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The best ways to study vocabulary!
( Because just “looking at the list” does not usually cut it.). If you have an alternate website, method or a cool idea I would love to hear it! Let me and all my readers know what you do by postings comment below of what works for you!

Study a little bit each day instead of waiting until right before the quiz!
This helps the words enter your long-term memory – and this is where they need to be so you’ll know the words when you need them in real life (or in later levels of this class).

* Make flash cards and quiz yourself a little each day (from English to German), sorting the words each time into piles of those you know perfectly, those you sort of know, and those you don’t know at all. Quiz yourself extra on those you don’t know as well.

* If you want to go the online route for flash cards you can make FREE flash cards online on websites like http://www.quizlet.com – you can even play word games with the vocab you put in – or even with http://www.byki.com – which offers a free version of their online program

* If you hate making flash cards, be sure to copy the words on your list and their definitions at least once on a sheet of notebook paper (in random, not alphabetical, order) so that you’ve had to practice spelling them at least once, and use this list, not mine, to study.

* If you have trouble remembering how to spell words, write each word out several times. (It’s not fun, but many students say it helps.)

* Go online to the website QUIA to to play memory and other games with words from our chapters! KOMM MIT activities for all levels posted here http://www.quia.com/profiles/iobrien11

* Write example sentences using each word, in German or “Denglisch.” If you like, also draw a cartoon to illustrate each word.

* Make a picture dictionary of your vocabulary words. Draw a little box for each picture, and put the word under it. Cover up the words later and see if you can remember them when you look at the pictures.

With a friend/ classmate / relative / study buddy:

* Quiz each other from English to German – you say the English word out loud and your partner has to say the German word, including its gender / plural / irregular forms.
If he/she doesn’t know it, tell him/her and quiz him/her on it again later.

* Have a spelling bee where you each take turns saying a German word to the other person, who has to write it or spell it out loud. First person to spell the given word wrong is “out.”

* Help each other think of mnemonic devices (memory tricks based on natural or goofy associations with the sound of the word or the way it looks). For example: “Blumen” means flowers, which is similar to the word “blooming” in English; or “fahren” means to drive, so think of someone driving “far.”

* Play “Pictionary,” drawing pictures to represent the vocab words and having the other person guess what word each picture is.

* Play “Hangman” using words from the list so the other person has to spell them to win. (Using German spelling, of course.)


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