What I do to memorize new Korean words and increase my vocabulary:
1. Just memorize it.
There are words that somehow I just remember.
2. Say it 5 times, and memorize it.
I always “read aloud” when learning. It helps my brain to understand Korean. Read aloud, but not too loud, whispering is OK.
3. Write it 5 times on paper, and memorize it.
Because sometimes saying it just doesn’t work.
4. Tweet it on Twitter.
Because I will read my own status again later.
5. Make mnemonics.
I learned it from the Japanese. In Japanese, they call it “goro-awase”. So you think of another word that resembles it, or make an exaggerated story about the word.
For example, I had a hard time remembering this word: 억울하다(=to feel something is unfair, to feel like a victim) . It sounds like 小倉だ [ogura da] (=It’s Ogura). I imagine Ogura-san is someone who makes me feel awful because he’s unfair. That’s how I memorize 억울하다.
6. Use knowledge about kanji (Chinese characters).
Read my blog post: About 한자 [Hanjja] (Chinese Characters) in Korean
By making sure I read the word 4-5 times a day. For example by sticking post-its on my mirror.
Do you have other techniques? Do share. 궁금해요. (=I’m curious.) ###