How to remember vocabulary

Adding words and phrases to your long-term memory is a key part of successfully learning a language. Thankfully, there are proven methods to successfully remember words and phrases so you can start using them in real life.

Spaced repetition

Spaced repetition is a proven learning technique designed to efficiently move vocabulary from short-term to long-term memory. Words are presented at intervals to constantly refresh your memory. When you first learn a word, you’ll see it more frequently and at shorter intervals. As time passes and you consistently get the word correct, you’ll see the word less often. Instead of seeing the word every day, a word you know well may only appear once a month. Keep practising and you’ll add more and more words to your long-term memory.

Read more about spaced repetition.

Babbel’s review feature

The Babbel review feature uses spaced repetition to help you effectively and efficiently memorise vocabulary. Every time you complete a lesson, new vocabulary will be added to your Review manager. Here’s how the review manager works:

  • Each time you get a word right, our system recognises it and will ask you to review it less and less and at longer intervals.
  • If you make a mistake, our system will ask you to review it again the next day.
  • If you make a mistake a few times, our system will show you the word more frequently so you get more opportunities to practise and get it right.

The review system is just one part of Babbel’s effective learning method — in addition to adding vocabulary to your long-term memory, Babbel helps you start speaking with confidence.

Supplement your learning

Along with using Review, there are many ways to supplement your learning. Labelling items in your home and keeping a vocabulary diary are just a couple ways you can learn and memorise new words.

Read more about how to supplement your learning.

 

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