This page lists a number of resources that German learners will find useful, as well as links to memory books and courses you can try as part of your journey towards German proficiency. It’s a wonderful experience, isn’t it?
There’s also Warum Nicht? I was first introduced to this course when I studied German in a small church in New York City. It’s really enjoyable to go through when you’re a beginner.
German Flashcards has sent me a German phrase every day for years. They come with full phrases and the daily emails break down the entire phrases, and even come with reminders of the previous couple of words they sent you. It’s really great.
I really like the Langenscheidt Power Wörterbuch Deutsch. Admittedly, this resource is for people who have already made some strides with German. The reason is that the definitions are in simplified German. This feature allows German learners to advance rapidly because you are using German to understand German. It can take a while to get used to, and sometimes you won’t completely understand the meaning of a word this way. But as soon as you can fearlessly leap into a dictionary like this, the better.
Total German with Michael Thomas is interesting. His system receives a lot of criticism, but it is a valid way of learning. It’s kind of like sitting around the fire with a likable old chap who kindly, but sometimes sternly, corrects his students. I became so fascinated with Michael Thomas that I read Marilyne and Wyatt Woodsmall’s book about him. It’s called The Future of Learning: Freeing Minds One Person at a Time.
For learning that is visually fun, check out Ulrich Flemming’s Wild Things in the German Language: They Exist Only in the Dictionary. Rumor has it he’ll be doing a guest post around here sometime soon.
Like the subtitle says, Harry Lorayne’s The Memory Book is The Classic Guide to Improving Your Memory at Work, at School and at Play. Lorayne has lots of other books and his website is well worth visiting. Michael Senoff also have a great free interview with Lorayne for free on his hardtofindseminars.com website. It’s called You’re Only an “Aha!” Moment From Greatness.
Tony Buzan is a legend and definitely has his own spin on the ancient techniques of memory. Use Your Perfect Memory is my favorite of his many books. His appearance in Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything is fascinating, as is the entirety of Joshua Foer’s great book on the status quo of memorization in the contemporary sphere.
Dominic O’Brien reads his own audiobook, which makes Quantum Memory Power: Learn to Improve Your Memory with the World Memory Champion a great listening experience.
A lot of people used to groan when one of Kevin Trudeau’s memory infomercials came on TV. However, having listened to his Mega Memory audiobook, I actually think it’s good. The reason I like it is because when he teaches you how to memorize a deck of cards, he goes through each and every card in detail, showing you exactly how he memorizes each of the cards. Of course, you have to make up your own images, but being the kind of learner I am, I really appreciate that he takes the time to go into the nitty-gritty like this.
I like magicians and mentalists, so have to mention Richard Osterlind. His Easy to Master Mental Miracles includes some great memory work that you can add to your arsenal.
Derren Brown’s Tricks of the Mind has a large section on memorization. It’s one of my favorite books of all time. If you’re interested in magic, hypnosis and the ability to appear as if you’re reading someone’s mind, then it will be a favorite of yours two.
If you listened to the free Harry Lorayne interview I sent you to above, then you’ll have heard him say that no one wants to read about the technical and medical aspects of memory. I’m not sure if this is true. Brain Health: Simple Steps to a Better Memory lists over 6 different kinds of memory and offers a lot of research that I think any memory enthusiast will benefit from.
That’s all for now. Check back from time to time as I’ll be updating this space whenever I encounter or experience a new resource that I like.