So, I decided to chronicle my endeavors with the art of memory here on this forum. I am fascinated by the promises of mastering this skill, and perhaps by sharing my efforts here I will get new and experienced artists joining me, commenting, motivating and maybe even learning from me.
Today was my first go. I got an 8,000 vocabulary book that, at first, I hoped to memorize in 3 months. The vocab book is divided into 15 different categories (people, nature, home, etc.) including a category for verbs and another for grammar. Fearful of paralysis of analysis, I decided to follow the book’s own categorization, instead of re-categorizing the whole book by myself. Important to note, nearly every single noun (so, excluding verbs and grammar) has accompanying pictures.
I counted all the words in the first category (“People”), it came up to 268. Then I went out and set the area in my neighborhood that I will use as loci for this category. Then I went on to set images in each loci. Feeling overwhelmed, I kept myself to the first page - 11 words. I memorized them, but my mind first referred to the image it has of the page on the book, not to their respective loci. I wonder if this order of reference will be a hindrance to advancing the skill.
I will be away for the weekend, so I won’t try to build on my Memory Palace, but I will take a German grammar book to the trip with me in order to keep the language learning practice active.
To you that has taken interest in this budding mini-blog, thank you very much!