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Acquire Vocabulary

Matthew Youlden

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23. Acquire Vocabulary

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Acquire Vocabulary

So when it comes to vocabulary on, so we just will recap. We've just seen that we've We've learned how to go about mastering your grammar Onda how to effectively learn grammar and syntax by thinking outside the box and thinking, putting, putting ourselves, let's say, in a year, older situation. Now the next building block off. Mastering any language is how to acquire vocabulary because we can't really do anything with the language. If we don't have anything. To say on grammar helps is only to a certain extent because we can learn all these tenses. We can learn all these farms, but if you don't have any words to say, then we can't really do anything so you can say like I at I o You couldn't talk about the propositions, but we need to put these into context. We need to add them with, together with vocabulary on Dhere, we might want to ask ourselves how many words do we actually need? We can look online and see how many links are. Many words exist in the English language, and there are 12...

5,000 entries are 300,000 entries in the in the English language dictionary. And then, if we actually look how many words we need, is actually very, very much, much smaller, much, much smaller. And then if we look at how many, So there's a difference between how many words we know and how many were to be actually use. There's a huge difference because we don't use all the words that we know. There are certain words that we may be no through their expert e x X expert words such as medical vocabulary or verbs that we don't use scientific terms, terms the on, and we'll be looking at this later terms that are part of our language world. But we know that we're aware of them, but we don't use them on in this case as well. Of great technique is to understand the common words and then to guess the rest through context. So we'll be looking at how we can understand a text, one with knowing the common words and then to guess the content, the words that we don't know for simply through the context, through deducing logically what they could mean a great help to do. This is our dictionaries on dive listed three here monolingual ones. So Spanish, Spanish you could find out about in Spanish the meaning of a word in Spanish bilingual, which means then, in this case, two languages. So in English French Dictionary, a Chinese Russian dictionary and a great one. A great dictionary kind of dictionary. Our so called picture dictionaries, then my one of my favorites. So you have an image. You have a wide array of subjects, every thinkable subject as second. If I think about that, you have picture dictionaries, and then you have you see the word and the image and another great example, our post its which I would like to do with you now these air, probably my personal favorite. So combining these for capitalist these techniques for vocabulary. And now, with post its we can build up our vocabulary because we're building visual and written connections. Now we'll be bringing out if she objects onto the stage in a while and I'll be teaching you how weaken. As I said, we can talk about the joy of post its, and that's why I have called The joy of Post is now. We will be seeing a table with certain objects upon them. I would like you in a minute once I've described what the idea is to familiarize yourselves with the object and then we'll be completing a little test. Thank you very much. So the notion behind posters and it's something if we remember when we're looking at the Turkish Challenge that me, my brother could get me, my brother completed in order to retain the vocabulary we're learning and to literally make it stick. What we did is, and it's a great form of wallpaper, not that particular expensive. We covered our entire flat in posters with words, verbs, propositions, sayings, expressions on. We wrote everything we thought we could do. We had vocabulary time, half an hour, and we just got a dictionary or the book we were learning from all the app on. We wrote everything that we thought we needed down because we wanted to memorize them and stuff that we thought we might not be able to memorize straight away. We also put on the post its and at some point we removed them from the walls. Now the great thing about post its are sticking nose is that you could write anything on them now. Ideally, a great thing, obviously is. If you have an object and you want to know what that object means, they just put a stick in on it. You can't as well, however, use it toe, develop your own ideas. So, for example, I see it a table here. But someone maybe sees what? Or maybe someone sees the color, and then you can use the table a maybe right table, side table or wooden table or the table, or I'm not really sure what is actually a grey brown. Maybe you can use it a post it to write the names of the colors in the language you are learning. And this kid could be, for example, a fruit. It could be the color as well. It's basically depends on what you associate something with, and sometimes you might even associate anything with it is something you want to remind yourself about. So every time you go into the kitchen and you've been telling yourself, this is one verb I really want toe memorize and I'm going to write a poster and I'm going to stick it in front of the the kitchen door or before I leave the house every day and you have this verb in front of you. So the beauty about post it's in this sense is that you can use them for anything. And I would now like you guys to come up with. So, ideally would be doing in the language that we're learning. If, however, you're not comfortable or you're not sure about which language you want to learn yet, then feel free to put them in down any. Write anything down in English on anything here. You can even put a post on me if you want. I'm completely fine with that. So very hands on on just simply, I'd like to see the connotations you have. You come up with these you come up with and obviously the audience at home. You have much, much more sculpt to do this because you can put them wherever you want. Ideally, I wouldn't want you to put them in in places that you might get in trouble for, but in your own apartment, in wherever on your bag, it's on your your belongings. Then basically feel free and just put any. Just grab some sticky notes and write down what you think for you is important. Andan analyze why and analyze why you decided to use a sticking out for this object off for this part of the flat or wherever. So, uh, the tables yours maybe. No, actually, let me. Would you like to? I just wanted to say there's something back there. If you could tell us. Think there's a red marker, the pair of scissors. We have some headphones here as well. A hammer. A very small plant with, I think the soil in it. Well, yes. Sorry, Assad on then. We have a hunger. Wouldn't hunger a box of tissues. Some strange fellow down here, which I think is a gorilla. Yeah, on a bowl, Andi simply maybe write down, jot down three, posted stuff down on post it and then come up from place them wherever you want, And then we can discuss briefly why you decided to do so. It misses fine. Exactly. On the wacky I don't If that's a British was rather the strain to the connotation. The association. The batter? Yeah, Go for it. Come on, Go for no holding back. Thank you. Hey, the language professor, that he said he was open Thio more than area with the orange, the math if you could read yet some of the what they wrote down. Now that I love this one, this is so we have the orange basketball, which is great because that's probably the first association we have with it. We've got a combination of a noun. We've got the the attic over. We've got the objective orange and we have here bounce, which is brilliant, because if we see that basketball, then what do we do with this orange basketball? It balances. We could even say we play with the basketball and then we have a game, a court where we actually play this. So these air brilliant associations, really brilliant associations and then we have here is well, eat. So we eat from this bowl. A White bowl? Exactly. It's a White Bowl. Someone's even put supers. What was that? You, Christie, That's a great Yeah, because I mean, what do we do with this ball? We can eat from it. We can drink from it. And what can we eat and drink from it? Super cereal. And then Branco, Mood Bank. So we've got white in Portuguese. And now we have here oranges. So basically, we've got so many ideas sharp for the scissors. So is simply up to you. The idea is for you to understand what you're seeing on to associate things with it. And as they said, it can also be something even further than what much more abstract it could be something like a rule that you want to learn or a if you're doing alphabets, which you're learning how to to right, then you can always use the sticky note, toe, memorize alphabet, the word order as well. You can put different letters a B, C, or put them in one work together, and then where different letters come used in that word. And then you can always is always about building your own. Your own personal associations plant is if you're a more advanced stage in your language. And you know what Plant is trying to discredit more in advance word, right? Definitely. Because we can think. And this is the will Akhund later, looking at synonyms, how we can use the vocabulary that we already have either to simplify our to elaborate. So, uh, congratulations, guys. You've done me fire proud, very proud. Now we looked at these two, and the last one I would like to discuss in this is a is something that we can use online on our app on the bubble up, which are vocabulary list. So a vocabulary list is something where you have a topic, a themed list off words that are associated with each other, Onda. And if I can show you briefly because it's there's a lot of, ah, a lot of things involved here. But if we have, for example, there are many categories on this and you have, you can choose from first words and sentences to food and drink, toe body. And then we have, for example, like, uh, appearance. And then you couldn't basically, um, used chews up a vocabulary list that you're interested in. And then we have different words and associations for the so the appearance left battles, thistles, the bubble app. So, as I said, I mean, there are several we can. I want to show you a few others as well, where where we have so different categories for anything that you want. So you have sports communication. Digital world on the idea here as well is that you learn these. Let you learn these words on. We'll see later how you could retain this information because it saved into what we call the review manager, where you have to review everything that you've learned.

Class Description

We all know learning a new language to be a daunting prospect. It’s hard to identify where to get started, what elements of speech to focus on, and how to get organized. The fear of making mistakes can be particularly crippling, preventing us from leaving our comfort zones and talking to native speakers.

Matthew Youlden is a world-wide famous polyglot from Babbel language. He speaks 14 different languages, and has the belief that these anxieties can be turned into a toolkit for learning a language quickly. Once we’ve placed aside the fear of failure, we can jump right into putting our new skills to the test - because conversations in a new language leads to fluency.

Join Matthew to develop a cohesive plan for learning your new language. 

In this class, you’ll learn:

Build a language learning foundation
Matthew believes that if you practice 10 minutes a day for a month you will be conversational in any language you want. Matthew Youlden of Babbel will teach you how to create a blueprint for learning, map your goals, and use your time effectively. He will give you a number of different tools to use to practice your language skills and give you the basics of pronunciation and having conversations. Matthew will show you how to build on established skills by practicing conversational language and acquiring an authentic accent. Also, with this class you get access to an amazing ""Language Workbook for Beginners"" designed by Matthew to help you start to learn the language of your choice which is in addition to the in-class excercises that help you put what you learn into practice.

Improve Your Language Skills Fast
Do you feel like you have plateaued in your language learning and need to take it to the next level? Matthew talks about strengthening your writing, grammar and syntax through language exercises. He will also teach you to enrich your language vocabulary through hands on and easy to implement techniques. He also gives some tips and trips for language fluency.When you purchase this class you get a specially desinged, ""Language Skills Workbook"" to help you take your language learning to the next level which is in addition to the in-class excercises that help you put what you learn into practice.

Raise Bilingual Children
Lastly, Matthew will touch on how to teach others a language and raise a young person to be bilingual. He will explain the benefits and reasons for raising someone bilingual and how to create and define roles for the bilingual environment. He will show you how to ensure and measure exposure to language by laying out a strategy for creating the most successful bilingual setting. 

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Exercise 1 - Pronunciation

Exercise 2 - Tongue Twisters

List Of Major Languages

My First 50 Words

Music Listening Exercise

Learn 400 Words

7 Must-Do Bilingual Activities

Easy Verbal Noun Exercise

My Language Calendar

Reading and Writing Bilingual Techniques

Language Workbook for Beginners

Language Skills Workbook

Bonus Video: Time to Ployglot

Bonus Video: Why Learn a Language?

Bonus Video: Myths About Learning

Bonus Video: Reasons For Raising A Child Bilingually

Bonus Video: What is Bilingualism?

Bonus Video: Getting Started: Take the First Steps

My Language Calendar

Reading and Writing Bilingual Techniques

Language Workbook for Beginners

Language Skills Workbook

Ratings and Reviews

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Cris Merton

Matthew has a beautiful voice! It's so easy to listen to him and this lends a great deal of authority to his already clear and lucid content. Bravo!