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If you are trying to learn a new language, memory training techniques could help you learn and remember words more quickly. Language learning traditionally had learners repeating foreign phrases and words over and over. Though this can be useful for pronunciation, this is the worst way to try to remember anything. Rather, learners stand to benefit more from using particular memory techniques appropriate for language learning. These strategies can help you recall unfamiliar vocabulary even months or years later.



An effective memory method that can help you when you're learning a foreign language is to link foreign words to things that are familiar to you. Nonetheless, this relationship needs to be to a picture you can see in your mind, and this image should be made to be outrageous, something so silly or fantastic that it will be recalled.

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One trouble with recalling foreign words is that they are unfamiliar to us. They don't really make any sense to us. The key is to relate foreign words to things that we are familiar with. Next, we need to come up with absurd or silly images for those foreign words so they stick to our memory. Our brain has a tendency to forget the everyday or mundane things we experience. We don't generally recall boring things that we see or hear. The strange, the ridiculous, and silly things we see and hear are frequently remembered for many years. This is why it's crucial that the images you associate with foreign words are ridiculous or absurd.



Let's take the word "caliente" for example. It's Spanish for "hot". The Spanish word is not even close to sounding or looking like the word "hot". How will you remember it then? There are four syllables in "caliente" so you can try breaking it down. For the first two syllables ("cali"), you can actually connect it with the collie, the breed of dog, because they sound like it. The third syllable ("en") may simply be the English word "in", and the very last syllable ("te") could be associated with the word "tea". Even though the very last syllable of the word "caliente" is pronounced to rhyme with the English word "day", it's still close enough. So, connect your images together: a collie in a house with AC on a very hot day, and he's sitting sipping tea that's got a lot of ice.

It has to be pointed out that image association is different from person to person. Let's just imagine that in your case, if you ever see the word "caliente", you'll see a dog sipping tea inside a house on a hot day. This silly picture is etched in your memory and so whenever you see the word "caliente", you know that it means "hot".

You must realize that it takes a while for memory training approaches like this to be learned. When you first start practicing, it will be slow going; but when you get the hang of it with creating images that work for you, the process becomes much quicker.
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