Vocabulary learning by drawing words

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Re: Vocabulary learning by drawing words

Postby Random Review » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:24 am

zjones wrote:I use drawing to help me retain words, notably (and almost exclusively) for Greek which I have more difficulty with. And yes, I'd say it's a very efficient way to learn vocabulary. Personally, I only use this method for troublesome phrases or words, because it can be time-consuming.

I can draw a pretty good pencil portrait if you give me a reference photo and a couple hours, but the drawings I make for vocabulary retention are stick figures and sometimes very poorly drawn symbols. You can see an example here, (sorry for the low-quality photo as I didn't have much light):

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Both of these sentences from Assimil were troublesome for me when I was listening to the audio. Certain vocabulary just wasn't sticking, and all the words about the black sea and the white caps of waves were running together. So in this case I utilized my "sentence drawing" as a reference when I listened to the audio from Assimil, because it helped me separate and internalize all these words.

I also sometimes draw scenes and write sentences and words on them, which I find to be less effective than the method above but still more effective than not drawing at all. This photo was from my log a little while ago.

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I really like this. I definitely plan to steal some of this.
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Re: Vocabulary learning by drawing words

Postby tommus » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:39 pm

tommus wrote: I am going to start with a number of L2 words that I find difficult to remember even though they are common and I see them a lot.

I have started! It is actually a lot of fun. Plain writing can get boring, but this is interesting, coming up with an idea for a simple drawing that represents the sense of the word or the mnemonic. No artistic ability required but it would probably be an asset. Stick people and crude cars, buildings, actions. It doesn't take much. Brevity is good.

It is too early to know how much it will improve my recall. But it seems to be an effective way to visualise those words that otherwise refuse to stick. And as I said, it is fun, so it might just continue.
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Re: Vocabulary learning by drawing words

Postby Kraut » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:44 pm

This isn't about drawing, but I think it might also be useful. I have tried to google for pictures that correspond to the meaning of some new words that I had to look up. This search for a matching picture might be equivalent to the mental effort when trying to appropriate a meaning by drawing a picture.
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"armario penoso"

"patio descuidado"

"vacio"

"estupenda ducha"

"portazos"
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Re: Vocabulary learning by drawing words

Postby zenmonkey » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:09 pm

Kraut wrote:This isn't about drawing, but I think it might also be useful. I have tried to google for pictures that correspond to the meaning of some new words that I had to look up. This search for a matching picture might be equivalent to the mental effort when trying to appropriate a meaning by drawing a picture.

This is very similar to Gabriel Wyner's method outlined in his book Fluent Forever. That might be useful for you.

I really like some of the drawing ideas posted in this thread. Thanks.
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