Skip to main content

IWTYAL 142: Master Your Memory Part 2

The second part of a video series by Olly Richards focusing on techniques to help foreign language learners improve their ability to remember vocabulary.

I had to watch this one because I want to learn more words! I like to watch videos to see what has worked for other people.

I enjoyed this video because Olly Richards reminds me why I don't like flash cards. Using flash cards hasn't really helped me in the past. As he explains, it is because I wasn't making the associations needed to make the repetition of vocabulary useful. Even when I was spending hours adding photos to my Anki cards, I got tired of using all my time creating the flash cards cards.

Basically, my main "system" for learning vocabulary is what Olly Richards describes in this video as mass input. I have taken control of where I get my mass input because I'm a paid subscriber at LingQ. On their site I read and listen to podcasts, or I also import information from other sources.

I don't start to "study" vocabulary until I realize that I'm having problems memorizing a word. How do I know I'm having a problem? At LingQ, their is a system makes it very easy to identify strong or weak words.

Incidentally, I have lived for several months in a country where I was surrounded by my target language. Before I left the English speaking world, I had stopped my membership at LingQ because I knew I wouldn't have reliable Internet. Once I got to the other country, I missed being able to control the repetition so much that half-way through my trip, I enrolled again at LingQ.

Here are some ideas I've used to work with problem words...

I don't like flash cards. I don't even use them at LingQ (often). Instead, I write problem words and sample sentences in my language notebook. I get my repetition because if I'm still having trouble with a word, I write more sample sentences in my language notebook.

The closest I've come to using the concept of flash cards is that I write words on sticky notes and place them near every day items in my home. I typically add short sentences and phrases to the sticky notes. Every time I am doing my laundry, I practice reading and saying "throw it in the washing machine" in my target language.

And now for episode 3...

Popular posts from this blog

I Love (Fill in the Blank) T-Shirt

I Love (Fill in the Blank) T-Shirt by annaleeblysse
Design your own personal shirts online at Zazzle.
What is it that you love? Let the world know what you love the most with this fully customizable tee. The "Fill in the Blank" text below the "I Heart" design can be changed.

As you can see in the image below, the size of the heart design can change if needed to match the added text.

I just got done watching Michael Phelps get his 8 for 8 gold medals.

Tags: i love, i heart, hot pink, pink, red, heart, heart design, customize, gift idea, personalize, template, tee, cute, custom, personal, create your own tee, fill in the blank, T-shirts

Updated 5/5/2016

Владимир Высоцкий «Охота на волков» — песочная анимация Тори Воробьёва

Wolf scene sand animation art

Irish Shamrock Sneakers Keds Shoe

Irish Shamrock Sneakers Keds shoe by Custom_Shoes
Irish Shamrock Shoes green white

White shamrocks against a green background on the Women's Champion Lace Up ~ The original Champion sneaker provides the perfect blank canvas to design your true expression. Style and comfort make the Champion canvas sneaker an undisputable wardrobe essential for every woman. (starting at $60.00)

Irish Shamrock Sneakers by Custom_Shoes
Create your own personalized shoes on
Browse more Major Holidays Keds Shoes