I think your situation here is very relevant, and not at all different from what we've been saying in this thread.OitaFish wrote:
What has worked for me recently is this:
● Find words I don't know in the e-mail/presentation and add them to my vocabulary list.
● Study the vocabulary list for a few days (I use flashcard style)
● Periodically go back and re-read the email/technical presentation
By going back and re-reading the original text, I can see how well I am learning the vocabulary and also get the context in which it was used reinforced in my mind. It also helps me understand how much grammar I do (err, do not) know.
You're beyond beginner stage, so you automatically have decent context to plug your new vocabulary into. Even better, your vocabulary is immediately relevant and of supreme importance to you. These are both examples of reasons that sentences are useful.
Imagine if someone handed you a list of vocabulary from THEIR job, and asked you to memorize them. Which ones will you learn faster? The ones that pertain to you, or to them? Granted, you may be capable of learning both, but I would be very surprised if you could tell me that you'd have them both learned at the same rate.
A beginner doesn't have the luxury of determining their own material right away. You need basics like everyday nouns, adjectives, and verbs. I'm nearly past this stage, thank goodness.
Beyond that, looking into subjects that interest you (or are necessary for you, IE for work) and finding new vocabulary is a common and useful method, so I hear. I'm not quite to that point yet. My study was halted when my 6 yr old broke 4 ribs sledding, and I haven't jumped back into it yet.