I heard a novelist say recently that people who don’t like people are incapable of writing good stories. Well, I don’t think that the French novelist Celine liked people very much, but no matter how odd his writing was, he sure could turn an interesting screw.
Nonetheless, I had to wonder if this principle about liking people applies to memorizing the vocabulary of foreign languages.
How it works is that you sign up for free and then contact people who are native speakers of your target language.
You write half the time with this person in your mother tongue and half the time in your partner’s language.
This is a brilliant method for picking up new vocabulary to stick into your Magnetic Memory Palaces and a great way to call upon the words you’ve already Magnetized.
Sometime ago I put together a detailed list of 88 themes that you can use to really make these discussions interesting and vibrant – both for yourself and your partner.
These themes can be found at the end of Volume 2 of the Magnetic Memory newsletter.
They’ll help you memorize new vocabulary with panache. Guaranteed.
Liking people is the real secret to memorizing vocabulary.
If you’re interested in them, they’ll be interested in you. And the more you show an interest in helping them, the more they’ll show an interest in helping you (or at least, that’s how social theorists say it ought to work).
And that’ll get the two of you talking.
You’ll have more things to talk about than the the stars have moons.
How do you get there?
All you have to do is pick one of those themes in Volume 2, think of ten words that go with the theme, pop them into your Memory Palaces, and then use them in your next email to your Polyglotclub.com Pen Pal.
It just doesn’t get any easier.
And if you need help remembering names and faces, this video will help you out:
Want more help? Love to learn by watching videos?
Until next time, tell someone what you’ve learned about memorization. Teaching a skill is one of the best ways to learn it and helping people improve their memory is one of the best ways we can make the world a better place. The more we remember, the more we can remember. And the more we learn, the more we can learn.