Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Make Your Own Dictionary to Help Yourself to Learn a Foreign Language Faster Than Ever

Make Your Own Personal Dictionary

If you can get your hands on a dictionary, a bilingual one or a target language only dictionary, you’ll be in the clover when learning English or another foreign language. Be sure to highlight new words you need from reading through a short target language magazine or newspaper article. Or you can make handy little flashcards with today’s group of words on one side and their meanings in English (or your Mother tongue) on the other side. Tuck a few of these in your pocket or purse to quickly refer to as you go through the day’s activities. You’ll pick up essential vocabulary on a daily basis. In scant weeks you’ll be using your flashcards less and less as you internalize the new vocabulary. When the first batch is “learned”, start another batch.

Remember, they say that you can never be too rich, too thin or have enough foreign language vocabulary.

Foreign language learner and British ex-pat Kate Peckitt now living and teaching in New Zealand relates, “When I was trying to learn Finnish it was just so different. I started making up one of those little spiral-bound note pads with new words and phrases from everywhere – from street signs to supermarket and store aisle labels, names and just anything I ran across in the course of my day.”

Be sure to include frequently-used phrases and useful sentences on your vocabulary flashcards too. Write grocery lists, appointments, diary entries, to-do lists and reminder notes in your new language. Keep at it. “Slow and steady always wins the race”, as Self-Improvement Guru Anthony Robbins quotes adding, “Most people over estimate what they can do in a year and they under-estimate what they can achieve in a decade or even a lifetime.”

He adds, “Most New Year’s resolutions fail because people tend to want to do it all overnight.”

Remember the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare? The key to success is taking small, but frequent and consistent steps.

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Anonymous said...

It's a good idea to take advantage of a dynamical use of the dicctionary by creating the oneself one; this way allows peolpe to learn exactly what they want or need.
I use to say that dictionary marriage and unions are somethig similar because are useful but you can't depend on them; but with this idea of a dynamical personal dictionry it should be not like marriage or union but a friend or source of learning.
Thanks a lot.

Julio Tulande said...

I think having a dictionary is an essential part of language learning and it should be a requirement for any language course that you start.
Of course, beginning your own pocket dictionary is a great tool and it gives you an opportunity to
increase your vocabulary and become more independent on your learning and develop your learning styles.
Besides, for any person who wants to learn a foreign language having suffiecient vocabulary is mandatory and therefore everything that helps you achieve this goal must be encouraged.

Gladys Arboleda said...

To create our own dictionary is a very useful tool for learning English, especially at school. As teachers, if we train the students in the habit of outfighting and writing the new words from readings or any place they find them, they surely will get the opportunity to increase their vocabulary by their own way and will probably have more advantage to exercise their brain in the acquisition of knowledge. When the vocabulary is fixed in handy flash cards with pictures and meaning in the student’s mother tongue, you can use this pedagogic material in fun activities as games or puzzles that let students to learn English in joyful way