I usually spend a lot of time learning new words. It is very difficult to keep them in my brain. I prefer watching cartoons and CNN news (sometimes with subtitles).

But, anyway, my listening and speaking skills are horrible. How do people memorize words? I'm nervous, because I'm going to visit Europe, and I'm worried teachers won't understand me. :(

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  • Welcome to the site! I'm sorry, I think this is off-topic for us here, partly because this is a language learning question, rather than a question about English itself, and this site here is the one for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. And partly because this is really more about memorisation and language learning generally, than it is about learning English specifically – Au101 Jul 2 '16 at 20:36
  • I can't remember names unless I write them down. You have to experiment with what works for you. Maybe writing a word down, maybe saying it aloud, maybe a combination....Also, focus on the words you will need. You can't possibly memorize everything you hear, so be selective. – ab2 Jul 2 '16 at 20:52
  • Going to Eutope from where? And speaking what language while you're there? Elementary tips: flash cards, find sentences in context for the vocab item that are meaningful. Eg not 'the dress was scarlet' but 'the dress was as scarlet as a blushing boiled lobster' – Mitch Jul 2 '16 at 20:55
  • I use my mobile phone to keep my new words as a document which reminds me a dictionary with translation but I suppose, it doesn't help me... – user183594 Jul 2 '16 at 20:58
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    I'd recommend a site called quizlet.com. You can create your own digital flash cards and study them in a variety of ways. Most features are entirely free to use. There are some enhanced audio features that could help with your listening/speaking skills for only $14.99 a year, so it's a pretty affordable option. I used the site throughout high school and college when learning Spanish. – vpn Jul 2 '16 at 23:24

1: Watch movies

2: Have a vocabulary book where you have keep updating it by adding new vocabulary. and every couple of days go through this book.

3: Try to use the new words

4: Add visuals to your learning

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