Some words just stick, they are easy. Some have to be practiced with flashcards, this is my normal state. Some are really troublesome somehow, then I will try to produce mnemonics, jokes et cetera around them so that they will stick. Normally I must use the word activley during at least one day several times in order for the word to stick in my long term memory.
Does anyone actually try to read online content in Chinese or would like to do that?
I am finding partners to find and read interested Chinese online articles with.
I associate foreign words with a familiar word in my native language, for example, the word 'Cake' in Chinese sounds like "don't go" in English so I picture myself saying "don't go" to a really nice cake.
The word for 'Corn' in Chinese sounds like "you me" in English
The word for 'Dragon' in Chinese sounds like "Long" in English, and so on.
That way works best for me.
A thesaurus can do wonders. Native speakers even use a thesaurus to improve their vocabulary. Only trouble is the thesaurus doesn't let you know which words are used more than others. (Or maybe there are some out there that do?)
read it and then use it.