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Spanish Vocabulary Learning

I want to investigate vocabulary learning, particularly of a foreign language.

My proposed experiment would teach people Spanish vocabulary and pair it with an English synonym. I'd like to use different English words. Ones that are cognates, somewhat related, and unrelated to the Spanish word. If possible, I'd like to use the same Spanish words with different English words.

Then, a day or so later, I'd ask them to recall the Spanish word when shown the English word.

My goal would be to show that when you pair a vocab word with a similar word, it's easier to remember. And I hope there would be a gradual effect for words that are slightly related.

Thoughts, problems? This is mostly just for my own records, but feedback is always welcome.

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herocatholic
Sep. 15th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Sounds good, assumign they are all nouns. Have some fun and try some verbs
thegoal_issoul
Sep. 15th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
hmm sounds interesting... do u have an example of 1 word u might use?
herocatholic
Sep. 15th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
I can think of some...

El sofa...the sofa...
perro...dog
pastel...pastery
active_axon
Sep. 15th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
thanks Musil :)
herocatholic
Sep. 16th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
i could look in a spanish dictionary for other suggestions...
(Anonymous)
Sep. 23rd, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
If you're seriously interested in L2 vocab learning, read a few articles on it first.

Current theories lean more towards the idea that you get stronger (fast/more accurate) recall if the foreign words are paired with their meaning (ie, "gato" is {feline creature that exhibits certain typical-cat-like behaviors, etc}) rahtn than if they're paired with a translation in the learner's first language. Some of the word-word pairings actually inhibit recall: why learn the word "sofá" if you already have a passive understanding of the word because it's like "sofa"?

It's an interesting theory, that about the gradual effect.
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