What is a Memory Palace and why should I use memory techniques to learn German?
A Memory Palace is a way of organizing and reviewing information in your mind that you would like to place in long term memory. Countless studies have proven the effectiveness of Memory Palaces for language learning and the Magnetic Memory Method you will learn here has received the thumbs-up from world renowned polyglots like Olly Richards and Benny Lewis.
You should consider using a Memory Palace to learn German if:
You’d like to reduce the amount of time spent on reviewing new vocabulary.
You’re tired of the frustration of forgetting what you’ve learned.
You’d like to increase your imagination, concentration and memory in ways that are fun, easy and get new German vocabulary and phrases into your head fast.
How Do I Choose The Best Memory Palace?
Just think of a building with which you’re familiar. Often the first location that comes to mind is best. It could be a school, church, home, movie theater or any place with which you’re familiar.
If you have a hard time thinking of places, here’s How To Find Memory Palaces.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try creating a Virtual Memory Palace.
Can I Use A Memory Palace More Than Once?
Yes. You just need to watch out for The Ugly Sister Effect. Once you’ve got a handle on it, this issue (sometimes called “ghosting”) can actually an asset, rather than a problem.
How Do I Memorize German Vocabulary
So That It Lasts For The Long Term?
The simple answer is to use it. As I talk about in the How To Memorize A Textbook episode of the Magnetic Memory Method Podcast, you can actually do more than create long-term memories.
You can create knowledge. Real knowledge.
What Books Do You Recommend For
I prefer a monolingual dictionary for learning German, provided that it has good phrases. I recommend Langenscheidt Power Wörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache.
The Dictionary of German Slang and Colloquial Expressions is also fun, but beware of memorizing too many regional turns of phrase. What works in Berlin could well produce quizzical looks in Bremen.
Finally, read novels and articles that match your current level. A lot of people try to read children’s books, but these often prove more complex than material for adults. Focus on material that interests you and see if you can’t pick up just one word per day at the beginning. It will make a difference.
Do You Give Memory Coaching?
On an exclusive basis, yes. The Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass is my preferred mode of teaching memory techniques, but if you’re truly serious about one of the finest personal memory training programs, please apply here.