I am a beginner at making mnemonics. I came across this problem when I decided to memorize the 5,000 most common French words through a French Frequency Dictionary.
French’s first few most common words have many meanings depending on context. For example “le” can mean the, him, her, it, and them depending on how you use it.
If I say “J’ai le menu” (I have the menu) - le in this instance is “the”
If I say “Je l’ai” (I have it) - the “le” which is contracted refers to the “it” now, in other words it means “it” as opposed to “the”
And so on…
How do you create a mnemonic for a word like that which can mean different things? I mean would it work if you just added all those meanings into the mnemonic or would it get confusing?
I suppose this is also tied to learning a bit of grammar. Because in French you can’t say “J’ai le” (I have it) - that wouldn’t work - in other words, you can’t use the same word order in French as in English. Which leads me to the thought: how do you even begin to memorize grammar rules and all their exceptions?
Would love to find a solution to this. Thank you for reading.