Some quick background info: My language-learning goals include achieving native proficiency in Japanese and French, but the greatest obstacle for me is time. I’m currently a senior chemical engineering student, so time is scarce. I also work and have other responsibilities to attend to.
Several days ago I decided to begin using memory palaces to help boost my vocabulary in both languages. The basic idea can be summarized here:
The mnemonic images are a composite of two images, one for the semantic component and one for the phonetic component.
Current groups for French:
Misc. nouns (not considered above): old Blockbuster, Reno
Verbs // starting palace: UNR DMS building, starting at the steps
Adjectives // starting palace: old Reno house, cul-de-sac
Adverbs // starting palace: Starbucks
Other connectors // starting palace: old Reno house, two-story
Expressions // starting palace: SM 64 level, Whomp’s Fortress
I’m working on making a similar list for Japanese.
I’m currently between semesters in school, so during this time I set the following goals:
50 words/day in French
25 words/day in Japanese (Japanese takes substantially more time than French because of the attention given to the characters.)
Come up with some sustainable routine that I can use during the upcoming semester.
Today I learned 50 words in French and over 25 words in Japanese.