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Learn English Vocabulary Faster with Flash Card Strategy

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Having to Learn English vocabulary is no doubt, one of the keys to becoming a better English speaker and listener. A popular technique is to use flash cards to study English vocabulary. Flashcards are a great tool but the technique you use when studying can have a big impact on the speed you will learn your new English vocabulary.

Paper Flashcards versus Technology Based Flashcards

At this point, if you are using paper flashcards that you make yourself, I would encourage you to look into a technology based flash card system to take advantage of something called Spaced Repetition. This type of flash card software system shows you certain flashcards in your list exactly when you need to see them in order to learn them in the quickest way possible. In other words, it shows you the new cards very often and older cards you have seen many times less often.

Although each spaced repetition system has different algorithms (a calculation system), my favorite flash card app has a feature where you decide how well you know the word on a scale of 1 to 5.  If you don’t know the word at all, you mark it as a 1 and you will see this card again very soon. Compared to a word you have classified as a 5, which you know instantly and could use in conversation.

Vocabulary Study Techniques

Regardless if you are using a paper deck or a spaced repetition software system, the most important thing is what you are thinking about when you see each flash card. Only looking at the new word, then looking at the answer is the slowest way to learn new words. I’d like to share some cool techniques that will help you learn words that will be automatically part of your active vocabulary (words you can use when speaking) rather than passive vocabulary (words you recognize or know but cannot remember when speaking).

Can you use the word in context?

When you look at the new word or phrase, try to use it in a real sentence. If you are in an area where you can speak the sentence out loud, do it! Why not practice your pronunciation and speaking skills while studying words. The important thing here is that you are trying to use the word from the flash card in context.

This process does 2 things. Firstly, you will know if you are able to put it into a sentence easily or not. If this is difficult, you probably just need more information or clarification. It could be that you are unsure of how to conjugate a verb or you are unclear on the exact meaning of this word. Look up whatever information you need to know in order to use this word easily.

Sometimes we add words to our flashcard deck that seems like a good word at the time but we have forgotten how it was used originally or why it was interesting to us. So, if you can’t figure out how to use it properly or you have determined it is not a word you will ever use, delete or remove the card. It is very important to include a sentence with each word for this reason.


The second thing that happens when you use a word in context is that you are putting that word into use. It’s not just a word in a boring list. You mind is being forced to use this new word right away in the same way you would use it if you were speaking. If you continue to use this word in sentences while practicing your flashcards, you will be able to use it in conversation easily.

When you study individual words without putting them in your own sentences, they are typically memorized in your passive vocabulary. It’s normal to have more passive vocabulary than active vocabulary but the goal is to have as much active vocabulary as you can so you can be as precise as you want to be when you are speaking.

Remembering is Easier

After you have successfully put the vocabulary words into sentences a few times, you are going to remember that word or phrase a lot quicker than if you do the classic repeating technique. Say the new word, say the meaning. Say the new word, say the meaning. Say the new word, say the meaning….

Of course, as you advance your vocabulary, you will find it easier to make connections to other words of similar meaning.

When I reached a high intermediate level (in Spanish), I noticed I had to start creating flashcards in the same language on both sides, no translations. The reason for this is that I already knew 2 or 3 words that had the same meaning as the new word I was trying to learn.

How do you study new words?? Share your techniques and the answer to the question in the comment section below.

Lesson 26: English Phrasal Verb Give In

phrasal verb Give inThe following phrasal verb ‘give in’ is used when you agree to do something after trying to resist. Listen to the audio lesson, complete our exercise below for an idea of how to use it in context.

Using the Phrasal Verb: Give In

Decide which sentence uses the phrasal verb ‘Give In’ in the correct way? Leave a comment on our website in the comment section below with your answer.

A. You must give in gifts at Christmas time.

B. He gave in to buying a new television after the salesman gave him a good price.

C. The pants were to small so she gave them in for a refund.

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Lesson 19: English Phrasal Verb Pass Out

phrasal verb Pass OutOur English phrasal verb lesson is pass out it is used to describe someone who is unconscious. Often we will use the verb to describe when a person that has drank to much alcohol has fallen asleep. Listen to the audio and, complete the exercise below to check if you know how to use it in context the way English speakers will use it .

Using the Phrasal Verb: Pass Out

Decide which sentence uses the phrasal verb ‘Pass Out’ correctly? Leave a comment on our website in the comment section below with your answer.

A. The van passed out the other car on the highway.

B. The man passed out from the heat.

C. The passed man out from the heat.

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Lesson 16: English Phrasal Verb Slip Up

phrasal verb Slip UpThis is a free lesson where we give you some excellent examples showing how to use slip up which means to make a mistake or to have an error.  Listening to the audio lesson shows you the correct way to express this verb, Then you will be able to complete an exercise below to practice how to use it in context.

Using the Phrasal Verb: Slip Up

Decide which sentence uses the phrasal verb ‘Slip Up’ correctly? Leave a comment in the comment section below with your answer.

A. I slipped up the ice and fell on my butt.

B. John slipped up on the bill and did not charge enough to the client.

C. We like to slip up a nice cold drink on a hot day to cool off.

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Free English Phrasal Verb Story: Lessons 1 to 10

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Learn 10 Phrasal Verbs with this Story and Our Lessons

This is one of the phrasal verb stories from our course. We think that learning with stories is a magnificent way to learn phrasal verbs so that you can actually understand what they mean when you hear native speakers use them.To download the audio files and the transcription for these 10 phrasal verb lessons here.

To get the most benefit of this phrasal verb story, you should study the phrasal verb lessons that are related to this story first.

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Phrasal Verb Story for Lessons 1 to 10

Now that you have studied the lessons related to this story, it is time to challenge your understanding by hearing them used in context with one of our interesting phrasal verb stories.

Don’t worry, our transcription has the phrasal verb being used with the meaning marked beside it so you don’t get confused with the phrasal verbs that have multiple meanings 🙂

Phrasal Verb Story: Lessons 1 to 10

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Story Transcript: 

Last year we decided to take 6 weeks off (time away from work) of work so we could to travel to Ecuador. After 3 flights we had finally arrived in Ecuador but had to stay in a hotel overnight. In the morning we had to take off (leave) from our hotel at 9AM so that we had enough time to go through security and get our tickets before our plane took off (left the ground) at noon to reach our final destination on the coast.

Once we were in the air, high above the mountains, the plane started to make a strange noise. It sounded like one of the engines was acting up (having a technical problem). We were hoping nothing as going to go wrong but I was definitely thinking that the mechanics should track down (find) the source of the noise; because the entire flight I was thinking over (think about) all of the horrible things that might happen if there was a problem with the engine of the airplane.

About halfway through the flight, I decided to take off (remove) my jacket and use it as a pillow against the side of the airplane because I was feeling run down (low on energy) after so much time traveling. Just as I was about to fall asleep, a little girl started to act up (misbehave) and was crying. Although I’m complaining about the flight and the plane, I’m not trying to run down (talking badly) the airline. The staff were really friendly and after all, we did arrive safely to our destination.

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