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Using the same vocabulary Most of us spend a lot of time on memorizing new vocab. But when it comes to speaking, our mind kind of goes blank and we forget all the new vocab and we use the ones that we used, I don't know, say two years ago as if we didn't make any progress. Do you think it's a big deal? Should we be disappointed or is it something normal? If it's not normal, how can we overcome this issue?

Aug 15, 2016 9:43 AM
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To Mohamnadreza

My pleasure :)

I think if you write down one or two sentences from a dictionary, then you should take one more step and make a sentence or two with your own knowledge. If you can get feedback on it from someone reliable, that would be a plus. Thereafter, you can expect yourself to be able to use it when speaking. 

August 15, 2016
By memorizing vocabulary, you just add to your passive range. If you want it to be active so that you can actively use it, you should learn it in its context, with its collocation or within an expression. Otherwise, you cannot use it as you don't know the correct structure of it. 
August 15, 2016


'This stopped me to think that maybe the way we speak in our mother tongue is not necessarily associated with the way we can speak in our second language. '

I think you are right, because we learn our native language from our natural enviroment,  as a result we learn the most common words , phrases and grammar structures. Another thing is that a baby has to understand himself with the others in order to get what he want and there is no other language to  that he can use. 

August 15, 2016

Thank you@Mohammadreza for your response:)It's not like that we Indian:):)are good at vocab.It's hard to memorise a word and harder to use it in conversation or in writing.I just try to use the words(Not all as I can' writing as it is difficult for me to use in conversation and I'm poor at verbal communication,I think.So just trying in my little funny way.Let's see what will happen:)

Thank you:)

August 15, 2016
Well. You have brought up a good issue. I thought about it so many times. Leaving comments on Italki made me think it over one more time. For me there is the only reason. In my daily speach , in my daily interactions in my native language (Russian) I use very simple vocabulary , structures of my emressions are not complicated. I use the same poor vocabulary from day to day. I use simple the same words building up my thoughts. I think it is normal. So the same is with foreign language.
August 15, 2016
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