To make learning vocab as painless as possible, I’ve tried a bunch of different techniques including:
- Writing sentences using the vocab once a day
- Listing vocab and the translation on the other side, self testing daily
- Writing out flashcards
The problem for me is that they were just so hard to get into.
Learning vocabulary is often the most monotonous part of language learning, being ‘past-focused’ so it is often less exciting than learning something new that you can use.
Recently I have found one method that works well for me: Memrise.
Memrise is a (free) vocabulary learning app that allows you to combine the ‘science’ behind spaced repetition and flash cards. It has a bunch of useful (and some useless) features that apply tactics of ‘gamification’ to make learning stacks of vocabulary just a little bit easier.
To use it to learn Korean, frst create an account, then, instead of using regular courses, just create your own on the courses page:
Once you have clicked this button, add the name and vocabulary list to your course using both Korean and English and save.
Note: Making another ‘level’ is not necessary to split up the amount of words learned at each session. You can change this setting on your settings page: https://www.memrise.com/settings/learning/
Now you will have your own personal learning list which takes advantage of Memrise’s ‘gamification’ for language learning.
Other benefits of using Memrise:
- Also, you can use this list to keep track of your progress in learning vocabulary. Feel good about adding another 50-100 words as you push towards the first 1000 or 3000 words (like me!).
- You can categorise topics to yourself, making separate lists or sections of a list for certain areas of study such as grammar, phrases or words.
- Lists are sharable, if made public, so you can expose yourself (legally) to potentially hundreds and thousands of other people who can point out mistakes in your course.