This basic Arabic grammar course, consisting of ten Arabic lessons and accompanying course materials, follows on from the course Reading and Writing the Arabic script. Lesson 1 covers forming basic nominal sentences.
We also show you how to learn new words…so that you never forget them again. We’ll be releasing a whole new series soon on this topic revealing a powerful system to systematically review words so that you never forget them again. And we will also reveal 2 FREE software programs that automate the whole process for you.
Learning a new language is a fun and exciting process. And if you want to develop your skills rapidly…you must focus on learning new vocabulary words as soon as possible. But just learning language vocabulary randomly isn’t enough to guarantee your success. So, make sure to implement these seven steps to increase your vocabulary.
Step #1: Develop The Right Mindset
The very first thing you need to do is develop the right mindset to increase your vocabulary and learn a new language. This is very important. Before you even begin, you need to believe in yourself. If you don’t you are going to end up sabotaging your success.
You’ve probably heard the old saying “If You Think You Can…You Are Right”. And the opposite is also true. “If you think you can’t…You Are Also Right.”
But the fact is…you can learn a new language. The fact that you already learned your mother-tongue proves that you have all the skills and abilities that you need to learn a second, a third, and as many other languages as you want.
Step #2: Set Clear, Concrete Goals
The next thing you need to do is set clear, concrete goals. You need to understand why you are learning the language. You need to write down your ultimate objective…in other words what you are setting out to accomplish.
And by writing it down on paper, you are declaring to yourself how much language vocabulary you are going to learn and in how much time. So, you need to set a timeframe. Otherwise it is just a wish, something that you are thinking about, but it’s not a goal until you define a timeframe to accomplish it in.
Step #3: Create An Action Plan
Then you need create an action plan to achieve you ultimate objection…your final goal. So write down what you need to do to make that happen. There are several ways to develop plans.
There is one very useful technique called a ‘Backward Plan’ where you will start with the last thing you want to accomplish. Then you will list out each of things you need to do before that in reverse order for that to happen.
So, write down each action that you will need to take one-by-one on a piece of paper. Then you can choose your milestones. From this list, you will choose your short, mid, and long-term goals.
Step #4: Learn ‘Learning Strategies’
Now that you know what your goals are, you can learn some ‘learning strategies’ like the Association & Visualization Method where you basically substitute words for each sound of the word that you are learning. Then you create vivid mental images so that you can associate the images together as in the ‘Keyword Method’.
There are several methods like the link method and the peg method, but the keyword method of learning is very useful and effect for mastering new vocabulary words.
Step #5: Implement Tactics
After that, you can implement learning tactics to make sure you reach your goals. You can observe other language students to find out what they are doing. Then test & try different the different vocabulary learning ideas to see how they work.
This way you can find what works best for you. There are lots of ways to learn a new language. I’ve counted over 90 ways to learn and practice your language skills. And there are probably even more than that.
Obviously you won’t be able to apply them all, but test them and see which work best for you to help you reach your vocabulary goals. Then begin to apply them on a consistent basis.
Step #6: Develop A Routine
It is important to develop a consistent routine to create positive habits. If you only do something once or twice, it won’t make much difference in your vocabulary learning.
But if you do it over and over, it will become a powerful force that can change your life and bring about the language learning results you desire almost automatically without even thinking about it.
So, begin to set aside specific times to study the language and increase your vocabulary. It can be in the morning, at lunchtime, at night…or whenever it’s best for you. But begin to set aside that time you need to study and implement these strategies and tactics to reach your goals.
Also, make sure that you review your goals often. Each day remind yourself of what it is that you are trying to accomplish and why. Then create a list of the things you need to do or study in the language to bring you closer to your vocabulary goals.
Step #7: Celebrate Your Victories
When you reach your goal, make sure to celebrate your victories. Throw yourself a party. Pat yourself on the back. Get excited about your language learning accomplishments.
Then go ahead and review what you did as well as evaluate your progress. That way you can set new goals & targets to take your skills to the next level.
There are many ways to learn and practice a new language online. And as you probably already know, learning new vocabulary is essential to your development in the language. Learning new vocabulary is one of the fastest ways to develop your language fluency and proficiency.
Idea #1: Read And Listen A Lot
If you want to learn and improve your vocabulary, one of the fastest ways to do that is by reading a lot or listening to the language. You learn new words through these passive activities.
You don’t learn new words by speaking or writing. These are active abilities that you need to develop, but they only allow you to practice what you already know.
Reading and listening to new words in context allows you to see how they are used. That way you can understand what they mean and grasp them implicitly…without having to look every word up in the dictionary.
Idea #2: Write New Words Down
This is important because you forget the words if you don’t review them often. This is an area that bothers many language students. They learn a new word and then soon forget it.
You can avoid this problem by writing the words down on flashcards or in a phrasebook that you can carry around with you to review in your spare moments throughout the day.
If you are a little more sophisticated, you can use your computer or cell phone to keep track of the new words that you are learning as well.
Idea #3: Make Sentences With Them
Take each of your words and write out complete sentences that you can practice throughout the day. Try creating various sentences while you play around with the new word and discover how it is used.
Use these new words throughout the day as often as you can when talking with other language students or native speakers. The more you use these words the more comfortable you will feel about using them.
Idea #4: Connect The Dots
You can become a vocabulary detective. Go looking for new words and find them all around you. When you come across a new word, try to discover what it means. You can use clues from the word itself, like prefixes, suffixes, or the root of the word to find out what it means.
You can also use the clues from the contexts to find out what it means as well. As you do this, map out the word and compare it to similar words that have the same meaning. Also, try to come up with other words that mean the exact opposite.
Idea #5: Associate The Words
When you learn new words, break them down and associate them with something you already know through an Association & Visualization Technique like the ‘Keyword Method’.
Break the word down and substitute the sounds. Create vivid visualizations of those substitutions that you come up with. Associate those substitute sounds with the original sounds so that you remember them easier.
Idea #6: Review Words Learned at Specific Intervals
Set aside time to review your words on a frequent basis. You will frequently come across the most common words in English. So, you don’t necessarily have to review these during your study time. Just look for them when you read books or come in contact with the language.
Other words that aren’t as frequent, however, do need to be reviewed and recycled from time to time. A great tool to use in this case is an SRS – a Spaced Repetition System. This is nothing more than a fancy, electronic flashcard system. But it can be very useful to review your new vocabulary words.
The advantage of an SRS is that the software uses special algorithms to keep track of how often each words needs to be reviewed. Words that give you the most trouble will be reviewed on a daily basis…while easier, well-known words are reviewed only weekly or monthly.
Idea #7: Play Word Games
Last, but not least…you can play word games to improve your vocabulary and review the words you know. These can be as simple as a memory game where you flip cards over to try to match the word with the definition.
Other common, yet fun games are search-a-words and crossword puzzles. You can even make up your own games online for free and use the words you are learning. The great thing about learning with games is that it won’t even feel like you are studying.