How do you memorize French vocabulary?

I'm in French 1 and on Friday we got a list of regular ER verbs we have to memorize. I get the ones that are like English or kind of like English but when they're not, it's ugggh. Some examples Nager - to swim Voler - to fly, to steal Cacher- to hide Gagner - to win, to earn Écouter - to... show more I'm in French 1 and on Friday we got a list of regular ER verbs we have to memorize.

I get the ones that are like English or kind of like English but when they're not, it's ugggh.

Some examples

Nager - to swim
Voler - to fly, to steal
Cacher- to hide
Gagner - to win, to earn
Écouter - to listen

Then there is

Assister which should mean to help out or assist, but means to attend

And travailler doesn't mean to travel like it looks like but to work.

I've put then in flashcards and I've gone over then a dozen times but it's not sticking.
What can I do?

Words like téléphoner, demander, commander, tourner, are ok.

I have also learned habiter (to live in) because it's close to inhabit and manger (to eat) makes me think of a manger where animals used to eat.
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