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    Those little words...

    Trying to pick up lots of vocabulary is the hardest thing for us non-Russians. I find the small, abstract words (that you can't really picture in your mind or link with anything solid) the hardest to remember. Words like... even, hardly, often, truly and so on. Do any of you out there have neat little tricks for remembering some of these words?
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    Associate them with some image in your mind or some similar sounding word in English.

    Do you think that remembering English verb+preposition combinations is easier? Or all hundred or so meanings of the word 'set' (or 'get')
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    Yep, can't disagree with those... but how do you connect "usually" or "nowadays" with a picture?
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    thats the sort of thing you only really get used to with conversational and listening practice. if you got no russians where you are, start hitting the radio
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    For me, I have to say the words in a phrase in order to remember. All words! No one could possibly suck worse than me when it comes to learning vocab.
    обычно, was easy to remember because it can be used in so many phrases that I can just make up in my head. That's what I mean by "use them".
    Also for this particular word it was helpful to learn it along with it's sister words. Usually, sometimes, often, always

    Обычно, иногда, часто, всегда
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    Re: Those little words...

    Quote Originally Posted by Delichon
    Words like... even, hardly, often, truly and so on.
    даже, едва, часто, действительно, и так далее
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    However simple and banal it may sound, practice is possibly the most only and surely the most effective way of remembering vocab. The trouble with practice is that it's not so easy to find and even if you have quite a bit of practice, there's still no guarantee that you'll use all the vocabulary you know.

    I agree with DDT that using the words in a phrase is a good way for learning/remembering. It's no use learning only separate words. If you keep learning only words, one day you'll see that you simply don't know how all the words you know collocate with one another.
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    У меня тоже были проблемы в изучении таких слов, хотя если ты их встречаешь настолько часто, то ты быстро привыкнешь к ним. Я думаю, что намного труднее запоминать названия бытовых предметов, которые редко упоминают в новостях или на радио. Слова типа "розетка", "крышка", "шнурок" и так далее. Эти обьекты очень обычные, но кто же пишет статьи о них?! Даже в том случае, если ты выучиваешь такое слово, довольно возможно, что ты не встретишь его опять на протяжении года... Тогда получится, что ты давно забыл слово.

    С другой стороны, слова, о которых ты говоришь, используются во многих контекстах, так что не так легко их забыть.

    I also had trouble learing these small words, but I think you will find you can remember them quite well if you keep coming across them on a regular basis. On the other hand I find it much more difficult to learn the names for everyday objects, the kind of objects that hardly ever get mentioned in articles or on the radio, eg "plug", "doorknob", "blinds" and etcetera. Even if you learn it sometime, chances are you wont see it again for a year and by then it will be long forgotten. These "little words" in contrast are used in all kinds of contexts so you wont forget them so easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by basurero
    У меня тоже были проблемы в изучении таких слов, хотя если ты их встречаешь настолько часто, то ты быстро привыкнешь к ним. Я думаю, что намного труднее запоминать названия бытовых предметов, которые редко упоминают в новостях или на радио. Слова типа "розетка", "крышка", "шнурок" и так далее. Эти обьекты очень обычные(так не говорят , лучше сказать "достаточно просты"), но кто же пишет статьи о них?! Даже в том случае, если ты выучиишь такое слово, достаточно велика вероятность, что ты не встретишь его опять на протяжении года... Тогда получится, что ты давно забыл слово.

    С другой стороны, слова, о которых ты говоришь, используются во многих контекстах, так что не так легко их забыть.

    I also had trouble learing these small words, but I think you will find you can remember them quite well if you keep coming across them on a regular basis. On the other hand I find it much more difficult to learn the names for everyday objects, the kind of objects that hardly ever get mentioned in articles or on the radio, eg "plug", "doorknob", "blinds" and etcetera. Even if you learn it sometime, chances are you wont see it again for a year and by then it will be long forgotten. These "little words" in contrast are used in all kinds of contexts so you wont forget them so easily.
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