1.Read and make sure you understand individual words (if in phrases)
2.Cover the English side and test yourself (just say aloud)
3.Put a “X” or a line by all those you don’t know yet, and think of ways or links to remember them (eg: ‘ranger ma chambre’ – think of “arranging” your “chamber”, then put it into more natural English). Then keep testing yourself on the harder ones until you are happy with them also.
4.Cover the French side and test yourself (just say aloud first – you will write them later)
5.Repeat step 3, putting a “X” next to the ones you cannot yet translate into French
6.Ask someone to test you on the harder words (and they should say the words in a different order to the list, preferably English to French)
7.Cover the French side again and test yourself by writing out the French (careful of ‘un’/ ‘une’ – masculine and feminine)
8.Correct your French spelling very carefully, highlight the corrections and try to learn them
9.Test yourself again on all the ones you got wrong
10.Put down the vocab list, forget it and do something fun, then come back to it later with a fresh head
To make vocab learning more fun:
1.Try doing actions while saying the words aloud. This is great if you like learning kinaesthetically.
2.If you have a good visual memory, write the word within a picture or image.
3.If you have a good auditory memory, try putting the hard words into a tune you know well and “singing them”.
4.Make cards with the French on one side and English on the other. If you know the word you win the card.
5.Find a vocab buddy and play some of the games we play together to learn the words, eg throwing a ball back and forth, guessing which word has been written, playing “Jacques a dit” (Simon Says).