I’m always interested in different people’s learning methods. I’m afraid I am very unsystematic. I like to immerse myself in Spanish – mainly radio, TV and general chit-chat – and pick things up very gradually. I start to notice a new word, I hear it several times, I may look it up in the dictionary but often forget the definition five minutes later, but gradually it settles itself into my working vocabulary. This sounds like a slow process, but I’ve usually got a dozen different words and phrases buzzing around somewhere at any given time.
Other people are far more methodical. I have students who copy out lists of words like lines at school, others who stick labels around the place and others who have wonderfully neat notebooks, complete with category sections and definitions.
Has anyone got a method of learning new words that they find particularly helpful?