Vocabulary Learning: an easy way to memorize new words
Arabic presents some challenges to the beginner trying to learn vocabulary, as both the words and the script are unfamiliar. However, you can use strategies to help yourself. One method recommended for learning vocabulary in new scripts is the use of flashcards. Similar to the method used to teach young children how to read.
Try the following method to learn your vocabulary:
📌 Make a set of small cards, blank on both sides.
📌 Get five envelopes and mark them ‘Day 1’, ‘Day 2’, etc.
📌 Write each Arabic word, with vowels in pencil, on one side of a card and the English on the other:
This is good handwriting practice and will help you remember the word.
✔️ Put each card Arabic side up and say the Arabic aloud. Try to remember what it means. When you’ve finished, shuffle the cards and put them English side up. This time trying to remember the Arabic.
✔️ If you remember a word, move that card to the ‘Day 2’ envelope; if you forget, put it in the ‘Day 1’ envelope.
✔️ Each day, take the cards out of each envelope in turn starting with the highest-numbered envelope and working down to ‘Day 1’. (After you have completed five days you’ll have cards in each envelope.)
✔️ If you forget a card at any point it returns to the ‘Day 1’ envelope.
✔️ Once you can remember a word five days running, you can throw the card away. (Or you could erase the pencil vowel marks and put it back in the ‘Day 1’ envelope.)
✔️ You can add up to 15 words a day to the ‘Day 1’ envelope. How many you add will depend on the progress of the other cards up the sequence of envelopes.
You can adapt the method above for electronic flashcards. The Choice to Speak website has some ready-made online flashcards. In
addition, there are various flashcard websites and downloadable apps that
will allow you to make and sort your own Arabic flashcards.
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