Home Forums Tips, Hacks, & Ideas For Learning Japanese The power of Loci Aka The Memory Palace

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    So If you are like me you find flash cards slow, aggravating and there are always those same words you keep forgetting no matter how many mnemonics you stick onto it. There is a better way. While flash cards should still be used to test your mettle, I recommend putting the appropriate vocab away in a memory palace first. I do not believe that flash cards should be used to start memorization itself but only for long term reinforcement.

    A lot of information about the technique can be found on the internet but the general idea is that our spatial memory is evolved to be extremely fine tuned. The technique takes advantage of that by translating locations in space into facts, numbers, vocab etc.

    Memory sport use this to compete in various kinds of memory challenges such as memorizing a deck of cards as fast as they can. But it the retention level is so long that it’s a no brainer for vocabulary.

    The following link is the most useful I could find on the internet.

    If you know of more resources for people to learn from I will be happy to check in every now and then and add them here.


    Cesar Romero

    Wow, i will give this a try.

    I just started using Anki and I am having such a hard time relating the pronunciation to the word. I can remember the kanji character just fine and can pronounce it in Spanish and English just fine, but getting the Japanese pronunciation stuck onto the kanji is becoming very difficult for me while using Anki as a primary memorizing tool.

    I will definitely give this a try. Thanks for the tip.


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