The Secret to Remembering Vocabulary
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Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's video, I will teach you a trick on how to remember
vocabulary. So English has the largest vocabulary out of any language. I think it's close to
600,000 words in English. So how are you going to remember so much vocabulary? Well, when
I was in China, I created a little trick -- and other people use this trick, too -- that really
helped me to remember all the new words I was learning. So in this video, I will teach
you this trick. So what you do -- I have a bunch of interesting
pictures on the board -- is any time you come up across a new word and you're learning a
new word, you need to make a picture in your head of this word. A good idea is to try to
think of other words that sound like this word and imagine funny situations in your
mind. So what do I mean by that? Well, let me show you.
The first word I'm going to teach you today is "bald", "bald", b-a-l-d. What does it mean
to be "bald"? It means to have no hair, okay? So if you have no hair, you are "bald". How
do you remember this word? Well, if you use my trick, you can imagine a word that sounds
like "bald" -- maybe "ball", basketball, soccer ball. So in your mind, I want you to imagine
a ball. It can be a basketball, a soccer ball -- any type of ball. Now, imagine the ball
with a face. Imagine the ball with no hair on top, maybe a little hair on the side, a
little hair here, but no hair on the top. Because "ball" and "bald" sound alike, if
you imagine this picture for maybe ten seconds, it will help you to remember it in the future,
okay? Think "ball with no hair". Okay. Let's try our second word: "beard". What's
a beard? It's the hair that comes off a man's chin -- usually, women don't have beards.
So it's the hair that comes down like this. How are we going to remember this word? Well,
imagine a man with a beard, and inside the beard is a bird, a little bird, tweet tweet!
And what's it doing in the beard? Why, it's drinking beer. Okay? So this little picture
is -- don't know if you can see that, but that is beer. So imagine a bird drinking beer.
Those two words together -- beer. This isn't beer; this one is. Imagine "bird" and "beer".
Together, if you put the words together, they make "beard". A bird drinking beer in a beard.
Can you say that fast? "Bird drinking beer in a beard." So maybe, if you picture this
for ten seconds, you will remember this word. Okay.
Next word I want to teach you today: "creamed". So what does it mean to be "creamed"? "We
creamed you guys." "You guys got creamed." It means someone lost a game very badly. If