Twitter vocabulary in context

How to use Twitter to learn Vocabulary in Context

Here is an easy way to enhance your vocabulary learning. It is important that when you learn vocabulary you learn it in context. Just cramming the words won’t get you far as our brain needs more information in order to store the learned words more efficiently.

Most vocabulary lists are simply tables with two collums, one side the new vocabulary, the other side the translation. But what we need is the vocabulary in a sentence in order to retain it. And even if you have a book that offers example sentences, those sentences are often constructed and don’t reflect the every day life.

And here comes Twitter into play. It is a great way to find real life examples that are being used right now. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Go to search.twitter.com
  2. Enter the vocabulary you want to see in an example sentence
  3. Twitter will display Tweets that contain the vocabulary. The word you are searching for is also marked in bold.
  4. If you want, you can copy and paste those sentences into your vocabulary learning software or print them out on paper.

You can also watch a short demo video over here.

As Twitter is offering localized versions of its service for most of the major languages and more and more people are using the service to share their thoughts, you can use Twitter to learn vocabulary in French, Spanish, Italian, German and more.

That is how you can learn vocabulary in context on Twitter. Got other tips? Leave them in the comments below!

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor in chief of Fair Languages. She is one of the most renowned education bloggers, founder of EDUKWEST and has been an online language coach since the early days. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
  • http://www.facebook.com/gmachlan Louis George Machlan

    You read my mind! One of the upcoming “English KISS* ” postings will touch on how we learn vocabulary. You are spot on and even more importantly this is how we learn everything! Even math. Sentences are “complete ideas”. A few ideas stung together tell a mini story. Our brains must have a context, much more than a definition. It will figure out the definition over time, the many hues and nuanced uses of any word.

    Thanks to this article, I can add a practical task to the upcoming tip.

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Looking forward to your series. Just uploaded the logo to our dropbox :)

  • http://twitter.com/sebastianpanaka Sebastian Panakal

    Thank you for the tip, Kristen. Our teachers give word by word meaning while translating and that removes context; big and large is translated into the same Indian word, leading to ‘big glass of water’..
    Your twitter tip help us learn in context.

    • http://kirstenwinkler.com KirstenWinkler

      Thanks Sebastian :)

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  • Jamie Dick-Cleland

    Kirsten, funny you mention this, one of the features of our App is that you get to see contextualised examples of the words you are learning! As of next Monday you’ll be able to download uSpeak from the App Store for free. We need to talk! ;)

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