There’s nothing quite like a trip to Tegel airport in Berlin for reviewing and learning new German. Especially with a cool word like “bereich.”
And today’s trip to the airport is extra special because I’m here to greet my fiancé, April. Today begins her adventure in Germany and our life together under one roof.
But even with all that excitement going on, I’m reading and speaking German at every opportunity. Living in Berlin as I do, it can be easy to become blind to the language, so it’s good to focus in and ask myself which words don’t I know yet.
Mnemonics Are Good For Review Too As You Learn German
More importantly, I like to ask myself which words do I know, but possibly don’t know well enough. Like “bereich.” I’ve gotten a lot better at the art of memory over the years by creating associative mnemonic imagery for words I don’t know, but also words I already do. It’s great practice.
As I’m waiting for April’s delayed flight to arrive, that’s exactly what I do. The place I want to rush into to see her before anyone else is blocked off to the public by frosted glass. But to make it abundantly clear for German speakers why lovesick people can’t get into this area, there’s a sign with the words, “Sicherheitsbereich – Zutritt verboten.”
We’re focusing just on bereich today, which means “area.” Put together with sicherheit, which can mean both safety and security, Sicherheitsbereich means Security Area.
Bereich is just one of those words I’ve come across a zillion times and generally understood. But I’ve never thought about it much and can’t recall having created a mnemonic for it before.
Learn German Memory Hack For Bereich:
The Bridging Figure
However, simply by putting on Magnetic Memory Method hat, it’s easy to come up with a great mnemonic image. And all the more so thanks to a mnemonic suggestion given by Richard Gilzean in my Learn German Memory Hacks Group where we take 30-day German vocabulary challenges. Check out Richard’s great German Phrases: The Ultimate How To Memorize Them Guide for a solid training in the Magnetic Memory Method for German phrases.
Part of the way the Magnetic Memory Method works involves the use of Bridging Figures. These let you attach singular images to word parts so you can easily create and follow a Memory Palace journey that encompasses a number of related words.
It’s Kind Of A Crazy Concept … But It Works!
A few of the members of the Learn German Memory Hacks Group are now using a bee or a group of bees to memorize German words that start with “be.”
But for me, Bender is a much larger character who comes with a built-in personality by default. Cartoon characters, movie stars, politicians and some larger-than-life sports figures bring this benefit.
Why are these strategic choices so important for your memory work?
Reduce The Drain On Your Brain
With Mnemonics For German
The answer is simple: Choosing characters with which you’re deeply familiar reduces the cognitive demand on your imagination. When people complain that they’re not imaginative enough to use mnemonics for learning German (or any language), they’re missing this important part of the Magnetic Memory Method:
You don’t have to be particularly imaginative. Just strategic in your choices. Even as an experienced mnemonist, I sometimes run out of ideas, which is why the Learn German Memory Hacks Group has been so effective: Members get to steep in the imaginative ideas of others every day.
Dive in. The strategy and imagination will rub off. And the only way you get good at these techniques is by using them. You must only begin, as everyone must when developing a new skill.
So how does Bender help be remember that “bereich” means “area”?
Easy. I already know the word “reich” in connection to being rich and reaching for something in German (erreichen). So I see Bender in my mind reaching for dollars in a protected area where percussionist Steve Reich is attacking his reaching arms.
It’s As Simple As That
Bereich is an important word. What image will you see to learn, remember and help you practice recalling it?
Once you’ve got your mnemonic image settled into your Memory Palace, don’t forget to use it in speaking, reading, writing and listening. If you don’t know the importance of doing so, check out Learn German Vocabulary With The Big Five Of Language Learning. I think you’ll find the article and accompanying video helpful.
Above all, have fun!
Additional Resources For Magnetizing
Bereich Into Your Memory Tight
Some cool phrases with bereich you can learn:
Bereich gemeinsamer interessen. This phrase basically means “area of common interest” and is usually used in military aviation.
Im Bereich des Möglichen. This phrase means, within the realm of possibility. A great one to have as you develop your German fluency.
Außerhab des Bereichs. This phrase means “out of range.”