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.
- Go to search.twitter.com
- Enter the vocabulary you want to see in an example sentence
- Twitter will display Tweets that contain the vocabulary. The word you are searching for is also marked in bold.
- 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!