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Developing your vocabulary in Lingala plays an important role when learning the language or improving your skills. It enhances the way you understand native speakers, and increase your confidence when speaking or writing. You will be communicating more effectively.
The best way to improve your “bank of words” is to immerse yourself in a Lingala speaking environment as much as possible. This can be done by staying in the speaking country. Talking frequently to native speakers is also a great way to expand the amount of words. Although these are the most efficient ways, immersion is not that simple.
This article explores tips to improving your language skills, at home and at your own pace.
Build your own list of vocabulary in Lingala
The list is one of the simple methods to increase your vocabulary. Each time you encounter a new word, write it down in a notebook, your computer or smartphone along with the translation. Not only will you remember the writing of the word, but also the meaning.
You can use an alphabetical index notebook to easily find out the words.
Keep a phrasal journal
If you want to go further than the simple list, you can keep a phrasal Journal. For each new word you encounter, write it down in a sentence. This will give you a solid foundation to build your vocabulary, as you will easily remember the word and the context of use.
Tag your house
This tip is so powerful, you need to try it! You just need to circulate in every room of your house, or any other premises, and label all the objects and furniture you find. The power of this technique is that you will frequently see these objects and remember them.
Draw the words
For those who are more visual learners, this tip should be beneficial. For each new word learnt, you can draw it. If you are not good at drawing, you can just paste a picture in a notebook or your chosen app / software. Little by little, you will create your own visual dictionary.
Use flash cards to expand vocabulary
Using flashcards can step up your game to another level: A flashcard is a card with information on both sides. Those cards are a powerful memorization tool for a versatile learning strategy. You can create a card with a Lingala word on one side and the translation on the other side.
You can also add an image on one of the side to help memorize new words and easily recall them when needed.
Play word games
Word games like crosswords, jumbles and anagrams can be a fun way to build your own lexicon and test your brain. These games are a great aid to improve your learning of new words in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
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Find a language buddy partner
Working with a learning partner is good to practice using new vocabulary in a conversational setting. There is no need for your buddy to be a native speaker or fluent in Lingala. This method will make you learn words that you may not come across on your own. You’ll also get instant feedback from your partner to improve your vocabulary faster.
For the listening learners, you can record yourself on your phone saying the word or the phrase in Lingala. Try to stress the pronunciation. Regularly listening to the record at your convenience will slowly impregnate the words in your brain.
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Write a Lingala diary
This method is more advanced learners. You will keep a journal in which you will write down any memorable event of your day. At the beginning, you can start with simple sentences and build paragraphs when you feel more confident.
Keeping a journal of new words you learn will help you track your progress and reinforce the words in your memory.
In conclusion, there are a lot of tips to improve your language skills when learning Lingala takes time and effort. There are several tips to expand your vocabulary. The key to success is practising and using a pacing program to help you review your words regularly. However, with consistent practice, you can create your own dictionary and become more proficient. It is up to you to find the most suitable to your learning type or availability. By following these tips and finding the methods that work best for you, you’ll be well on your way to your goals.
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Which is your favourite tip? Do you have other tips that have helped you improve your knowledge?