- [Tiffani] As an English learner,
you sometimes experience a problem
when you're reading something
or even when you're having a conversation with people
and even sometimes
when you're listening to a podcast or other audio file.
This problem is vocabulary.
But there is a formula.
This formula will help you to learn 1,000
English vocabulary words
and that's what I will teach you today.
Welcome to Speak English With Tiffani.
I'm teacher Tiffani, let's jump right in.
Okay, so here's the problem.
The problem is you want to improve your English vocabulary
but it just seems too hard.
Now let's look at this a little closer.
So the first thing is you memorize lots of words
but what happens is you can't remember or use them.
Many of my students have told me
that they memorize vocabulary words
but then when they get in conversations,
they're not able to use them and that's what happens.
Or you start off strong
but what happens is you get tired and often give up.
And often give up completely.
Now to be honest with you I also experienced the same thing
when I was studying Korean.
I would study hundreds of vocabulary words
but then after two or three weeks
I would get tired and just stop.
So again, you start off strong
but you get tired and often give up completely.
This is the problem.
Now there is a solution.
The solution is three words lead to 1,000 words.
Now don't worry I'm going to explain this very clearly
and it will really help you to learn 1,000 words.
Alright now the first aspect of this solution,
before I explain it in detail,
is the memorization and repetition.
Memorization and repetition is so important
because it is a set pattern that will help your brain.
That will help your brain.
Now remember in one of my previous video lessons
I explained how your brain works, okay?
There are certain triggers
that help your brain remember certain things
so a set pattern will also help your brain
when you are trying to remember
or memorize English vocabulary words
and the next thing is learn and use.
Many times you will learn vocabulary words
but you're not able to use them.
This solution, this formula I'm gonna teach you,
will help you do both.
So again this will help you use them in daily life.
When you meet someone that is a native English speaker
or even another English learner,
you can use the words that you're learning, okay?
Alright, so the breakdown.
Let's look at
the breakdown of this solution or this formula.
Okay so again 1,000 words by doing three words each day.
There's five parts,
the select, memorize, visualize, apply, and review.
Okay so let's look at the breakdown
in a little bit more detail.
The first section is select, so you select the three words
that you will use for that day.
Now remember in the beginning I said this is a formula
and it's actually a part of a 16 day cycle.
Now the first part of the cycle is the select column,
the first column, so on the first day, day one,
you will learn only three words.
And each day after that
you're only learning three new words.
Now let me explain exactly how this selection happens, okay?
So once again, you select the words
that you will use for that day,
this is how it's going to happen,
so let's start right here on top.
There are many different ways that you can select words.
Let's say for example that you are watching something on TV
so you can select words from
TV shows or movies that you watch.
You may have a favorite
American television show that you watch
and you may hear a vocabulary word that you don't know
so you can choose it from the television show
or you may even have a special book
or magazine or newspaper that you enjoy reading,
an English newspaper or magazine.
So you can pick a vocabulary word
from books, magazines, or the newspaper,
or the newspapers you read, newspapers that you read.
The other method you can use
actually is something that you may already have inside.
So this is your brain.
So there are some words that you already know.
You can actually look for or find synonyms, okay?
Find synonyms for words you already know.
For example, let's say I already know the word big,
that's a word that you already know
but a synonym for the word big is enormous.
So I already know this word
but enormous is a synonym for that word, okay?
So these are three different ways
you can actually select vocabulary words.
Okay let's keep going.
The next part of the breakdown is to memorize.
You're going to memorize the definitions
of the words from the previous day
so again let's look at our 16 day cycle.
Now we've moved to the second column, the memorize column.
Now on the far left you see the day column,
then next the select, and then next the memorize.
So on day one you only memorized or selected three words.
Now on day two you still need to select three new words
but now is when you're going to memorize
the three words you looked up the first day.
It's very important, you're memorizing on the second day.
Let's go in more detail, okay?
So again, memorize the definitions of the words
from the previous day.
Okay so let's look at it a little closer.
So here's what's gonna happen,
so right here, let's give him some glasses, okay?
Let's give this student some glasses.
So we have this student, this English learner right here.
So what's gonna happen?
The first thing is to read over the words and meanings.
You're going to think about them.
Remember I chose enormous
so I'm gonna look over the word enormous and realize,
ah, this means big, this means big.
The next thing you're going to do is
you're going to make something, okay?
I'll explain exactly what these are,
I can write really tiny, alright so what you're going to do,
let's put RD, let's put it like this.
You're going to make flash cards for each word.
Remember it's not gonna take you a long time
because it's only for three words, okay?
Make flashcards and then what you're going to do,
let's put a little clock right here for us,
got a little clock right here, put a little bell on top.
Okay what you're going to do is
time yourself as you memorize,
make this O a little better, as you memorize each word.
You want to get to the point to where
you can memorize and know three words in 30 seconds.
This is your goal.
This is your goal.
Alright so let's keep going to the next phase.
Alright so the next phase is to visualize.
Now for the visualizing step
you're gonna select various images
that go along with each of the vocabulary words.
Use them to memorize the words more.
Okay so let's go back and look at the 16 day cycle again.
So now we're on the next column, the visualize column.
Alright so again on day one we selected three words,
day two we also selected three words but then we also added
the memorizing of the first three words
and we're also going to be
visualizing on that day the first three words.
Now again I'm gonna explain it very clearly
so let's jump in to explain it very clearly,
again, selecting various images
that go along with each of the vocabulary words,
use them to memorize the words more.
So here we go, alright so the first thing you need to do,
let's do a little head right here.
Student with their eyes closed.
His brain right here, he's thinking, his mind.
Alright so what's gonna happen is
you first need to think about each word and
see what picture pops into your head.
This is important because everyone is different.
If I say good food, the first thing that pops in my mind
may be different from what pops in your mind
so it's important to see what pops into your mind.
Now the next thing you're going to do is
you're going to get on the computer,
you're gonna get on the computer
and what you're going to do is
you're going to go online
and find an image that matches, okay?
Find an image that matches what you saw in your mind.
Now again remember it's only for three words
so it's not gonna take you a long time
but go online and find an image that matches each word
so you're looking for three images, three images.
Now after you find the images, what you're going to do is
you're going to make another flashcard
but this time instead of the word being on the top,
the word will be on the bottom
and on top you will place the image
so again you're going to
finally make image flash cards and practice with them.
Remember these steps are so important
because you need to practice and learn vocabulary
in different ways,
not just sitting and looking at a book and memorizing.
Your brain needs to see things that are visual
and connected to different situations
in order for you to learn and use the vocabulary words
so let's keep going.
Alright so the next step is to apply.
Now that you know the meanings,
use each of the vocabulary words
in a sentence that you create.
Okay so again the 16 day cycle,
now we're on the next column, the apply column,
so again day one we just selected three new words.
Day two we selected three new words
and we also memorized and visualized the first three words
and now as we move down to day number three
we're still selecting three words,
we're memorizing what we learned
or what we selected the previous day and we're visualizing
and now we're applying the first three words.
Now this applying I will explain,
let's go and I will explain it in more detail.
So again now that you know the meanings,
use each of the vocabulary words
in a sentence that you create.
So here's what's gonna happen.
Let's have a student right here.
So we have this student right here, right?
Now this student is looking at something right now
so let's do this like this, let's have this right here,
give her some fingers so she's holding the book.
Okay so this student is looking at something right now.
What you're going to do is
you're going to review the meaning
and, this is the key right here, think about your life.
This is key.
Review the meaning and think about your life.
So here we go, let me show you an example,
so let's look at an example
so that you can understand exactly what this step means.
So let's say for example I have this right here.
This is my dictionary.
And the word I selected was enormous, enormous,
which means very big so again it means very big,
that's the definition I found in the dictionary, correct?
Now what's going to happen is
I'm going to look at the dictionary sentence example,
I'm gonna look for the dictionary sentence example
and let's say the dictionary says
the building is enormous, the building is enormous,
that's the pattern that the dictionary uses.
The building is enormous.
Now what I'm going to do is think about my life
and I'm gonna write my own sentence
so you're going to write your sentence so your sentence
which is my sentence right now is gonna be
ah, maybe my school.
So I can say my university is enormous.
So what happened?
I changed this part right here.
So instead of the building,
I put my university but everything else is the same.
This is what you're going to do
for the apply step in this formula.
Let's keep going.
Now the last thing for the breakdown is the review step.
The final step in the breakdown method
is to review all of the previous steps
and see which step you need to practice more
so remember it's a 16 day cycle.
Now this 16 day cycle has many different columns
but on the 16th day
you're going to review all of the 42 words you learned
on the previous 15 days.
Now don't worry I'm gonna explain exactly how to do this.
So let's look at it in more detail.
once again the final step in the breakdown method
is to review all of the previous steps
and see which step you need to practice more.
So let's jump in, here we go.
For the first thing we need to do
let's put our timer right here
so we have our little clock right here,
this is our timer, our bell.
So you're gonna find a timer and what you're gonna do is
you're going to set a five minute timer.
This is very important, only five minutes,
set a five minute timer for the review time.
remember you've been practicing these words for 15 days
so you should be able to bring them to mind very quickly
so what you're gonna do next is
remember there was a 15 day period for the review day
so let's just do it real quick like this,
let's just kinda do a small sketch
so the 15 day period and during that period
we had different flash cards so we had a word flash card,
remember we had the word flash card that we made
and we also had image flash cards that we made,
okay so what's gonna happen is you need to review both
within the five minute time period.
Now it seems like a short period of time to review 42 words
but remember your brain is amazing,
you've been using and reviewing these words
for a 15 day period
so that means you actually will know more than you realize.
What's gonna happen is during this five minute period
you need to go very quickly
and there may be some words that you get wrong.
If there are words that you get wrong
that just means you need to review them again
so what's gonna happen is you're gonna have a separate pile.
This is the review again pile.
So what you're gonna do is if you get any wrong
put them in the review again pile
and what's important is what you're gonna do is
when you start the next cycle
you're going to go over them every other day
until you feel comfortable
and you feel like you know them well.
This is the review step, okay?
Okay great job now I've created
the actual formula and spreadsheet
that you will need to do this and put this into action.
The 1,000 vocabulary words plan is a free download
that I created just for you
so if you wanna download it go to
again it's totally free and you can use it
to learn and use 1,000 English vocabulary words.
Also remember to watch my next English video lesson
that you can see on the left side of your screen.
Until then, keep studying English
and I'll talk to you again soon.