I’d like some help brainstorming the fastest way to learn a language’s vocabulary.
Personally, I’ve basically perfected memorizing vocabulary quickly using mnemonics spaced on stressed syllables. However, I’m thinking it would be even faster if I organized these words in certain contexts, or “scenes”: Not exactly loci, but imaginary landscapes or buildings that are all completely different for different types of words.
A fairground with amusement rides to store all prepositions and conjunctions.
An open-country, pastoral-type setting to store all pronouns and articles.
A marketplace to store all adverbs and interjections.
So my approach would be to start with most frequent vocabulary (of course) and just keep adding to the scenes as I build.
For Spanish, I would start by placing the most essential conjunctions and prepositions (y, de, a, en, por, que) in the fairgrounds, essential pronouns and articles (yo, me, qué, no, la, el, lo, un, una) in the open country scene, and essential adverbs (sí, aquí, ya) in the marketplace.
After those are solid, add more conjunctions and prepositions to the fairgrounds (con, para, pero, del, al, como, si), more pronouns and articles to the countryside (te, los, se, mi, yo, eso, las, su, tu, le, esto, esta), etc.
After that point, I would want my Spanish character’s home to represent nouns. I would put common words in every room, and then add less common words to the same rooms, etc.
What do you all think of this?