Many students struggle to learn and memorize new words. The best way to improve your Spanish vocabulary is to use words in Spanish in your day to day life. You can try to play games online, take quizzes, write little notes or change your the default language on your digital devices and profiles.
Directly from the Spanish Gurus staff, here’s a few tips to improve your Spanish vocabulary:
- Play games online.
Many online games will help you to “kill time” and relax all the while improving your Spanish vocabulary. Memory games are great so that you can memorize a few keywords, but more visual versions will help you associate the word with the right meaning.
- Write little notes in Spanish.
Do you usually leave notes to yourself in your fridge? Do you use postits? Great, so do we. Start writing those little notes in Spanish and force yourself to think of your daily tasks in another language. You can also try to write your shopping list and appointments in Spanish.
- Change your default language.
This may seem like an odd one, but it works. If you change your computer’s (or your phone’s or your email’s, or your social media’s) default language to Spanish, you will see how quickly you can learn ‘inbox’, ‘outbox’, ‘sent’, ‘images’, ‘gallery’, ‘help’, ‘music’, ‘friend’, ‘like’, ‘follow’ and every other thing you have on your devices.
This is a simple exercise that you can do while commuting or waiting for your meal at a restaurant. Look around and think of how you would call things in Spanish. For example, how would you say ‘chair’? And ‘door’? And how would you describe the pair of shoes of your coworker? ‘Building’? ‘Power plug’? This is one of our favorite ways to improve your Spanish vocabulary because you will probably see enough things to learn a new word everyday, but you will also need the same words enough times to memorize them.
- Read labels in Spanish.
Many supermarkets label their products in more than one language. Why not read the ingredients and instructions in Spanish? As crazy as it might seem, imagine how quickly you would improve your fruit vocabulary once you set out to read the labels of juices or yoghurts in Spanish.
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