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Keep an English Notebook


Once you leave formal education, you are in control of your own learning. No one is going to stand over you and make you study. So, you need to organise yourself a bit. Keeping a notebook can help. Make a plan on how, when and where you are going to learn English at the beginning of your notebook, I find that a loose leaf notebook is best, or you can even keep one online (we all make mistakes and this way it's easy to correct them).

Set yourself realistic targets and goals:-

  • How often will you study?
  • Where will you study?
  • When will you study?
  • How many new words will you try to learn a week?
  • How will you test yourself?
  • How will you measure your progress?
In your notebook:-
  • Write down the word, for nouns include the plural form, for verbs find out whether it is regular or irregular (if it is irregular write down its different forms).
  • Write down any adjectives or adverbs that might help you remember the word, use word tables to help organise your vocabulary.
  • Use a picture or diagram that might help you remember the word.
  • Write sentences with the word in context, use word association to help you.
  • Write the opposite meaning of the word (if appropriate).
  • Write out the pronunciation. Knowing the phonetic alphabet can help.

Dog is a noun:-

Dog  (singular=1) Dogs (plural=1+)

Word Tables can be useful to sort your ideas when learning adjectives or verbs:-

Adjectives
big
small
bad
good
dog
brown
clever
stupid
Verbs
walk
feed
play with
the dog
groom
train

Pictures and diagrams can help you learn, draw them or cut them out from magazines and paste them onto your page

Dog

Making meaningful sentences such as "Dogs chase cats" or "Snoopy is a dog", help you to remember the word in context.

Word associations can be added to as you learn more vocabulary

Dog - animal - bark - puppy - bitch - hound - tail - ears - whine

Walk is a noun "I went for a walk." and a regular verb "I walked for hours.":-

As a Noun

Adjectives
a long
walk
short
country
tiring
With verbs
take
organise
a walk
enjoy

As a verb

Verbs
walk / walked / walking
walk home
walk to work

 

Adverbs
walk quickly
walk slowly

Couple Walking

"The couple walked hand in hand."
"I walk to work every day."
"Walking is good for you."

Word association: Walk - stroll - ramble

Run is a noun and an irregular verb:-

As a Noun

Adjectives
a long
run
short
quick
tiring
With verbs
go for
a run
organise
enjoy

As a verb

Verbs
run / ran / running
run home
run to work
run away
run a race
run an errand
Adverbs
run quickly
run slowly
run regularly

Woman Running

Word association: Run - marathon - race

And finally:-

  • Avoid writing the translation, if you follow this plan it shouldn't be necessary.
  • The more you use your notebook the better.
  • Check your notebook often for revision.
 
 
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