Before a word is permanently stored in the memory, it needs to be used a number of times. This can make learning obscure words, such as ‘cushion’ (‘cojín’), a very difficult task.
An efficient, although not very exciting, method of learning lots of new vocabulary is by giving yourself regular tests. This method quickly identifies the words that you have difficulty in remembering – words that you need to constantly use.
After testing yourself a number of times, you will notice that the words become easier to remember.
Grouping the words into categories, such as “verbs, adjectives, nouns and adverbs”, or into topics, such as “transport, food, hobbies.. etc” may make it more successful.
This can be done very easily by making your own word lists, using simply pen and paper. Or, if you prefer, you can download a piece of software, designed especially for this.
Interlex is very easy to download and use. It’s free and comes with ready-made word lists. It also allows you to create your own words lists.
Download it here: