To start with, I have been searching a lot on the forums for answers and my questions are coming from an inability to find answers to my questions, and observing some disagreement among some seasoned mnemonic dudes on various threads. I also understand the basics of mnemonics from the e-book. I’m acquainted with the method of loci, keyword-links, and other systems.
I’m a beginner in mnemonics and Arabic, and I’m trying to find the best method for learning Arabic as a native English only speaker. I’ve read @Paolo 's post about memorizing a ton of vocab w/ the memory palace (15,000 in 3 months); it kind of lit a fire in me for what’s possible. I also was fascinated by how he structured his memorization alphabetically.
I realize that people need to try out many different systems to see which one works best for them, however it seems that on this forum there is some general consensus that the mind palaces work extremely well for everyone.
Hence, I want to try out the mind palace technique. But in order for me to know if it’s effective for me, I need to know two things related to how to do the memory palace:
How to fit a ton of information into a smaller area. How do you fit 50 words in one room? I understand the intro ebook where you pan left to right, and use objects. In that example however there were only a few objects which = a few things to know. But how do you manipulate the room or palace in order to put a ton of words in it (i.e., a memory palace for adjectives?) More palaces? According to the ebook, I could only memorize 50 things in my house therefore I’d need like 100 houses. a Portal? Idk what that is, i just saw it on a thread somewhere. Make the room bigger? What’s too big and too small?
What’s the best way to organize a mind palace(s) taking language structure into account? (i.e., nouns, verbs, prepositions, connectors, etc.? Alphabetically? Some combo of alphabetical with categories [i.e., alphabetical verbs]? )
So far my method have been using Anki cloze deletion flashcards utilizing the “keyword link” technique (which I assume is making a image or movie concept of the foreign word in your own language). @LikeARollingStone prefers Anki cloze deletion over memory palaces, though I’m not sure why.
I have 3 card types for each word.
Front Side: The word for “street” is _____? (type in answer)
Back Side: Sheiri3 (street), with audio button, image of a street, mnemonic link (imagine a street sharing abba CDs by spitting them out of the asphalt). Gender link
Front: What’s the concept link to Sherei3? (image of street included)
Back: Street sharing abba CDs by spitting them out of the asphalt.
Front: Whats word for “Imagine a street sharing abba CDs by spitting them out of the asphalt”?
Back: Sheiri3, other info
This achieves the two way keyword-link and link-keyword recall that I saw was recommended on some forum threads. It has been helpful, however I’m wondering if memory palaces would be better to use in tandem with this.
@metivier mentioned in a reply on Paolo’s thread that It’s better to not memorize things into “empty space”, as is the case with the keyword-link method. So maybe a memory palace is better?
About me: I have about 25 hours a week to learn the language. Goals: basic speaking fluency, writing fluency, and reading fluency. Speaking is most important to me, although reading and writing is especially helpful for speaking Arabic. (perhaps a frequency dictionary taking top 2000 arabic words, and learning them in alphabetical order would be most effective? thoughts?)
I understand memory palace is a better method for passive acquisition (reading, hearing) according to @Paolo’s post, but it was also mentioned that it can still supplement and improve active actions (writing, speaking). I want to know the best possible system to produce the greatest synergy amongst methods taking into account things like Anki, memory palaces, other mnemonic methods, language structure, etc., to learn as quickly as humanly possible. I’m currently in a month-long intensive classroom course for basics of Levantine (lebanese) arabic. I’ve found it extremely helpful in learning grammar rules and other arabic rules. Maybe when I’m done I’ll be able to have a better idea of how to organize the language elements (nouns, verbs, prepositions, etc.) for memory palaces.
Do you have any advice?
Maybe I’m getting too far ahead of myself here - I’m just really interested in learning from people here and I’d love some advice and thoughts here. I have many more questions, but I thought I’d save some space since this is a massive post