This section gives you lots of advice and ideas on how you can learn new words. When you’re learning a new language it’s really important to keep learning new words to improve your vocabulary. When you learn new words you need to try and use them as soon as you can so they will become part of your active vocabulary. We need to see a new word at least five times before we are able to use it correctly. There are lots of opportunities on this website to learn new words, and by writing comments on the site you can put your new vocabulary into practice.

Don't forget to use the Vocabulary exercises section on our website to help you learn new words. Also, reading and listening to as much English as possible will help to improve your vocabulary.

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Have you got any tips on how to learn new words?


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free4ride 31 August, 2016 - 09:40

the best way for me is to learn words from tv shows and after that watch them with subtitles.
Anyway, try to learn at least 1 new word daily. after 2-3 months you will see the difference!

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gianggiang 9 April, 2016 - 15:37

When I meet a new word I try to see, write, pronunce it at least 21 times.
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KseniaT 6 September, 2015 - 19:07

Hi! I don't like learn new words,but I must learn new words to improve my vocabulary.I'll read English books,watching TV and listen music.After this post I will use cards with words.

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anna_m 6 September, 2015 - 15:38

Hi, everybody!
I do not like to learn new words but I try to do that at least once in mounth.Films and music help me in this thing.But after this post I will use cards witn words too.I like this idea!

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irinamozol 6 September, 2015 - 15:04

I listening to music and speak english)
My ideas:
write the words in a notebook)
use the words in your own speaking or writing)

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123Sasha456 6 September, 2015 - 11:03

To know English well, you must know enough words.It 's a great program Memrise,that can help you , as well as read books, watch movies, and in studying of words is important visual memory!Good Luck!))

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Veron 5 September, 2015 - 10:24

I love listening to musik so it's great tip to learn new word. Also I make a list of words and read them a lot of times. It really works.

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colorfulife 5 September, 2015 - 08:00

Hi everybody!
I've thought lerning new words is veryry bored and it was. But now I perceive it like a chalange. I note the words and their translation in two columns and start reading and replying them. Also I use special app to improve vocabulary like LinguaLeo or Duolingo. They are really helpful!

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JuliaGlu 4 September, 2015 - 15:00

I use some apps for learning new words and it helps, actually. You can also learn words by watching movies and reading books.

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Sportycoffeeforever 28 March, 2014 - 16:49

All the tips are really great and helpfull in memorizing words! But you know what? There is one more very effective and easy way. You write new words on sheets of paper in such a way-an English word on one side and its translation on the another, put them into your left pocket then...go for a walk. While walking you take these cards out of your pocket and look trough them at the side of their translation. If you know the English word, put the card into your right pocket.If not- turn it up and try to memorize it but leave it there, in your left one. And so on-one by one... You can do it both walking alone or in the company of your friends. Any time,any place,anywhere. A nice walkies!!!

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Sportycoffeeforever 28 March, 2014 - 16:02

Hi, Jonathan! Will you be so kind to tell me if it's correct to say " only you" in oral speach?
Best wishes.Nellya.

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Jonathan - Coordinator's picture
Jonathan - Coor... 30 March, 2014 - 04:31

Hi! Sure. To answer your question, yes, that sounds perfectly fine. Where did you see or hear that? I also wanted to say that I like your tip for learning words with word cards! I think testing yourself is a really good way to learn and improve your memory. When you have a few moments when you're not busy, such as when you're walking from home to school or the bus stop, that's a great time to revise some words you have learnt with word cards. Thanks for your question and for sharing your tips :-)
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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beauty_black 7 January, 2014 - 15:50

Thank you, Jonathan! I like very much this site. I find it very interesting . I really want to improve my English!
If I make mistakes, please tell me!

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Demy 16 April, 2013 - 18:16

Hi ;)
I think, that it's no use learning a list of new words. Instead, when you find a new word, you should learn the whole sentence it appears in. Don't learn the word in isolation, learn the word in context. You'll find it easier to remember the word and how to use it by remembering an example sentence. Write the phrase down in a notebook. Make your own mini-dictionary of new words and refer to it whenever possible. Try to use the new word in conversation or when speaking.
Once you have chosen which words to learn, you next have to decide how you are going to learn them. Here are a few my ideas:
1)write the words in a notebook (with their translations or definitions)
2)write the words and definitions on small cards
3)say the words many times (if you have an electronic dictionary you can hear how the word is pronounced)
4)put the words into different groups (you could use a graphic organiser)
5)write them in a file for use with a computer program
6)make associations (in pictures or with other words)
7)ask someone to test you
8)use the words in your own speaking or writing

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Jonathan - Coor... 17 April, 2013 - 06:31

You're right, it's really important to learn the words in a sentence. Then you can see how to use it too, and which words go together with it. Demy, thanks for these super tips! A question for you - which ones do you find most effective? What's your top 3? I like 1, 3 and 8. Can anyone else add any tips to this great list?

For me, I like to substitute words and make more sentences. For example, if I learn this: This is the best sandwich I've ever eaten! I think of other words I can change best for (This is the biggest / most expensive / worst / tastiest sandwich I've ever eaten). I can also change more words and make more sentences (This is the most exciting film I've ever seen.)

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Demy 17 April, 2013 - 12:57

Hi, Jonathan :) I am glad that you like my tips :) Thanks for your advice it's very useful for me. I try to use more words like it and it's make speach of any person more saturated, bright and lively.
So I concider that most effective, as for my opinion it's make association. I said it from my own small experience about learning English. My native languages are Russian and Ukrainian and English it's different language from them. So when I hear English word and I often try to associate it with Russian or Ukrainian. Some English worlds sounds a little funny for me and my friends, but if Britain people hear Russian, I know that they are smiling all day without stop ;)
Also I often use the words in your own speaking or writing. It is an unforgettable experience and it does not replace anything. Unfortunately not all people have the opportunity to go to England, but that there is the Internet. I also was not in England but was lucky to talk with British people and it helped me a lot because I have known in English except hi and bye. With the help of communication, I learned Greek from scratch in just 3 months. I hope my advice will be helpful for someone ;)

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June 16 April, 2013 - 16:58

I find it really difficult to learn new words at school. At school, my teachers write down the new words with our mother tongue meaning on the board then we copy them and learn by heart. In fact, I can learn them quickly. However, I can't remember them when I need to use them and I don't know how to use them correctly. But magically, I can remember many words that I listened on TV. Then I discovered that we should put the new words in different situations to use them effectively. I love watching Wizards of Waverly Place, The Suite Life on Deck, Good luck Charlie... I think these films are suitable for teenagers.
Another tips to learn new words is writing them in pieces of small paper and sticking them everywhere in the house so that we can learn them any time and anywhere.
>> I hope these tips will help you widen your vocabulary. Also, I'm very sorry if my comment has a lot of mistakes. I'm still improving my writing skill.

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Jonathan - Coor... 16 April, 2013 - 18:04

Hi June! I think your tips are great, especially the one about writing new words on small pieces of paper. I really like that idea. Maybe you can use sticky post-it notes for that. Thanks so much for sharing your tips!
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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