Dont learn new words in isolation, but in phrases or combinations Real the real thing = authentic get real (idiom) = be serious
Know how a word changes: Real Really Realistic Realistically Reality Realism Unreal Surreal
Word combinations: Adjective + Noun special treatment Verb + Noun to express an opinion Noun phrases chemistry set Word + Preposition at a high level
Concentrate on high frequency words HIGH: Punish Commit Frequent Structure LOW: Regurgitate Onomatopoeia Plebiscite Subcutaneous
Dont look up every word : When youre reading something in English, learn to scan the text and circle the words that you thing are most important for understanding. Looking up the meaning of every word you dont know will drive you crazy!
Make a plan How many words can you learn in one day? How many new words do you want to learn this week?