I’m really behind on my plan to learn Esperanto. My work just takes up too much time. (A problem that I’m trying to fix at the moment.)
The positive side of not having seriously worked on Esperanto for more than a few days means I can test myself. I have until July 30th to memorize vocabulary and grammar. Then one week of immersion and classes at the Lernu Meeting in Slovakia. I’ll see where I am by that point. Read more
I’ve been traveling for about two weeks and am very behind on most of my memorization projects. Read more
Last night I tried to memorize the definite and indefinite articles in Modern Greek. My original idea was to create a 9-step journey and place two definite articles in every locus. Here’s a chart of the information to be memorized: Read more
I’ve visited Greece many times, but have never learned the language beyond a few basics and some vocabulary. The most difficult challenge in learning Greek is the complex grammar.
Here are some examples of the difficulties: Read more
The video about Dr. Yip Swee Chooi’s memorizing a 1774 page dictionary keeps coming up in discussions about memory, so I decided to make a blog post that I can link to to reference the video (easier to find than the YouTube video).
Here is the video: Read more
In a few previous blog posts I’ve mentioned my mnemonic system for sounds. I’ve posted the mnemonic key online before, but the chart isn’t really self-explanatory.
The basic idea is that my mnemonic system for numbers and cards has a strict pronunciation method. Each one of the 2800+ images has a one syllable pronunciation. If I encounter nonvisual sounds in words or poetry, I have an large vocabulary of images that can be hooked onto the sounds. Read more
Here’s a quick example of how I’m applying my phonetic system towards memorizing things in daily life.
I’ve been reading up on grammar, because I write a lot but have forgotten a lot of grammar rules. One thing that was still causing problems for me was lie, lay, lain, laid, lying, and laying. Read more
Lately, I’ve been really busy with work, and haven’t done as much with memory as I wish I were doing. I’m about to leave to Hawaii for a week, though I’m not sure how much free time I will have.
Though I haven’t had time to work on memorizing Portuguese vocabulary, I’ve been listening to the Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese CDs. The Pimsleur System is very interesting. I think they have the best audio materials for learning languages that I’ve come across so far. Read more
I’m getting closer to finishing a mnemonic systems for sounds. Read more
I listed out about half of the 201 Portuguese verbs from my book in three columns on a pad of paper. I started memorizing the verbs that end with -ar, placing them in a field at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Here are some examples of how I’m doing it: