Some Spanish words are super easy to remember, but others are just the opposite: no matter how many times you read or hear them, they never seem to stick. What can you do about it?
New words are typically hard to remember because your brain is really good at ignoring unfamiliar and irrelevant things. And let’s face it, reading a word like “alcantarilla” can initially look like a random combination of letters with no relevance to your life.
But if you’re crossing a street in Valencia and your shoe happens to get stuck on a manhole cover the moment the traffic light turns green, assuming you survive the incoming traffic, you’re going to have a hard time ever forgetting the word “alcantarilla”.
Luckily, you don’t have to go to that extreme to create meaningful associations with new words. All you have to do is to get better at seeing the familiar and the relevant in every word you learn.
In this guide, I share a bunch of tips to implement the most effective technique I know for doing this:
- Consuming content in Spanish,
- Creating vocabulary lists, and
- Reviewing them every day.