MIND MAP your way to a learning a new language

Mind map your way to a learning a new language, Verbalists Language Network

What is a Mind Map? A mind map is a diagram that organizes information in a radiant structure around a single central topic or idea. Instead of whole sentences, mind maps consist of keywords, short phrases and images.
 
Mind maps are extremely useful for three main purposes in language learning:

 

Mind Maps

👉 Using Mind Maps to learn vocabulary
 
When listening to or reading an article, you can make a mind map that includes all previously unknown vocabulary. Put the title of the article in the center of the map, and then fan the words around the center. You can then add one-word definitions, synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, translations, drawings, etc. depending on your learning preferences.
 
Mind Map for learning a language
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👉 Using Mind Maps to work with tutors

If you are working with your tutor via Skype, for example, you could both view the same mind map. Your mind map can act as both an agenda for the conversation and a visual tool to aid your listening comprehension. After the call, you can refer back to the mind map to quickly review any new language that came up. If meeting a private teacher or tutor face-to-face, you can accomplish the same thing on paper.

👉 Using Mind Maps to improve writing

Perhaps the most powerful use of mind maps is organizing your thoughts before you begin writing. Here are some of the writing-specific benefits of mind mapping:
  • Greatly reduced writer’s block in both your native and foreign languages. An initial time investment of 10 to 20 minutes often saves hours of lost time thinking about what to write next and second guessing and changing what you have already written.
  • Keeping focused on both the big picture and relevant details without getting lost in minutiae. If you just start writing paragraphs, it is easy to forget the main idea you presented in the introduction whilst filling out the details of supporting paragraphs. But if you have a mind map to refer back to you, you can quickly and easily check the relevancy of what you are typing.
🎉 🤣 The more fun you have creating and reviewing your mind map, the better the info will stick in your memory. Have fun! Your Verbalists 😍

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