IWTYAL 143: Master Your Memory Part 3

This is a 3-part series where you’ll learn to master your memory and learn new vocabulary faster.

If you haven’t heard Parts 1&2 yet, please do that first:

In this episode:

  • The “T” in the A.R.T. technique – Try!
  • Trying out your new vocabulary in conversation is the last part of mastering it
  • You need to get your new words off the page and onto the tip of your tongue
  • Find a safe person, such as a teacher or language partner, who can help you practise your new vocabulary in a controlled, non-pressure way
  • Remember, though, if you have followed the A. and R. part of the formula, using the vocabulary in conversation should be the easy part!

New Course – Master Your Memory!

I’m running a new course, where we’ll take the concept of the A.R.T. formula you learnt in this series, and put in into practice!

You’ll learn the 5 most powerful memory techniques of all, and I’ll coach you through applying them in your own language learning!

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  • Jami Haavisto

    Hey Olly, good stuff here, your podcast really struck a chord with me. I agree with the Attention and Repetition parts as well, but those are more about the fundamentals and the Try part is where the theory becomes practice and usable in the real world. As I have been learning to play instruments along my language projects and trying to find the best methods to effectively learn in general, I have come to a similar correspondence of learning by doing. With music and with pretty much anything creative (and I would say speaking in a foreign language is very much a creative activity) there is just that certain ‘je n’est ce quoi’ that can’t be taught and has to be discovered on your own by doing to find your own voice. Jazz is a very good example since it is so based on improvisation, interpretation, feeling and expression rather that the music theory behind it.
    I think this is the biggest reason many children of talented musicians would up great musician themselves. It’s not so much about genetics (which of course play part as well) but more to the sheer fact that they spend so much time listening, playing with and learning from masters of the trade vs. learning in a music class with other students and uninspiring material. Exactly the same way we all learn our mother tongue: by spending time listening, playing with and learning from experts vs. studying in a class with focus on grammar and lists of vocabulary.
    We should use the materials, resources and tools available to us to aid in our language learning journey, but the only way to perfect and master a language is to actively use it – a lot.

    • Thanks for your comment, Jami. I couldn’t agree more!

  • dandiprat

    This is one of your stronger podcast episodes. Good job.

    • Thank you! It was also mostly scripted – I wonder if that made a difference to the quality? (Not so much waffle!)