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HOW TO IMPROVE ENGLISH VOCABULARY – LEARN ENGLISH LIVE 24 WITH STEVE FORD

 

So my question in my lesson comes from an English learner from Turkey who is interested in tips on how to memorize new vocabulary. Flashcards are certainly a great way to remember new vocabulary and with technology, we can make flashcards which are free to use on iphones and smartphones. In my video lesson,  I give a demonstration of one of these free apps called Chegg Flashcard app which you can download for iphone here

Another great tip I give in my lesson is on the many ways you can remember new vocabulary by creating captions or speech bubbles with your own pictures or pictures you find on the internet. This is a particularly cool tool and it is free. You can see that i was able to quickly make a funny caption for my cat who is very ‘laid-back” meaning relaxed and easygoing. The great thing about this tool is that you can download the picture you create. It works on desktops and iphone/smartphone/ipad/tablet. Check it out: here

To improve your vocabulary, in my lesson I talk about how we can use the word “deal” in many different ways in English. We use “deal with” all of the time and it means to resolve, handle or cope. That is one of the most popular meanings for deal.

To say that something is not a problem or unimportant, many native speakers will use “it’s no big deal”. So if you offer a ride to someone and they say, “are you sure? Isn’t that going to be a lot of gas and time that you will waste?”, you could say, “don’t worry, no big deal”. You could also say, “it’s not a big deal”. 

In many other languages when you exaggerate the importance of a problem, you can say to “make a tempest in a teapot”. This expression is not nearly as popular as the one I explain in my lesson: make a big deal out of something. I give a few examples in my lesson and I also have explained it previously in my lesson