- Pick up any of your favorite writing source for your target language and copy it. For instance, if your target is to improve french vocabulary, then go to any good source and copy the content to your excel, and find repetitions of words using excel.
- Prepare a blank notebook on Evernote (Or Notepad), to keep a record of difficult words, be sure not to keep their definition, because it is important for your brain to make that neuro connection to absorb the meaning.
- Use a good flashcard program like Anki, and space your repetitions, for instance, if you plan to master 10 words every day, revise the words twice a day on the first day, third day and the seventh day. This way, you would imbibe the words deeper into your mind. It never hurts to revise the words once in a while.
- Once you learn any word, be sure to write it, it can be in your journal or anywhere else, this part is important as you can only learn words better if you can make strong connections (as I mentioned in point 3), so the more intense and variety of connections you make, the strong your connections get to that word.
- Try guessing the meanings of words that are in your list – before looking them in the dictionary. If you think more about the word, you might be able to get a good guess at it, and would certainly retain it for a longer period of time. For instance, if you come across a word “agua” in Spanish, before looking up for its meaning (which is water), try to relate it with a similar word, and once you do, you would be able to retain it for a long period of time.
If you leverage technology well, then mastering language vocabulary will get much easier. So, don’t get overwhelmed. instead, get smart and push hard towards your language learning goals.