I listened to this episode, and I would like to share my favorite dictionaries so far and the way that I memorize vocabulary.
First, I am going to talk about my method of memorizing and learning new words. If I ever come across a new word, I write it down on a flashcard, and I write its definition on the other side of it; sometimes, I write down its translation also its part of speech. Then I revise these words regularly in the following way: If I looked to the written word and recognized its meaning immediately without any hesitation, I write +, but if I hesitated, I write -. If I remembered the word five times in a row without thinking- several times, I consider this word memorized. Also, I search for the word on this website https://youglish.com/ to see how natives using it. Second, the dictionaries that I use. I often use Longman Dictionary, and I think it is excellent for beginners. It gives the different meanings of the word and its collocations, and it has a lot of great features! I also use Cambridge Dictionary. I can make lists and test myself on the words that I listed.
Okay, this is my method of learning new vocabulary. For me, it works!

*Excuse my poor grammar🙈
Hi  Ghada al Otaibi . I use youglish.com too. I find it very useful because you can hear the correct pronunciation in context, so that you can understand how to link that word to others. 
Another useful website is http://www.ozdic.com/ . It's an English Collocations Dictionary (I'm a bit obsessed with collocations!). It comes in handy when you want to use a word but you don't know exactly the right verb or adjective or preposition to use with that word. 
I am not very good at revising new words and expressions. I write them down in my notebook but I am a bit lazy when it comes to reviewing. I rely on my regular conversations when I try to  use them as much as I can. 
I should try flashcards too but using your method. I get quite bored by apps like anki, memrise, lexilize... 
I use the cambridge dictionary myself, it's great.

How much time do you usually spend on the daily basis reviewing or writing these flashcards?
Ghada al Otaibi replied
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I generally use Quizlet when I want to brush up on flashcards, but I totally agree with Jachym that sometimes it's a waste of time. I need to use them in a context; otherwise, some terms or sentences don't embed efficiently into my mind. Anyway, I like Quizlet because it has a useful feature, in a nutshell, it indicates your progress, so it means you can repeat those flashcards where you make more mistakes.
As for the dictionary, I prefer to use the Cambridge dictionary and a site which is called WordReference (it's a gold mine for Italians)
Ghada al Otaibi replied
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I've just read this article and I found it interesting because I always wondered why people -not only teenagers- use memes in every event or situation even If it is serious. So, I think this is a psychological explanation for that.
What do you think?
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/well/family/memes-teens-coronavirus-wwiii-parents.html
If you take a look on Twitter or Reddit, you might understand them. GIFs and emojis are different. They're more friendly and cute as you said even if they're overused. I guess memes more sarcastic and rude -mostly-.
Jachym Simko replied
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Ghada al Otaibi the idea of "Humour as a coping strategy is interesting", and I've had an episode on something like Why we laugh on my list of podcasts to make for quite some time.

British people, as you may know, have a particular sense of humour, and tend to make light of almost every situation through humour. We are a nation that uses humour as a way of disguising the seriousness of stuff. 
Jachym Simko replied
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I have never really understood the use of memes. I barely use them. I sometimes use GIFs but only because I find them cute. Haha

Emojis are pretty overused as well IMHO.


I have this problem and it's bothering me. I struggle so much whenever I start to write in English, even writing a small reply. I'm always afraid of making mistakes and sometimes I feel like I don't know how to write in a natural and appropriate way. This is really stressing me out :( 
Welcome on board, no, really.

It happens to every single language learner. The good news is that there's a solution.

Firstly, everyone, including native English speakers, makes some kind of grammar mistake every so often.

Secondly, if you do make a mistake most people will ignore it because they don't either notice your mistake because they focus on the meaning, not form, or they know your native language isn't English and it's only natural to make mistakes. (And it's only admirable that you are learning a second language).

Thirdly, we learn by trying. You might want to try to write small pieces of texts (only for yourself, so no stressing required ;-) and input them into grammarly or Microsoft word, let them be corrected, and see where you have made mistakes.

PS: I'm really struggling with commas. :D
Ghada al Otaibi replied
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Ghada al Otaibi I think that  Jachym Simko said it perfectly, really.

Your post had zero mistakes, and even if it did, it wouldn't matter.

You are doing something admirable: trying, and with trying you will improve.

Here's a tip. Try to write in English every day, even if it's just to yourself.

You can do something like keep a mini journal, a daily diary. Nobody sees it other than yourself, and the habit of actually writing will be hugely beneficial when it comes to writing 'openly'.

As Jachym says, most native speakers don't mind at all, and many constantly make mistakes that they really shouldn't do (as native speakers).

This article might put some perspective on when making a mistake actually matters.

Bravo, you are doing a great job 🙌
Ghada al Otaibi replied
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Hi 
I'm Ghada from Saudi Arabia.
I currently study English and Translation as a major in uni, so I can say that I started learning English in a serious way a year ago. I aim to improve my English and to reach an advanced level also I want to be more confident in speaking and writing in English. 
I am glad that I found this fantastic Podcast.
Hi  Ghada al Otaibi, welcome! 

It's great to see more and more people from all these different parts of the world on this forum.

You started learning only one year ago? Your English is indeed impressive! Imagine where you will be next year this time if you keep going... 

So keep learning, keep growing 👍

Ghada al Otaibi replied
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Hi  Ghada al Otaibi   - it's great to welcome you here, and thanks very much for that intro.

Your English is very good for someone who just started learning it seriously a year ago, so congratulations 👏

Welcome to the community - I think you are actually the first member of this community from Saudi Arabia, so "double welcome" 👍
Ghada al Otaibi replied
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