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How to improve your vocabulary using what you already know!

There is a great deal of information on the internet about the best methods of improving your vocabulary, but how do you select the most appropriate method of learning new words? What you need to remember is that everyone has their own way of Learning and you need to work out how you personally learn best. An important aspect of language acquisition is CONSISTENCY, you must introduce new words and recycle them frequently to consolidate them. Also, you should use various methods so that Learning is both varied and fun.

What no language learning method can take away is the importance of effort and motivation, it can be really hard work at times but the rewards are limitless.

The newest trend in language learning is CHUNKING! Instead of focusing on individual words, learners should group new words into phrases of 3-4 words and then use them in a variety of ways so that they can be applied to numerous contexts. This method was sited by Michel Thomas (an austrian language expert) who created ground breaking methods of learning vocabulary in a way which allows the learner to manipulte language and create their own sentences based on an intricate understanding of how language works.

 

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For example:

Tener ganas de – be eager (infinitive)

I am eager to go on holiday

Estar a punto de – be just about to

I was just about to say that

Simpre que – as long as

I will go to the party as long as you come with me

Para que – so that

I worked a lot so that I could go home early

Con el fin de – in order to

I am going to study in order to pass the exam

En cuanto/tan pronto como – as soon as

As soon as I met you I was in love

Para cuando – by the time

By the time I was home, the dinner was ready

 

The steps to success with chunking:

1. Identify what you wish to learn

2. Form various phrases with them

3. Apply them to several contexts

4. Recall and recycle them frequently

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Mucha es la información en Internet sobre los mejores métodos para aumenta la eficacia del aprendizaje de vocabulario nuevo en la adquisición de un idioma, ¿pero como sabes que es de fiar o no? Hemos escrito una entrada anteriormente sobre 28. Vocabulary Tricks – Useful advice to learn new vocabulary. Lo que hay que recordar es que cada persona tiene sus maneras de estudiar y sus pautas de estudio. La clave es variar la manera de INTRODUCIR y RECICLAR vocabulario de una forma amena y entretenida. Hay múltiples maneras de aprender y hay que hallar lo que te funciona a ti.

Lo que debes hacer es centrarte en lo que necesitas saber y dedicar el tiempo necesario para aprenderlo. Es una frase que muchos profesores evitan en el proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje es TRABAJO DURO. En el proceso de aprendizaje es imposible evitarlo. Lo importante es no aburrirte durante el proceso.

Lo ultimo en el aprendizaje de vocabulario nuevo es CHUNKING. De esta forma, no nos cuesta aprender palabras y frases sueltas. La idea es juntar palabras en frases cortas de 3-4 palabras que se puede mezclar con otras frases para poder formar frases nuevas. Este es un método citado por Michel Thomas (experto en idiomas). Lo importante es saber construir tus propias oraciones a base de recursos aprendido poco a poco. Es importante empezar con las frases que vas a usar con más frecuencia. Una buena forma es empezar con algo como like this/that = así… Hay que formar frases como I learn new words like this

 

For example:

Tener ganas de – be eager (infinitive)

I am eager to go on holiday

Estar a punto de – be just about to

I was just about to say that

Simpre que – as long as

I will go to the party as long as you come with me

Para que – so that

I worked a lot so that I could go home early

Con el fin de – in order to

I am going to study in order to pass the exam

En cuanto/tan pronto como – as soon as

As soon as I met you I was in love

Para cuando – by the time

By the time I was home, the dinner was ready

 

Los pasos para empezar CHUNKING son:

  1. identificar lo que quieres aprender
  2. empezar a formar frases cortas
  3. usar las frases de varias maneras
  4. reciclar y cambiar las frases para consolidarlas

 

Para un curso completo de preparacion de los examenes B1, B2 and C1 de Cambridge Exam English mira WWW.APPF.ES

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Luego hay más actividades que suponen algún tipo de reto. Un ejemplo de ejercicio para mejorar WORD PATTERNS es llenar huecos para formar preguntas y luego hablar usándolas.

 

LLENA LOS HUECOS CON ON, OFF, OF, IN, ABOUT, WITH, AT, AROUND, FOR ETC.

  1. Are you fed up ____ not travelling whenever you want?
  2. Have you ever been accused ____ being foreign in your own country?
  3. Are you keen ____ getting away in summer?
  4. Are you crazy ____ learning foreign languages?
  5. Would you be worried ____ language use if you lived abroad?
  6. Are you awesome ____ choosing holiday locations?
  7. Which other city reminds you ____ your home town?
  8. What do you normally spend your money ____ while on holiday?
  9. Would you be interested ____ living abroad?
  10. What does your choice of holiday destination depend ____?

 

ANSWERS

  1. WITH/OF
  2. OF
  3. ON
  4. ABOUT
  5. ABOUT
  6. AT
  7. OF
  8. ON
  9. IN
  10. ON

 

Para aumentar tu vocabulario igual debes hacer referencia a las siguientes entradas

LAS 100 PALABRAS MÁS FRECUENTES EN EL INGLÉS – WWW.APPF.ES,  

FALSE FRIENDS EN INGLÉS – WWW.APPF.ES

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