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A Highly Effective Memory Technique For Mastering a Spanish Language Course

August 28, 2013

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When learning a foreign language, memory training could mean a huge difference with how rapidly you learn and how much information you retain. Language learning traditionally had learners repeating foreign words many times. This language learning strategy could help in pronunciation, but it isn't really the best way to recall words and phrases. Using particular memory techniques that work best with language, it will be easy to retain unfamiliar vocabulary for months and years, and if done correctly, for the rest of your life.

A highly effective memory method that can help you when you're learning a foreign language is to relate foreign words to things that are familiar to you. This connection should be absurd, however, in order to be effective. It must be silly or fantastic that you're not likely to forget it.

A major issue in terms of remembering foreign words and phrases is that they are really unfamiliar to us that they make no sense. The key is to relate foreign words to things that we are familiar with. Next, we must come up with absurd or silly images for those foreign words so they stick to our memory. Our brain tends to forget the common or mundane things we come across. If what we see or hear is uninteresting, it will most probably be overlooked. Nonetheless, the ridiculous, loony, or out of the ordinary things often have greater impact and we have a tendency to remember them. So, it is very important to be sure the image is one you find silly.

We can try this memory method with the Spanish word for hot: "caliente". The word is not even close to being like the word "hot", so how will you remember it? There are four syllables in "caliente" so you could try breaking it down. The first two syllables ("cali") sound like that dog known as the collie. You may link the third syllable ("en") with "in" (as in inside) and the very last syllable ("te") with "tea", the drink. Even though the very last syllable of the word "caliente" is pronounced to rhyme with the English word "day", it is still close enough. We can imagine a collie inside an air conditioned house on a very hot day, sitting on an easy chair like a man would, sipping iced tea.

It's vital to recognize that the images that work for one person may not work for another. Let's imagine that in your case, if you see the word "caliente", you are going to see a dog sipping tea inside a house on a hot day. Once this image is imprinted in your mind, you can actually remember what the word "caliente" means for the rest of your life.

Be aware that this memory training approach takes some time to master. When you first start practicing, it's going to be slow going; but once you get the hang of it with creating images that work for you, the process becomes faster.

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