How to Learn and Expand Vocabulary with Mind MapsCindy
Mind maps can be an effective tool in learning vocabulary words and expressions by making connections in a non-linear way. Language is used whenever and wherever possible. Vocabulary is the root of everything that involves the use of languages, such as writing, advertising, publishing, and daily communication. We are forced to receive, learn and use vocabulary every day, thus it’s necessary for us to master how to learn and expand vocabulary with mind maps.
Mind Map for Synonyms
Have you ever been caught in a dilemma where you rack your brain for an appropriate word to express something clearly and precisely? In all languages, you may find many words that mean almost the same thing – they are “Synonyms”. Thanks to the mind maps I have made for my word lists, choosing words with greater precision is not as difficult as before. Gathering synonyms in a map helps you to delve deeper into their meanings and digest the nuances between them. For example, you see a woman and her little baby walking. Of course, the way a baby walks is definitely different from an adult. What are the best words for that respectively?
Put the word WALK as the central topic of your mind map, and then add its synonyms to enlarge branches that need detailed explanation. The following is a mind map for synonyms of “walk” made by MindMaster.
Mind Map for Words in Categories
There are chances you may need to use words under a category. For instance, if a teacher intends to teach his students word of vehicles, he is sure to need a mind map for words of vehicles. On the contrary, students also need such a mind map to enhance their memory and understanding of these vehicles.
In this case, you can add VEHICLES on the center of the canvas as the central topic, and then supplement branches that can trigger associations. Here I made a mind map for words of vehicles with MindMaster. The pictures of each vehicle come from built-in clip arts of MindMaster software. It’s cool!
Mind Map for Collocations
Collocations are two or more words that are often used together, in a way that happens more frequently than would happen by chance. For example, “make a cup of coffee” and “do homework” are examples of common collocations we use universally. People don’t say “a glass of coffee” or “make homework”. Using collocations correctly shows an excellent command of the language and can impress others your ability to speak the language well. In English, people use collocations frequently in business, which requires businessman good command of business collocations.
To make a mind map for collocations, you need to first figure out the word you want to collocate with or a certain scene you need collocations for. For example, I made a mind map of collocations with DO.
Mind Map for Combinations
We all know that in English grammar, words have different combinations, thus resulting in various grammar constructions. Verbs appear most often, and I made a mind map using the common combination categories with “Verb Combinations” as the central topic.
To make a mind map lighter, you may choose one of the branches as your central topic. Make more mind maps rather than gather them in one map. In this case, you can list more detailed examples to each combination.
It may take you some time to create a mind map. However, if you stick to learning words in this way, you are sure to expand your vocabulary and benefit a lot from the mind maps. Download a handy mind mapping application like Edraw MindMaster to draw your own map. Go for it!