Every now and then someone emails or leaves a review of How to Learn and Memorize German Vocabulary. They find aspects of the technique confusing.
“Anthony, what’s a mnemonic?”
“What does it mean to ‘amplify my memory?'”
These points are all explained in the book, but I guess it’s time that I explained them a little bit more. It’s true: the terminology of memorization techniques can be strange, and my unique additions to the field don’t necessarily jive with what the other memory experts say. (That’s a good thing).
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Mnemonic: Any device that aids the recall of something you wanted to memorize. But the trick is that the mnemonic is an association placed at a particular station within a specific location.
Location: A location is a mental journey or path that you wander in your mind. It’s something that you don’t have to remember because you know it very well. Like your house or the place you work.
Station: A station is a particular spot within that location. Your desk, your bookshelf, your kitchen blender. These are stations. Stations can be as big as an entire room or as small as a deck of cards.
Memory Amplification: What is memory amplification? It is any successful attempt to recall German words whenever you want with ease. Have you ever seen the movie Spinal Tap? In that movie, Nigel has a guitar amplifier that he can turn up to 11.
And yet, he sometimes “butchers” the music he plays …
This is exactly what you should be doing with your German. Turning it up to 11 and butchering as much of it as you can!
Yes, take those words and cut ’em up, slice ’em up and pound them raw with a mincing hammer.
Trust me, making mistakes works like magic. The memorization techniques I teach will help you bring the word, how it sounds and what it means instantly to mind. But going out and butchering the word in a sentence makes it perfect.
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