You guys, you and I both know that forgetfulness must be one of the most annoying elements that hold you back from learning a language. Remembering vocabulary can be difficult, especially with all those little words like prepositions and conjunctions. Personally, I am blessed with reasonable memory so I am a pretty good reviser, but as part of my research for The Vocab Cookbook I got to know a few new tricks!
For example, I got to meet one of the “gurus” of learning how to memorise stuff. Anthony Metivier is a Canadian living in Berlin, and spending some quality time in his memory palaces. If you get a copy of my book, you’ll be hearing directly from him about his methods. But today, I want to share a review about his work directly, because Anthony has some pretty firm ideas about language learning that he shares in his Udemy Course “How to Learn and Memorize the Vocabulary of Any Language”.
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Where Can You Learn This Method?
I like spending time on Udemy interacting with my own course crowd and discovering new ideas for what I could learn, and Anthony’s course does stand out quite a bit. Not only has it attracted over 5000 students already, but it’s also rated 5 Stars by most of the students.
Anthony’s course is huge, it’s split into 12 sections covering every possible angle of memorising vocabulary in a memory palace that you can imagine. He starts off by sharing his own story - like so many strong believers in a method they’ve discovered, he says that he actually used to be pretty bad at remembering stuff. In his words, the Magnetic Memory Method has completely changed his life. And with that in mind, it’s definitely worth checking out the course.
A full review for this course might run over thousands of words (and ain't nobody got time....well I'd just never do it!), so instead I recommend you check it out for yourselves over at Udemy. Here is my short link for you: http://bit.ly/memorizelanguage. Read on for a speedy review of the essentials - and my verdict on whether this might work.
Does it Work?
One of the core advantages of Anthony’s method is that the way he has put it together is pretty unique. The theories and the methods he works with are not hot off the press news but that’s irrelevant. They are tried and tested, and he does a great job of bringing everything together for language learners here. Do you currenly use a memory palace? Do you currently break a word into sounds and components while trying to remember it? If not, then you want to take a look at this stuff.
My own results for using word association and location have been extremely successful. You have often heard me mention sticky notes in your house, but I had never thought about using all of the different rooms together as “memory palaces”. It’s great - basically it’s taking the next step and now you mentally label your whole house (familiar places, that's the key), then move through it in your mind (though make sure you follow Lecture 7 to know what NOT to do). The real memory anchor is building mental images that you put into those memory palaces. So you build them, then you populate them, then you store and test, and then you never forget anything, like ever, again.
It’s not easy, it’s not spontaneous, it requires both dedication and spreadsheets. You better work through those 21 worksheets, but if you are ready to commit that much effort to your Magnetic Memory Method you will succeed! It does work and it will make even the most annoying little words stick in your mind for a long long time.
How I Applied It With Russian Vocabulary
For what it’s worth, here’s a picture of the little doodle I made when I first looked through this course - a mental map of a house (memory palaces), and the stairs populated with words that have the ц letter in them. It’s a sort of “ts” sound, so it reminded me of “st” in stairs. Yes, this already sounds crazy but the beauty of a great memory method is actually that it only has to work for you!! So in my stair room, there’s a bird bouncing down the stairs, making the sound “peep”! Why? Because Russian for bird is “pteetsa” (птица), and now I’ve bundled together the p from peep, the meaning of the word and the reminder that the spelling has a ц in it. I won’t forget the word any time soon, that bird is flying down my staircase all over my mind right now. So as you can see, Anthony’s guidance creates crazy associations - they are colourful, fun and so very memorable.
The pacing of the course is difficult to gauge because it’s obviously self-paced through videos. I would however recommend no more than one section per week and that means you can become a memory wizard in about 3 months here!
Value for Money
You getting soooo much time and tuition out of this course, and the benefits are extremely valuable if you only put your mind to it. Go with the exercises, complete the worksheet, and observe how Anthony’s methods really do improve your memory. For 97 dollars (and save money with the code FLUENTLANGUAGE, don't forget!!). At the current exchange rate, that’s actually a great deal.
The videos are focused on audio and projected words onto the screen, which is the area where I believe we have some room for improvement. I would *love* to see more of Anthony talking directly to us and demonstrating his method live as he moves around the memory palace. I would really love a few screencasts, seeing him take even better advantage of having video in this course. The audio quality is absolutely fabulous and I also really appreciate the written materials that Anthony supplies.
Anthony is a special instructor because he has that thing you do want in any teacher - full dedication to his subject. This man is living the Magnetic Memory thing, so he'll make sure it works for his students. Plus, his voice and calm delivery are very pleasant and add to the value. You may have seen my cat Abigail say hello in my own French Grammar Course on there, but Anthony is too much of a pro for that! Section 12 of this course is particularly special, as this is where he has added extra recordings to help course participants apply the method. The questions are all asked by language learners, meaning this section focuses on everything to do with memory and language learning. For example, in Lecture 50, he gives you a full walkthrough of the memory palaces that work for a Greek alphabet.
The Udemy Course “How to Learn and Memorize the Vocabulary of Any Language” offers great value for money and will keep you perfecting your memory method for months to come. It's not suitable for someone looking for a quick fix, but if you're dedicated and excited about learning something new, this will be for you. Pretty good videos, calm delivery and extensive documentation mean I'm giving this a 4.5/5.
Use this link to sign up: http://bit.ly/memorizelanguage. You will get the course at half price with the code FLUENTLANGUAGE, please do not forget to type it in.
If you have ever become confused about whether to spell the word for remembering stuff as "memorize" or "memorise", you're not alone. These days, it's tough to know which one to go with. Especially with the added confusion of autocorrect on phones and spell checker when you type, I don't even really know whether I am consistent anymore. Here is the lowdown:
- "Memorize" is the more widely popular and "official" (according to my 2002 Pons English Learners' dictionary) variant.
- "Memorise" is a British spelling variant, and less common.
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