One of the best language learning secrets I learned from my college Spanish professor was to keep a "Little Black Book" or a LBB. It sounds like fun, right? The LBB was a pocket sized note pad that I took everywhere to record new Spanish vocabulary when I was an international student in Salamanca, Spain. Learning new words and phrases made all of the difference when understanding and speaking Spanish.
Anytime that I came across a Spanish word that I didn't know, I wrote it in the LBB.
I looked up new words in a Spanish/English dictionary and recorded the definitions in my LBB.
To master these new concepts, I read through the pages and memorized the words.
To integrate the new words into my working vocabulary, I tried them out in conversations.
- To have a personal record of vocabulary that you want to learn.
- You create a memory of where and how you learned the word. When you recall the word in the future, you will have a vivid memory of the situation when you needed the definition.