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Memory Techniques For Learning a New Language
posted by: Alana | September 26, 2016, 03:10 PM   

By: AAE Member Dave Mitchell


Language is a medium to communicate. People use languages to communicate either with people of the same language or a different language. Learning a new language is very interesting; however. it requires a lot of memory techniques to master. It is always a new experience, both exciting and adventurous, requiring complete interest, concentration and dedication.


There are several methods to learning a new language including different techniques for learning and remembering; however, it always requires an appropriate amount of time.




Memory techniques that aid in learning a new language are very important for the learner. They require one to follow the right path in the right direction to attain the desired target, or else the efforts will not be productive. Here are some memory techniques that can help the language learner.


Techniques Children Adopt

When a child learns to speak, the language used by his elder is a new language for him. The problems he faces when learningthat language are similar to those which adults encounter when they try to learn a new language. Hence, observing a child’s behavior while he’s trying to learn to speak can help a lot in learning a new language.



People are very much aware of their personal environment, no matter whether they are children or adults. Hence, forming links between things around them and the words of a new language can be very helpful. This link building is called forming mnemonics. It is a learning technique that helps information retention by transcribing the information in a form the human mind can retain better than its original form. In this process the information is usually broken into parts and is retained in the audible form or in the form of a short poem. The learner can also do it in his own suitable way.


For example:  To make it easy and interesting for children to learn the alphabet, teachers prefer to sing the ABC song frequently rather than just making them read and learn. In this way the song sticks to their mind and it becomes easier for them to recall alphabets when they start learning to spell words.


Similarly, if a person will associate words with his native language, with the things around him or with songs, it will become easier for him to memorize the words of a new language.


Reading the Newspaper or Articles

Since newspapers and articles, etc. are a very good source of improving vocabulary, establishing and maintaining the routine of reading those on a regular basis can also be very helpful. Keep a dictionary with you, mark the words you don’t understand, discover their meaning and jot them down in a place where you can check them easily.


A Psychological Technique

Psychology teaches us about many ways to accomplish difficult tasks. Parapsychological researchers have proven that a child’s mind is a million times more fertile to adopt, learn and memorize things as compared to an adult’s mind because it is completely open not only with respect to its conscious parts but also to its subconscious areas. It has also been proven that once a thing is stored in the subconscious mind, it can never be removed.


Hence the researchers have built many programs which help the learner open his subconscious mind, bringing it to the level of a fresh mind like that of a child. After this, whatever the person will see, hear or try to learn will stick to his mind forever and it will become easier for the learner to master the language.  Although this technique is a little time consuming and slightly more expensive than the others, it is worth it.


The learning of a language is always a good experience to remember. For the learners at the beginner’s level, the foremost thing is to concentrate on it and dedicate ample time to it. With the above discussed memory techniques the learning will become easier and one will get the desired result in very little time.


Do you have any techniques to add to this list?

Tell us in the comments below!


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