How to Keep Vocabulary Records

Learning vocabulary is a key part of learning any language, including your own language. To learn new words easily, it helps if you keep good vocabulary records.


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    Buy a notebook. If it is small, it will be easier to carry around with you and you can write down new words at anytime.
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    Try to record vocabulary in groups. Some example groups are: subject topics (e.g. types of food), synonyms (similar words), antonyms (opposites) and words with a similar sound or spelling (e.g. tough, rough).
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    Use a mind map to record the new words. Start with the main topic in the centre and then write connected words on lines branching out from the centre.
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    You can also use linear notes to record new words. Write the topic at the top of the page and then record related words below. For an example of linear notes see source links.
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    Record the meaning of each new word. You can draw a picture, write a definition, write a similar word, or, if it is a foreign word, you can write a translation.
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    Keep adding new words. Add new words to your mind maps and to your linear notes regularly. Create new pages for new groups of words.
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    Review your words frequently. It is easy to forget what you have learnt if you don't revise it. Try to look at your notes at least every week.


  • Try to record the vocabulary by using your own voice and listen to them every morning.
  • Use lots of colour in your notes to make your vocabulary easier to remember.

Things You'll Need

  • A small notebook.
  • Coloured pens and pencils.

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