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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

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vocabulary. So English has the largest vocabulary out of any language. I think it's close to

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600,000 words in English. So how are you going to remember so much vocabulary? Well, when

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I was in China, I created a little trick -- and other people use this trick, too -- that really

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helped me to remember all the new words I was learning. So in this video, I will teach

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you this trick. So what you do -- I have a bunch of interesting

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pictures on the board -- is any time you come up across a new word and you're learning a

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new word, you need to make a picture in your head of this word. A good idea is to try to

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think of other words that sound like this word and imagine funny situations in your

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mind. So what do I mean by that? Well, let me show you.

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The first word I'm going to teach you today is "bald", "bald", b-a-l-d. What does it mean

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to be "bald"? It means to have no hair, okay? So if you have no hair, you are "bald". How

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do you remember this word? Well, if you use my trick, you can imagine a word that sounds

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like "bald" -- maybe "ball", basketball, soccer ball. So in your mind, I want you to imagine

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a ball. It can be a basketball, a soccer ball -- any type of ball. Now, imagine the ball

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with a face. Imagine the ball with no hair on top, maybe a little hair on the side, a

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little hair here, but no hair on the top. Because "ball" and "bald" sound alike, if

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you imagine this picture for maybe ten seconds, it will help you to remember it in the future,

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okay? Think "ball with no hair". Okay. Let's try our second word: "beard". What's

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a beard? It's the hair that comes off a man's chin -- usually, women don't have beards.

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So it's the hair that comes down like this. How are we going to remember this word? Well,

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imagine a man with a beard, and inside the beard is a bird, a little bird, tweet tweet!

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And what's it doing in the beard? Why, it's drinking beer. Okay? So this little picture

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is -- don't know if you can see that, but that is beer. So imagine a bird drinking beer.

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Those two words together -- beer. This isn't beer; this one is. Imagine "bird" and "beer".

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Together, if you put the words together, they make "beard". A bird drinking beer in a beard.

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Can you say that fast? "Bird drinking beer in a beard." So maybe, if you picture this

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for ten seconds, you will remember this word. Okay.

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Next word I want to teach you today: "creamed". So what does it mean to be "creamed"? "We

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creamed you guys." "You guys got creamed." It means someone lost a game very badly. If