I’m new here, and I’ve been digging through many of the previous posts, and reading many articles. I’ve “built” my first memory palace, as well as a 0-9 number system, and I’m very excited by the possibilities!
I do need some advice, and haven’t seen anything yet that compares exactly to it.
I want to memorize the Qur’an, verbatim, in the original Arabic. Now, I don’t know Arabic, but I do know the alphabet and pronunciation, as well as a smattering of words. I would like to memorize the meaning of each word as I go through each verse. Where my trouble comes from is that I would like to pre-structure the system before I start, but I can’t quite figure out how to do it.
So, I’ll summarize a little of the structure of the Qur’an, and see if anyone has any ideas (I’m sure you will!).
The Qur’an is divided into 114 chapters, also known as “suras”. These chapters also have names that correspond to a particular passage within the sura, such as “an-Naas” (“Mankind”= sura 114).
These chapters are then divided into verses, or “ayah”.
This sounds pretty easy, but there are is a wide range of length: the longest chapter has over 200 verses, while the shortest chapters only have 3, with most chapters somewhere in between. Similarly, the word-count of verses varies widely: the longest verse has almost 200 words, while the shortest verse is one word (I believe the average is around 20 words).
Now, I started practicing with one chapter, using my main memory palace. I think the method is a bit complicated, but it seems to be working: each locus would correspond to a word, or sometimes two words it it makes sense to me. I would place there a person who I have associated with the first letter of the Arabic word, and somehow also include the meaning with the image. I was able to memorize 2-3 verses like this before I ran out of loci. (It worked well for those verses, except for one “t” word “tafarraqa” for “divided”. this tells me that maybe I should include something sound-alike in the image (maybe “taffy rock” ?), but since it needs to include the locus, as well as the “t” person, I would hope it doesn’t get too complicated!)
I then decided that I needed something more systematic. I thought of choosing 114 buildings, but that is a lot! Also, the longest few chapters are quite large, requiring many loci, while the shortest don’t need much space at all. I’m still leaning in this direction though, but I’m tempted to create artificial buildings that are themed based on the name of the chapter (al-Ankaboot “the Spider” would have spider webs, etc.).
I read about Gary Lanier’s method, but there’s something that just seems to not jibe with me. If you think that would work well for me, please let me know!
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!