#3. Is learning vocabulary lists a good idea?

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

If I give you three words to learn, say ‘bleu, ‘jaune’, and ‘tournesol, i.e. blue, yellow, and sunflower with no context attached to those words, you won’t remember any by the end of this post.

If, on the other hand, I tell you that in order to create the image illustrating it, I chose ‘bleu’ as the background colour, ‘jaune’ for the title (‘le titre’) and that the flower I always use to illustrate anything to do with language learning is called ‘un tournesol’, from ‘tourner’= to turn and ‘sol’= sun, because sunflowers turn their heads towards the sun, you are more likely to remember those three words. And perhaps even how to say ‘title’ in French.

Learning endless lists of vocabulary is not only dull, but a waste of time. Practising all four skills, especially reading, on the other hand, is the best way to expand your vocabulary in a natural and enduring way.

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