How to Memorize
~this guide is for language learners or future language learners, however, some of these tips/methods apply to memorization in general~
Recently iāve got many asks about memorization and since there are several methods i thought to make a post about them, (I might update this post in the future when i find out new ways of memorizing)Ā
I think everyone heard of this method. You write on one side of the card your word and on the other side the translation. You can also make digital flashcards with Anki or Memrise.Ā
(I actually forgot the name of the method so i improvised.) Similar with the flashcards method but you donāt waste so much paper. You write your words in a column and the translation on the other side, when you want to practice, you cover the translations and try to recall how you say the word in your target language.
Many apps like Memrise offer sets of words already, all you have to do is to play. Some apps like this are: FunEasyLearn, Babadum, Lingo, 50languages but i think we can all agree that Memrise is the most popular.
Itās easier to learn in context and the easiest way to learn words in context is to either read or use an app. The most popular apps are Clozemaster, WordBrewery and Linguabee.
For reading, you can upload your pdf on ReadLang and just click on the unknown words. The words will be saved so you can review them later. If you choose to read articles instead, then ReadLang extension or Linguarana are the best choice for this tast.
Avoid learning 1 word
Itās easier if you learn structures or sentences instead of individual words. However, many apps give you only 1 word so i know that this rule isnāt very easy to follow. Soā¦ letās go to the next tip.
When you learn a new word, try to make a sentence with it. Try to use more than 3 words though becauseĀ āAnne has applesā isnāt a very complex sentence so you might forget it. Choose something thatās unforgettable to you when you make up examples.
If youāre a bit more advanced, make a story with your words. Choose 5-10 words and try to include them in your text.
Grab the dragon by its tail
(I forgot the name again, okay?) This method is used for tongue twisters usually but it works on difficult words to remember too. Basically, you write the word down but you start with itās end and you keep adding 1 new letter after you learned the previous form.Ā
e.g. dragon => on - gon - agon - ragon - dragon
Listen to songs for kids
There are many songs on Youtube and they are made to be catchy. You can learn several new words at once if you learn a bit of the song.
Iāve read recently about this method. Basically, you focus on the main syllable and when you need to remember the word, that syllable will help you remember the whole word.
A very interesting method is writing in a language and then replacing the mot. (word) Youāll have an entire sentence in a sprog (language) except 1 word.
Use as many senses as you can
You can write the word, pronounce it and look at it in a dictionary. At the same time, if you repead this a couple of times, you will remember the word in no time.
You just write the name on a sticky note and stick it to the object. This method is good because itās like immersion, you associate the word with the object and no translation is in the way.
You probably know that moment when you have to remember something so you just write on your wrist what you have to remember, you can do this, and at the end of the day, you can wash away those words. (however, if you donāt like people paying attention to you or talking about you, avoid this method, your hands will be full of words, everyone will notice, eventually)
If you talk to someone in your target language, youāll more likely remember the new words or just post a text to be corrected. You have the perfect amount of stress and so, your memory pays more attention.
I disnāt use this one but i do know that Sherlock Homes uses it in the series and many people at the memory championships use it so iāll include it in this list. Here youāll find more informations about this technique.
You choose a word/phrase to remind you of something else.
e.g. afslutte = to end, to conclude, to finish
mnemonic: If you donāt study, youāll end up as a slut.
Here you can read more about mnemonics.
Write them weirdly
No, i donāt mean to use a funny font but to write them with your non-dominant hand. If your right handed, use your left hand to write. Youāll focus more on your word and youāll learn it.Ā
If youāre a visual person, itās easier to make a mind map because you learn while you make it and you can even color every word with a certain color that you think it will match.
Ever wondered how you can memorize lines from movies? (or am i the only one who knew lines from 3 seasons of Merlin?) Those actors make you associate the words with an action, they are dramatic or funny. When you learn words, try to imagine that youāre an actor and make funny voices and faces. In the end, youāll either remember the funny voice, your feelings or the actions youāve done but they will all make you remember the words you learn.
Try to hand write the words
Youāll remember the words better/faster if you write them down than if you type them.