas work
well. Some ideas don't work so well. Some ideas don't work at all! But
no matter the method, you have to return to the words again and again to
remember them. Try this:
Make you own dictionary.
After every class, look up the words you didn't know. Write these words in your notebook.
Check the form of the word, especially the type of word.
Make your own definition. Don't copy the definition from the dictionary,
because you won't remember the information so well. The definition can
be in English or Japanese.
Make an example sentence with the word.
Review your dictionary every day.
Add a few words every day.