Spanish Homework: 5 Memorizing Tips to Apply

When children learn to speak, they do not memorize words. Instead, they absorb them from their environment, parents and siblings. With Spanish homework in school, the process is entirely different. Rather than learn through immersion, students must intentionally memorize the vocabulary. To get started on the memorization process, students should try out some of the following five tips.

Word Association

One of the best memory devices is to associate the word with something else. Normally, the mind recognizes a detail, associates it and recalls it naturally. With memorization, students can force their minds to do the same thing. A word like onion (cebolla) can be associated with how it sounds. Cebolla sounds like “they boil you” in English. Students can imagine onions getting boiled in their mind as they repeat the word. By associating it with an amusing image, students cement the word in their line.

Label It

Some people learn best visually. Other people learn better through the written word. For visually-oriented people, labeling household items is an excellent memorization trick. This works well for vocabulary that is related to furniture, household items, colors and food.

Flash Cards

It may be an old school trick, but flash cards are still an excellent learning device. Students can use flash cards at home, on the bus or before class. To make sure that they have a complete understanding of each word, students should quiz themselves using both the English and the Spanish side of the card.

Use It or Lose It

As students learn a new word, they should make an effort to actually use it. The word needs to become a part of their active Spanish vocabulary. If students have no one to talk to, they can try to write out sentences that take advantage of their new vocabulary. Certain podcasts about Spanish learning may also have episodes that have vocabulary specific to a certain subject area.

Say It With Feeling

There are two verbal ways to learn vocabulary. The first technique is to over-exaggerate every word. It may feel ridiculous at first, but exaggerated feelings and acting will help the student to easily recall the new vocabulary word. This exaggeration basically works as a trigger for their mind to recall it with in the future.

Studies have shown that words are easier to recall when they are tied to a hand gesture. Students can link up their vocabulary with American Sign Language gestures or design a movement of their own. When the student forgets the word, doing the gesture will serve as a mental reminder of the vocabulary.


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