How to Remember English Vocabulary

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2022-02-22・ 5952

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One of the most frustrating things about learning English is when you know a word the day you learn it, and then a few days later, in an English conversation, you forget it. In this English lesson I'll give you some good solid tips on how to remember English vocabulary after the first time you learn it. Using these tips, you'll be able to not only learn lots of new words and phrases, but you'll be able to remember them the next time you need to! There are several strategies that will help you remember a word. One is to practice on multiple days, another is to make sure you use reading, writing, listening, and speaking as you learn words and phrases so you engage all of your senses. In this lesson I'll explain both of those techniques, and more! In this lesson I'll give you a total of six strategies. If you follow all of them I guarantee you'll be able to remember English vocabulary way better! I hope you enjoy this English class on how to remember English vocabulary! Have a great day! βŒ› Remember: Always watch the video three times. Twice today with English subtitles on, and once tomorrow with the English subtitles off. This will reinforce the English you have learned! -- βœ… This video was edited by Ember Productions: https://audreyember.com Thanks Audrey! -- βœ… Support Me and Get These Members Only Perks: πŸ˜€πŸ’² If you would like to become a member of my channel here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join Becoming a member at every level has these benefits and perks: 1) For 10 minutes during each live stream you will be able to participate in the "Members Only" chat. 2) A cool crown beside your name during live streams and when making comments on videos. 3) Your name in green during live stream lesson chat. 4) You will have access to a members only video each Wednesday called, "Wednesdays with Bob". These are behind the scenes bonus videos with full English transcripts for your listening practice. 5) A full transcript for every Tuesday video. βœ… Join now to receive these perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZJJTxA36ZPNTJ1WFIByaeA/join I really appreciate those you that have chosen to thank me in this way! Please only support me if you can afford it! If you prefer to support me via Patreon, here is a link to that page: https://www.patreon.com/bobthecanadian Thank you for your generosity! -- βœ…SEND ME A POSTCARD: Bob the Canadian P.O. Box 419 Smithville, Ontario Canada L0R2A0 -- TAKE YOUR ENGLISH CONVERSATIONS TO THE NEXT LEVEL: βœ…Talk to a real English tutor / teacher at preply: http://tracking.preply.com/SH2X (This is an affiliate, signing up for this service helps support my channel). -- FOLLOW ME: βœ… I have a second Youtube channel right here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW5tmKIBrryNf5n-_A6Fmw βœ… P.S. If you are interested I have created a podcast of my shorter English lessons. It is right here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1310116 -- #englishlesson #learnenglish #bobthecanadian **Note: All images used under: CC0 License βœ“ Free for personal and commercial use βœ“ No attribution required From pexels.com or pixabay.com

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Ugh, I got it wrong again.
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Have you ever noticed
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that when you're trying to learn vocabulary,
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it kind of goes in one ear, and out the other?
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In English, we have that weird little saying,
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in one ear and out the other,
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when we talk about things that are hard to remember.
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I mean you look at your vocabulary list one day,
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and then the next day
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when you're having an English conversation,
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the words aren't in your brain anymore,
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and you don't know where they went.
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Well, in this English lesson,
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I'm going to give you a few tips,
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a few strategies and techniques that you could use
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when you're studying English vocabulary,
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so that you'll definitely remember it.
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One really effective strategy
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for learning English vocabulary
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is to study the vocabulary on multiple days.
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I know it seems really straightforward to learn a word,
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and think you know it, and then walk away.
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But the brain is wired in a way
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where when you study something on multiple days,
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you're more likely to remember it.
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So if you learn some English vocabulary on a Monday,
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make sure you review it on a Tuesday.
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Make sure you sit down on a Friday
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to look at it one more time,
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and then a whole week later, sit down again,
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and just make sure you actually know it.
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For some reason when you do this,
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it's not just the repetition that helps,
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although that's a good idea.
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It's also the distance between the repetitions
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that helps a lot.
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The other thing you can do is this.
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If you are, for instance, making flashcards,
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and you learn the word on a Monday,
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and you have trouble with it on the Tuesday,
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and you have trouble with it a whole week later,
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add that flashcard that you've made, that vocabulary word,
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into the next set of vocabulary that you're learning.
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And then try to practice it a few more times.
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So the number one technique, the first technique,
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make sure you're studying your vocabulary on multiple days,
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and adding some time between each study period.
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Another thing you can do when learning English vocabulary
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that will help you remember it
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involves using a multi-mode approach to learning it.
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What do I mean by that?
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Well, when you learn a new vocabulary word,
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you should read the word.
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You should hear the word, you should write the word,
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and you should say the word.
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So similar to practicing on multiple days,
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we have have multiple modes
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that you should be studying as well.
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It's just a really good idea
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to engage all of the senses when you're learning vocabulary.
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So don't just read it and write it.
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Make sure you read it.
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Make sure you hear it somewhere.
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By the way, the website, youglish.com,
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it's a very handy way to hear English speakers
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pronounce words with different English accents.
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So make sure you read it, make sure you hear it.
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Make sure you write it,
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and make sure you spend some time saying it.
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If you're meeting with an English conversation partner
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each week, this would be a good time
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to practice the new vocabulary when you're talking to them.
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So you'll get an opportunity to say those words out loud.
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So the second thing you should do,
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make sure you're practicing using all the different modes
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of learning a language.
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Make sure you're reading it.
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Make sure you're writing it.
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Make sure you're hearing it, and make sure you're saying it.
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Another great technique for remembering vocabulary
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is to make sure you use the word immediately,
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that you use the word multiple times,
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and you use it in a way that connects it
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to other vocabulary.
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Here's a great example.
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Let's say you just learned the word dog.
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I know you all know the word dog, but it's just the example.
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If you just learn the word dog,
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you would write the word dog on a piece of paper,
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draw a picture of the dog,
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write a sentence like the man walked his dog,
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or I like dogs, or I like dogs, but I don't like cats.
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The more you can kind of riff on the word,
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when you riff on something,
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it means you connect different ideas to it.
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The more you do that,
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the more you draw and create sentences,
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and connect that word to previous words that you've learned,
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the better you'll be able to remember it later
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in an English conversation,
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or when you're writing something in English.
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So do that, create maybe a word web,
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put dog in the middle, and draw some arrows.
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Draw a picture of a dog at the end of one arrow,
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draw a picture of a cat with an X on it at the other,
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at the end of another arrow.
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I do like cats by the way,
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but just in case maybe you prefer dogs or cats,
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maybe you would do that.
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But create maybe a web of information around the word dog,
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put a picture of a man walking his dog,
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and write the man is walking his dog below it.
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Again, the more you can connect that new word
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to other English words you have already learned,
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the better you'll be able to remember it, so try that one.
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The fourth thing you can try, and this is really important,
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once your English is at a certain level, and that is this.
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You should start to distance yourself
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from your own language.
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So don't write the word dog in English,
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and then write the word dog in your own language.
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Try to write the new vocabulary,
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and then write a definition in English.
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The sooner you can start to distance yourself
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from your own language with your English learning,
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the better you'll be able to learn,
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and remember new words in English.
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Because if you write dog,
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and then you write dog in your own language,
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you've only really learned the word dog,
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but if you write dog,
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and then you write a small four-legged animal
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that is very friendly, and often lives with humans,
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you have used a whole bunch of other English words
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as you were writing the meaning of the word dog.
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So it's very important
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if you want to remember English vocabulary,
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that you start to define each word you learn
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using an English sentence.
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It'll just help you a ton.
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Now I know earlier I said
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that you should practice the word on multiple days,
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but this next idea involves having a word of the day,
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or a word of the hour, or a word of the morning.
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When you do this, what you do is you choose a word,
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and you focus on that word
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for an entire hour while you're doing other things.
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Maybe while you're doing the dishes or driving,
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you think about this word for an entire hour,
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or 30 minutes, or the whole morning,
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half a day, a whole day,
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depending on how many words you want to learn in a day.
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So I know it kind of goes against what I said earlier,
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but if you can deeply focus on one word
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for an extended period of time, for 30 minutes,
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or an hour, or a whole morning,
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you will definitely have a much better chance
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of remembering it.
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And lastly, and this will be no mystery to any of you.
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One of the best things to do
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when learning new vocabulary is to use repetition.
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The more you can say a word 10 times in a row,
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or write it out 20 times,
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or find a song that has some of your vocabulary words in it,
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and listen to it 10 times throughout the day,
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anytime you can incorporate repetition
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into your learning of vocabulary,
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your brain just has a much better chance of remembering it.
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Anyways, thank you so much
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for watching this little English lesson.
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I hope some of these techniques will help you
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remember your new English vocabulary as you learn it.
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