Not feeling so good about your French lessons? Here is an idea! At your next fast food binge to cheer up your language blues, instead of super sizing your order of burgers and fries, why not decide to forego the delicious tasting fat and grease and opt for a healthier order of 4 easy ways to maximize your French vocabulary? Increasing your French vocabulary with these simple techniques will ease the vocabulary-type mental indigestion and mental bloating that irritate and discourage students as they learn French vocabulary. And most importantly, an increased knowledge of vocabulary will boost your confidence and fluency as you learn how to speak French.
The first activity to quickly learn French vocabulary is great for students at any level, and is a simple way to increase vocabulary without creating too much extra work. Find some old magazines or newspapers that can be used for cutting and find pictures of things that you do not know the words for. Cut the pictures out and paste them on a piece of paper and then put them anywhere noticeable at home or work. On the back, you write the word and a sentence using the word. And if you really want to annoy, educate or impress your colleagues, friends and family, you can even do Show And Tell" with your pictures. It is an excellent method to review and test yourself, because when you teach it, you know it.
The second easy activity you can do to learn French fast is all about the Magic. You can make a Magic Calendar by downloading it for free or by buying a reusable calendar. At the start of your day, you must pick one new word that you have learned in your French course or French reading material and want to remember that day. Write that word on your calendar and draw a picture of the word and/or write a definition of the word in your own French. As each day passes jot that word of the day on a piece of paper and put it into your pocket for future reference throughout your day. Once the month is finished, you should have had the chance of recording up to 30 words. This is a good opportunity for you to learn how to take notes in a French, and to reflect about each word and what you have learned. It also helps you increase your vocabulary one day at a time. The Magic Calendar is a fun way to document your learning, and you can proudly say, "Wow, I learned all of those words, just like magic!" If you see it, think it, and write it, you will remember it.
Fridge magnets are not just for decoration anymore. The third fun activity you can do to learn French the easy way, is to put several packages of alphabet and number refrigerator magnets in a box. You can practice your alphabet and number pronunciation by pulling a letter or number out of the box. You can also see how many French words you can recall and/or create using the letters. Put your list of new words on the fridge as colorful reminders for you to recognize and remember French vocabulary.
The fourth activity that will increase your vocabulary is by simply reading more French books (Ces Enfants de Ma Vie), magazines (Le Paris Match) or newspapers (Le Monde). Find a good caf? or place to read and relax. Make sure you record the words you do not understand and then look them up in the dictionary. You should focus on the meaning and context of these words and eventually try to incorporate these words into your speech.
With an excellent French course, these four activities are very effective ways to complement your learning by getting you to remember French words thereby increasing your vocabulary. Whether you use some or all of these activities, your learning of French will surely improve in leaps and bounds. Your French vocabulary blues will be a thing of the past and the blue skies of Paris will be a thing in your future.