I am new to memory techniques and have strategy questions for a larger goal.
I want to memorize the 5000 most frequently used French words in order to increase my reading level. I already speak french well enough to travel, and have a conversation, but not well enough to read the newspaper or read adult books. Also… I’m French… so I have some hangups about not having better language skills. I picked up “the memory book” and memorized random examples thought ‘holy crap, I can do this!’
So, I got the following books
- A Frequency Dictionary of French: Core Vocabulary for Learners
- A visual French English Dictionary
- A few memory books: Dominic's 50 weeks, The Memory Book, Make it Stick...
And I found a memrise.com flashcard set based on this frequency dictionary.
So, on with the questions!
With respect to memory techniques, assuming I want to memorize that whole book (eventually) what techniques should I use? Going in order seems the most useful, but what about thematic groupings? Are there techniques to add elements to a theme? Is it absurd to want to remember the frequency number? (Will adding this make it significantly harder?)
Thank you in advance!