How to learn Chinese vocabulary?
1. Words and Phrases
It is important to remember that vocabulary is not just single words, e.g. sofa, library, discover, beautiful. Many items of vocabulary consist of more than one word, and these phrases are a key part of your vocabulary knowledge.
2. Keeping records of new Vocabulary
If you keep a record of vocabulary you are learning – in a notebook and/or on your phone – it can help in several ways. The act of writing down a word or phrase with a definition or translation is one stage of helping you to fix the meaning in your mind and remember it. And if you have well-organised records, you can:
* find vocabulary items easily to check the meaning
* add more information, e.g. that a particular adjective is often used with a noun you have written down (e.g. a close friend)
* revise vocabulary you have learnt.
We recommend that vocabulary is divided into sections, and each section is given a name, perhaps similar to the contents pages in Oxford Word Skills, e.g. cooking, feelings and emotions, air travel, phrasal verbs. Sometimes you may want to write new vocabulary in more than one section.
3. Don’t forget Pronunciation
A common feature of Chinese pronunciation, which is different in many other languages, Exercises that focus on this feature of pronunciation can help you to develop a better understanding of how particular letters and combinations of letters are pronounced.
Some words may be easy to remember, while others seem very difficult. In general, practice exercises will help you to learn and remember new vocabulary.
You also need to be able to produce new vocabulary. A memorable way of doing this is to use new vocabulary to talk about your own life.