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How can I make vocab learning more interesting?

Vocab learning can be very dull when you're faced with pages and pages of suggested vocab to memorise in preparation for your exams. However, it is possible to make your vocab learning enjoyable (promise!) and enhance your understanding of the German language. Here are my top five suggestions: 

1. Make post-it notes with the German word/phrase written on one side and the English translation on the other. Stick each note on a different door/cupboard around your house (it's best to use the doors you open the most, for instance, the fridge). Before you open the door you have to say the German followed by the English translation, pretty soon you'll know them all!

2. Use the website 'Quizlet'. You can create online flashcards, play vocab games and it even generates tests for you to track your progress.

3. Learn tricky phrases to the tune of your favourite song. Replace Taylor Swift lyrics with German idioms and you'll soon have them learnt. Also, listen to music in the target language. There are some great bands and artists out there that sing in German and once the lyrics get into your head, you've found another great resource for vocab learning.

4. Tailor your vocab learning to something that interests you. Find your favourite quotes from TV shows or films in the target language or make vocab diagrams in areas that interest you, such as sports or food. You'll find it easier to remember the vocab and every word/phrase will come in handy!

5. Listen to the news in your target language. For German, I really recommend listening daily to the 'Tagesschau in 100 Sekunden' (simply type into Google). Alongside learning more vocab, you'll improve your listening skills and keep up to date with international news, all within one hundred seconds.

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