Vocabulary

* Check your current vocabulary level. Do you know enough for your needs?

* Study vocabulary at the Okadai Quizlet Page, or just click these links created by your teachers:


General Academic Words: 

学術分野: 
  Law     Education  
Medicine    Medicine2 (body parts)   Dentisty          
Science: Common Prefixes (接頭辞)  Basic Science   Chemistry   Genetics   Physics    Energy

Edit these sets to make them better, or create more!  Join the "Okayama University" class, click on a set, and click "Edit this Set". Change English definitions to Japanese.

Study on your smart phone! You can also study Quizlet on your smartphone. If you want to study abroad or go to graduate school, this iPhone App is recommended.

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 Go to the Okadai Quizlet Page to study more sets.




Vocabulary Study Hints 


Study Hint 1: if you study something only once, you may forget up to 90%! Review often! These sites help your review vocabulary with the most efficient timing: MemriseWordEngine (paid site), and this iPhone App.

Image from WordEngine.com Based on Hermann Ebbinghaus:


Study Hint 2: English has over 300,000 words, but we use 1% of them (the most common 3,000) about 90% of the time! Most words are not useful to learn, and if you learn them you may never use them again.... Focus only on common words or words related to your interests or needs!

To check if words are common, copy a text or word list into this >>website << and press "submit window". Words that are K-10 or higher (K-11, K-12, etc.) are probably not useful to learn (unless they are related to your needs or your TOEIC score is over 750). Off-list words are not useful (or, they are names or misspelled words).

Study Hint 3: Consider if you want a word in your active vocabulary (使える単語) or your passive vocabulary (分かるけど使わない). Our passive vocabulary is actually much, much bigger, and we don't need to learn to spell or use these words. Save study time by NOT worrying about the exact spelling, pronunciation, or grammar for these words.

For words you want in your active vocabulary, practice the spelling and notice the pronunciation. Also, understand the grammar (e.g. appropriate = 形容詞, appropriateness名詞, inappropriate...), and how the word is used in a dictionary
  > Practice writing sentences with the word.
  > Practice pronunciation of the word you want. Go to this >>website<< using Google Chrome. Speak your words or sentences. Does the site recognize your pronunciation?  (Does it dictate correctly?)

Study Hint 4: You will remember words more if you have an image in your mind. If you use Quizlet, add an image to it. You can also make a crazy sentences with words that sounds similar. For example:

 synonym = 同義語 > There is no synonym for cinnamon
                                   (シナモンには同義語がありません。)