I’m trying to learn Latin through this method: Dowling method
You can read the whole thing for an in-depth analysis but I will summarize the salient points here. The method consists of three steps:
- Learn some basic grammatical principles (things like the case of a noun, or conjugation)
- Learn all the declensions and conjugations from a table in the back of “Wheelocks” Latin textbook (freely available on this site: Dowling Wheel)
- Work through the direct-reader book: “Lingva Latina”, making sure to understand every case and conjugation of every word in every sentence.
After having done this, the user should be able to read any Latin text with the same ease and speed as his native language (the direct-reader book alone contains unaltered passages from Livy).
The question is how can you use mnemonics to considerably shorten step 2 (the author of the article suggests rote memorization, but as well all know, mnemonics are simply superior to such antiquated methods)? There are six tables to memorize each with a variable number of columns and about 5 data points (words) per column. All in all I’d say about 200 pieces of data. How would one go about memorizing this for fast recall (less than 1 sec)?
Any help would be appreciated.