Learning a new language has always been a fascinating but long and difficult journey. It is, first and foremost, a challenge with ourselves, our memory and our ability to adapt and reorganize our thoughts in new cognitive structures.
When we face with something we do not know (i.e. a new language or a new skill like decorating with decoupage) the fastest way to master it, is not to appeal to our creativity but rather to our emulative instinct. So do not be afraid to be blamed for plagiarism: copy, imitate and repeat everything you want to learn until you will have overcome it. In a nutshell, imitate a parrot!
THE BEST WAY TO TAKE NOTE AND TRAIN YOUR MEMORY
It used to be a moleskine, a pen, curiosity to jot down new words and perseverance to repeat them during spare time. But as digital animals, I will recommend you to keep curiosity and perseverance and throw off pen and paper. On Google Play and on App store you will find a simple, intuitive and particularly suited to modern parrots aspirants app: Teach Pablo.
CREATE AND SHARE YOUR WORD LISTS FOR FREE
Teach Pablo is a free app that allows anyone to take note of new words and expressions on their smartphones. It's like taking your moleskine without the hassle to carry it in your pocket. But not only. It is a simple memory task application enriched with some options: in addition to writing the word and its translation, you can also record a short audio to remember the pronunciation and, also, you can decide whether:
1 – to study alone;
2 - to share your lists with a partner or a teacher who works with us to the list’s construction and improvement;
3 – share your own list as locked content (and this is especially useful for language teacher or coach).
IS VOCABULARY ENOUGH TO LEARN A LANGUAGE?
Of course not. Vocabulary is just one of many skills that we need to acquire in language learning. However, exercise your memory to remember words and phrases is an essential step. To paraphrase Stephen Krashen, when you visit a foreign country, usually you bring a dictionary, not a grammar book.
ARE YOU WONDERING HOW TO START?
Teach Pablo allows high customization but if you do not know how to start or you want simply to have some basic vocabulary lists to help you in various situations, take a look at the material that I have prepared for you. Ready-prepared lists divided by communicative contexts with also Italian and English pronunciation. Easy, right?