Long-Term Results of Vocab Wars #2: Writing Sentences with Foreign Words

Ever since I started its sessions, I’ve been very eager to find out the long-term results of Vocab Wars #2.

The method of choice in Vocab Wars #2 was writing sentences with foreign words. And with writing I mean writing … with pen and paper.

And today — just as I’m about to start the learning sessions for Vocab Wars #4 — it’s time to reveal these long-term results.

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Vocab Wars #3 Testing Smart Flashcards + Long-Term Results of Vocab Wars #1

That what’s close to us is easier to remember.

So it makes sense to couple those things to new information we want to learn.

Let’s say I want to learn the word refrigerator. If I happen to have a big, blue and rusty fridge, a good way to learn this word would be with a sentence like this one:

My refrigerator is big, blue and rusty.

I can then stick this sentence to a flashcard, with the word’s translation on the other side.

This is what Smart Flashcards are all about.

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Is Writing Sentences With Pen and Paper a Good Way to Learn Foreign Vocab?

Would you remember more writing something down as opposed to just typing it?

Studies suggest: Yes.

And it makes sense:

Typing is just pushing some buttons, while writing involves creating the shape of the characters on your own.

It’s also slower, which exposes you the material for longer at a time.

So then, I thought, it could work with language learning as well.

And that’s what I wanted to find out, albeit in a humble way.

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