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:
- 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;
bread and grains
condiments and spices
meals and snacks
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
other domestic appliances
entertainment and communication devices
dinnerware and cutlery
garden equipment and tools
given (first) names of famous Montrealers
- numbers, dates, telling time;
- people (the body, family, relationships, and life events);
- tourism and hospitality; tourist attractions including UNESCO World Heritage Sites;
- weather, seasons, 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