IWTYAL 141: Master Your Memory Part 1

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

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In this episode:

  • Is your memory as bad as you think it is?
  • My A.R.T. formula for memorising new words in any language
  • Selecting vocabulary to learn
  • The process of bringing attention (A.) to new words

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  • Ari Kiani

    Cool Podcast Olly, I’m trying to learn Italian and have found Anki to be the best tool for vocabulary building. I like how you said you have to be selective with the words, I noticed a lot of guides have pointless vocab that I’m never actually gonna use. Also, I’ve found that a good association tactic is when making flashcards, write down the word in the language you want to learn, and for the translation just add the image, not your native language, so your mind doesn’t have to take the time to translate it. I think the biggest thing I learned here is learning words inside its context rather than just the singular word, which is what I’ve been doing. Keep it up!

    • Images are cool – it’s just a question of how long it takes you to do it. I find it slows me down too much. I did a podcast episode on that actually.

      • Ari Kiani

        Yeah that’s pretty true actually. I started noticing after a few hundred words that I was getting worn out. Pretty new to your blog so I’ll have to check it out!

  • Luke smith

    I have an exampke haha, In cantonese Trafic light is “Hung luk dang”. Luk sounds like “look” as you look for cars before you cross the road. “dang” is part of “dang dang” that means wait as you have to wait at the traffic lights for it to change colour. Only sort of makes sense ahaha. My guess for “R” is repitition, I enjoyed this podcast thanks olly!

    • That’s a great mnemonic! Except in this case you actually have a literal translation to help you even further: 燈 (dang1) means “light” in English, so you’ve actually got a literal translation here!

  • Alfonso

    Thanks, very interesting!