The German Professor Who Defends Memory Techniques for Language Learning

SS-Arm-Chair-002-150x150Dear Memorizers,

I’ve been talking the past few days about some negative beliefs people hold about their memory abilities, but today I’m taking a break from that to share with you an interesting YouTube video I found. It’s an interview conducted by Peter Heinrich with Dr. Horst Sperber.

It seems that Dr. Sperber has been a strong force in bringing mnemonics to German language schools and I’m very glad to have learned about his work. From the little research I’ve been able to conduct since I found this video yesterday and writing to you this morning, it seems that his focus is on using visualizations without the use of locations. I also don’t know the extent to which his techniques apply only to German, or which might be universally applicable (or at least adaptable).

In any case, I’ll update you when I know more about his approach.

In the meantime, this interview is conducted in German, but there are English subtitles so anyone can follow along.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this video:

* How Dr. Sperber became involved with mnemonics, including how astounded he felt after reading his first book on the topic.

* Why he felt the need to incorporate memorization techniques into his language teaching methodologies as soon as possible.

* How he managed to reach 10, 000 teachers with his mnemonic methods.

* How students who used mnemonics score 94% on an exam versus the 60% success rate of those who used rote learning – quite a difference!

*Why you need to make your associative images as “bizarre” as possible.

* Why mnemonics should be a fundamental part of all language learning.

Here’s the link to the video. Enjoy!

Until next time, make sure to teach someone what you have learned about memorization. It’s the best way to deepen your own understanding and to help make the world a better – and more memorable – place. The more we remember, the more we can remember, and the more we learn, the more we can learn.

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