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In Help With Memorizing, we discussed how pairing absurd images to hard-to-remember Spanish country names helps you recall the words at need. The same technique works for any vocabulary words, including Spanish furniture names. In this article, we’ll look at how to remember some common Spanish words for items of furniture, or muebles.
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One way of calling up the correct word in Spanish is pairing the image that represents that word--in this case, a desk--with an English word that sounds very similar. In this case, I have chosen the English word excrete which, when said aloud, sounds very similar to the Spanish word for desk, escritoire. To remember this link, I just think of a desk excreting... desk supplies. Not only is the image easy to remember--it comes up every time I think of a desk--it also points me directly toward the word I am looking for in Spanish.
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Sometimes the “sound-alike" word you choose will also look very similar, but might have a very different meaning. That is okay. In fact, the more absurd the pairing, the easier it is to remember. Here I have used the pairing of “kama," something that is a bit like a short-handled sickle that I became familiar with during my martial arts days, to cama or bed. Sickles and beds are hardly related, but kama and cama do sound alike--and again, the more absurd the pairing the easier it will be to remember new Spanish furniture names.
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Sometimes we already associate Spanish words with familiar objects, but they may have other meanings when used in the context of the Spanish language. Here, we pair the familiar English-language usage of the word mesa --a flat table-land-- with the most common Spanish-language use of the word: Table.
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Sometimes the pairing of words you choose may look alike instead of sounding alike. Here, I have used a very silly looking chair to represent the concept of “silly," which in turn reminds me of the Spanish word for chair, silla. Note that the two words look alike but, when pronounced properly, silla does not sound like silly at all.
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Once again, we are relying on visual cues to provide the correct association. In this case, it is both the ridiculous idea of a commode seat on top of a dresser and the visual similarity of commode to the Spanish word for dresser, cómoda.
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If what you’ve just read doesn’t make much sense, download the Spanish furniture names picture cards, have a quick look, then read through again. That should bring things into perspective.
As you can see there are several different ways of approaching vocabulary picture cards or image cards as language learning tools. Which way you choose to tackle the project may show a lot about your preferred learning style; start reading up about incorporating visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning techniques into your lesson plans or learning strategy.
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Vocabulary Picture Cards
You can download the vocabulary picture cards discussed above for free; just follow this link. They’re fairly rough sketches, but should be good enough to give you an idea of what you’re shooting for.
Five Spanish Vocabulary Image Cards For Furniture
Learning a new language by rote connects words to words. But you don't take the world in as words--instead, it's a series of images. Learn to think in Spanish, instead of translating from English, by pairing Spanish words directly with the image they represent.