How to use memory to boost your vocabulary (How to create a Memory palace?…
How to use memory to boost your vocabulary
What is a Memory Palace?
A Memory Palace is an imaginary construct in your mind that’s based on a real location. If you can see your bedroom in your mind, then you can build a Memory Palace.
THIS IS NOT JUST FOR VISUALS
How to create a Memory palace?
Step 1: Choose a familiar building and draw a floorplan. This can be your home, a school, church or movie theatre. It can be any building so long as you know it well enough to draw a floor plan.
Step 2: Form a linear path through the floorplan. Do this before you number your stations. Memory Palaces work best when you don't cross your own path or lead yourself into a dead end. Don’t cram every possible station into your first palace. Include the obvious locations like a bathroom, bedroom, living room, kitchen, as well as an entry point.
Step 3: Make a top-down list of those stations in linear order. This step is useful for testing purposes.
Step 4: Review your palace
How to use your Memory Palace
Paying attention in a special way to target words and phrases.
Encoding the sound and meaning of information using imagery and action so each word or phrase becomes memorable.
Decoding imagery and actions so you can move words and phrases into long-term memory.
Practical Tips for Using Your Memory Palace to Master a Foreign Language
Build a well-constructed Memory Palace using the principles you’ve just learned.
Relax. Memory techniques work best when you’re mentally and physically free from stress.
Memorize a selected list of words, ideally in alphabetic order.
Catalog the words, meanings and mnemonics either by hand on paper or in an Excel file or the equivalent.
Remove yourself from your written record or Excel file and all other materials that might cause you to cheat by looking up the meanings of each word.
Write out the words and meanings based on your memory on a piece of paper. Don’t worry if you miss a word or your associative imagery fails to trigger the sound and meaning of a word on your list. You can fix this later.
Check the list you produced from memory with your record.
Use these words in conversations, write them into a ten-sentence email and keep your eyes and ears open for them as you read and listen to your target language.