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How To Build Your Vocabulary in a Foreign Language

by Marisa Serrano

Expanding your foreign language vocabulary opens up a whole new world of possibilities! Each word you learn gives you the opportunity to express new thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Learn the word for “coffee” and you can place an order in a cafe; learn how to say “I like you” and you can get your feelings across to your crush. 

There are several different ways to build your vocabulary in a new language. Since the goal is to be able to understand and use each word, focus on methods that will cement your learning.

These strategies will help you go beyond memorization to really understand each new word you learn: 

  • Immerse yourself in your new language
  • Repeat words aloud
  • Continue practicing 
  • Grow from where you are

Immerse yourself in your new language

The fastest way to build your vocabulary is to surround yourself with your new language. This is because language immersion taps into your brain’s innate ability to absorb new methods of communication. 

Our brains are wired to recognize patterns, identify clues, and glean meaning from context. When you engage with new vocabulary words in this active and immersive way, you’re more likely to retain them in the long term.  

A few ways to surround yourself with your new vocabulary are to travel abroad or chat with a native speaker. Rosetta Stone also offers a convenient way to do this through a method called Dynamic Immersion. This method helps you grow your foreign language vocabulary faster and more effectively.

Mirroring the way you first acquired language as a child, Rosetta Stone presents you with words and images, and your brain naturally makes connections between them. Because you’re learning through context and reasoning, you’ll build a deeper, more enduring understanding of each new word. 

Everything on Rosetta Stone is presented in your new language, giving you a truly immersive experience. Plus, each new vocabulary word is shared in a relevant real-world context. This helps your brain to make important connections, and recall words more quickly.

Repeat each word you learn

As you learn new vocabulary words, it’s helpful to practice saying them aloud. This goes a long way in helping your brain to retain the new information. Plus, the verbal practice will help you get ready to use the new word.

This process is built directly into Rosetta Stone’s language learning program. As you learn a new word, you’ll hear it spoken aloud by a native speaker, so that you can experience the correct pronunciation and usage. Then, you’ll practice saying the word aloud for yourself. 

And with Rosetta Stone’s TruAccent speech recognition, you’ll receive real-time feedback on your pronunciation. You can feel confident that you’re saying each word correctly, and are ready to use it in a conversation! 

Continue practicing your new vocabulary

Studies have shown that repetition is a key factor in vocabulary acquisition. One classic example that you’re likely familiar with is using flashcards. This strategy essentially tests your knowledge through repeated practice of the same deck of vocabulary words. 

Rosetta Stone has taken this typical repetition method to a whole new level. Rosetta Stone’s language learning program ensures that you’re exposed to brand-new vocabulary words at just the right pace. Then, Rosetta Stone strategically repeats words and phrases at the perfect frequency to help you solidify your understanding and maximize memory recall.

Along the way, you’ll discover new vocabulary while revisiting the words you’ve already learned. This perfect blend keeps your vocabulary strong over the long term, while ensuring that your vocabulary learning journey is always fresh and enjoyable.

Grow from where you are

Finally, an important aspect of building your vocabulary is to grow from where you are. For example, if you’re just starting to learn your new language, it’s best to begin with the basics before moving onto more complex words and phrases. 

Even if you’re further along in your language learning journey, there are always more words to learn! And it’s helpful to continue using and practicing the vocabulary you already know, so that it stays in your active memory. 

With Rosetta Stone, you’ll have your own personalized plan based on your current skill level and goals, full of curated content that suits your needs.

For beginners, Rosetta Stone will guide you through the language basics, starting with the most common words that you’re more likely to use. (Check out the language basics for Spanish, Mandarin, and French.) Then, you’ll build your vocabulary naturally and progressively from there.

And if you’re already intermediate or proficient in a language, you can pick up where you left off and start learning new vocabulary right away!

Rosetta Stone will track your progress along the way, and support you in getting to the next level in your vocabulary learning.

Get started today

With Rosetta Stone, you’ll be learning new words during the first second of your first lesson. There’s no need to read instructions or memorize complicated grammar rules. Instead, Rosetta Stone helps you tap into your brain’s innate ability to learn new vocabulary. You’ll be surprised how much you can pick up in just a few minutes!

Rosetta Stone’s online program and award-winning mobile app are easy to use and can be accessed from anywhere. Lessons are broken into bite-sized pieces, so you can make progress even if you only have 10 minutes at a time.

Ready to get started? Sign up for a free trial at www.rosettastone.com/tryitnow 

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