@thinkaboutthebible well, you’ve motivated me to write down my associations, I just never thought I’d have someone else interested in them, so I didn’t (yet). The E-Word dictionary from edenics.org has thousands of cognates (it’s $15 when I last bought it and a huge bargain). Don’t be distracted by the author’s religious speculations: the book is the best source I know for discovering cognates. As with all memory aids, “deeper meaning” isn’t relevant; we’re looking for easy associations and tricks.
I taught myself Hebrew in 75 weeks from Ha Yesod (search Amazon). I’m good enough to get by in Israel and certainly good enough to read and appreciate the aspects of the Bible that just cannot be translated. The word play and constant punning are irresistible, not to mention Gematria (more associations!).
The Old Bible is punchy, earthy, funny, and not in the least flowery or pretentious or willfully anachronistic in spirit like all translations I have ever read. It’s meant to be enjoyed and remembered by everyone regardless of religion. Start with the book of Jonah. It has a small vocabulary. Hebrew grammar is super logical and easy for anyone with a mathematical bent, like all us memory aficionados.
I really like the psalms as sung by the Yemenite Jews. It sounds like Arabic (which I also know) because they pronounce all the gutturals in a way that might be like Hebrew in the time of Moses. It’s chilling to listen to 3,500-year-old tunes of David (the original rock star!) kept alive and reverantly so. The modern pronunciation is ok for speaking, but I don’t like it for singing. Mechon Mamre has mp4s for the entire Hebrew Bible spoken by a wonderful reader in a strong Sephardi pronunciation that I like very much.