Vocabulary Video Lesson Tip — Comparison

Hello BlaBla video content creators, welcome to weekly blog series on video creation tips! Hopefully, this will help you generate new video ideas and attract more followers!

In this article, I’ll be sharing one tip for those working on their vocabulary video lessons:  Comparison. Comparing vocabulary is an excellent way to create videos in this category. It not only helps your audience learn more than one word in a single video but also allows you to clarify the differences between easily confused words with examples and situational stories. You can easily spice it up by turning the video into a fun conversation between 2 people, played by you alone (some fun acting!) or a partner and yourself. Check out 8 Tips on Making Great Videos for more ideas to make your videos interesting and unique!

Here is a demo video created by Vitali on Vocabulary with a comparison approach. Feel free to refer to the key points below and the video. I hope this gives you some inspirations.

Here are a few steps to take to make your vocabulary videos effective.

1. Choose two similar words that are easily mixed up

There are tons of vocabulary out there that are often mixed up easily, even by native English speakers. They might sound the same but has completely different meanings like “Tack and Tact”, or they can be similar such as “Affect and Effect”, or even more complicated, exactly the same in spelling such as “Resign and Re-sign”. Your audience will love you for helping them understand the subtle differences between words that are easily mixed up. Keep in mind the targeted level of English proficiency of your audience when you choose the word sets.

2. Explain the similarities

Simply explain the reason why the chosen two words are often mixed up. It can be similar spelling, pronunciation, or meaning. Bonus for making your audience feel that it’s understandable to struggle with the differences between the words you are explaining. This is a perfect way to build rapport with your audience and help them build confidence during the learning process when watching your videos.

3. Explain the differences

This is a key step. Explain why the words are essentially different. The difference can be the meaning, verb vs. noun, the tenses, the occasions…etc. It might be natural to explain for some of you who already have a background teaching English as a second language. If you find yourself struggling with explaining an obscure concept, try doing more research and watching some of your peers’ videos on BlaBla to receive more inspirations.

4. Provide appropriate examples Vocabulary Usage

Make sure to use examples to illustrate the differences between the words. This is extremely crucial for your audiences to put all the pieces you just explained together. Try to keep the sentence short so you can emphasize the essence and avoid further confusion.

I hope you find this article helpful, and keep an eye out for more tips to come featuring more topics!