Visual vocabulary




Searching for the right word (Credit: Hiking Artist)



Try our system of ‘cultural mnemonics’ (memory aids) since is both entertaining and effective.

Our Visual Vocabulary has its roots in renowned Harvard University professor Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences including musical–rhythmic, visual–spatial, verbal–linguistic, logical–mathematical, bodily–kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.

We frequently use a variety of learning styles blending several of them into a coherent strategy. Interestingly, some studies have shown that approximately 65% of us prefer to learn visually yet most language learning websites today fail to have a strong visual base using pictures.

In addition to using pictures, we provide videos to strengthen auditory skills. Our crossword puzzles for word use provide opportunities to integrate kinesthetic learning into language acquisition.

In Visual Vocabulary, we have developed our cultural-mnemonics (visual memory aids integrating cultural content) approach relying on images to facilitate your learning of new vocabulary. You will find your learning and retention of new words becomes more efficient by associating vocabulary with images that reflect fascinating aspects of the cultures of the countries where English is spoken.

If you study one slide presentation a day, you will cover 1,000 of the most frequently used words in a language in approximately three months. The vocabulary is organized into 14 families of related words including:

  • alphabet
  • appearance (clothing and personal accessories);
  • culture (art, architecture, cinema, music, literature, religion, theatre); leisure activities; and hobbies;
  • economy and labor force; occupations, the office environment; and job searches;
  • education and programs of study (schools, colleges, universities);
  • feelings and emotions
  • food and drink; eating out;
    alcoholic drinks
    bread and grains
    condiments and spices
    dairy products
    meals and snacks
    nonalcoholic drinks
    pastries and desserts
  • geography (countries, landscapes);
  • healthcare (medicine, dentistry, illness, exercise) and emergency services;
  • home (rooms, furniture, appliances, grounds, rental contracts; offers to purchase housing)
    types of accommodation
    rooms, parking, and grounds
    furniture and household furnishings
    kitchen appliances
    other domestic appliances
    entertainment and communication devices
    dinnerware and cutlery
    garden equipment and tools
  • names
    given (first) names of famous Montrealers
  • numbers, dates, telling time;
  • people (the body, family, relationships, and life events);
  • shopping;
    men’s clothes
    women’s clothes
    baby clothes
  • sports;
    summer sports
    winter sports
  • tourism and hospitality; tourist attractions including UNESCO World Heritage Sites;
  • transportation;
    air transport
    land transport
    water transport
  • weather, seasons, natural disasters
    natural disasters
  • wildlife, birds, farm animals, marine life, pets
    wildlife in Africa
    wildlife in the Americas
    wildlife in Asia
    wildlife in Europe
    wildlife in Oceania
    farm animals
    marine life