Usually how long does it take you to fully memorize a word and get it into your long-term memory?
For me, it takes about two days : one when I completely forget it after an hour or two (if it isn't a familiar word) and the second day when I see it once and don't forget it the whole day. Mostly, I clearly remember it the third day too.
This is just a simple question out of curiosity.
What I am going to do for 2016: Purchase a 2016 diary. Each day, write five new words into the diary and learn them. At the end of each week, test yourself on the words you learnt that week.
That sounds like a great idea, I have an app called vocabulary trainer that you might find useful , you get flash cards of words with a picture, the English and the German, it plays a soundbit then after a group of these words (7, 14 or 21) you get a quiz.
I note down the words and make flashcards I can fit in my pocket, but I think I will try your method as well.
In the one I usually get, there is a page next to each week, so I am also going to write grammar,culture tips etc.
I have a notebook for every language and I have two categories in it : grammar and vocabulary. At the end of the notebook I write irregular verbs or any exception from usual patterns and vocabulary words (going in reverse : from the last page to the middle)
Oh, also I make sure to note the pages from right to left. When I'm doing a grammar lesson I write at the end " Irregular verbs references : pages 1-7"
You sound more organised than me. I only started organizing all my German in a notebook this week, before it's been in my regular notebooks, which contain a mix of diary, plot ideas, snatches of stories, calculations and languages. Whoever inherits my notebooks is going to be so confused.
How can you know that something is in your long-term memory after two days? To test if you remember something over a long-term, requires you to wait for something like a long-term.
The idea of spaced repetition is that we will repeat and reinforce what we learn. Eventually, the vocabulary will enter the long-term memory.
Well, yeah. But if you have no trouble recognizing it after 2 days, 3 days, a week, 3 weeks, a month, a year, so on.... it's in the long term memory obviously.
Obviously, if you were to test yourself over those intervals you would know.
Obviously. But that's not what you said in the original post. "Long term" is not established in three days. What if you don't use the word for three months?
Ok, assuming you use those words. How much does it take for you to get an understanding of the set word without say, looking at the translation?
Depends on the word, the language, how hard I'm trying and in what manner it's been presented to me. I generally find German easier than Polish but there's a couple of words I've apparently been very lazy about and still don't know after weeks 'using' them, whereas some Polish words (usually those with pronunciations on the Memrise course) I've learned from zero in a couple of days through trying very very hard XD Whether they stick is of course something I've yet to discover.
Yesterday I discovered that I'd remembered niedźwiedź (bear) after encountering it just once, months and months ago, but I can't get mężczyzną (man) right twice in a row having gone over it maaaany times.
It depends on the word and the associations I make when I first learn the word. I think "toll" went straight in my long term memory because I laughed when I first saw it. Toll is German for awesome or great and I first saw it in the sentence "Du bist toll!" who wouldn't grin at being told "you are awesome!" and so I made all these connections and happy associations with the word.
Some words are similar to English I can connect them that way, "Hund" sounds like "Hound" so I connect it to dog. Usually takes a few lessons to reinforce words like that, and make sure I am spelling the German word rather than the English word I've connected it to.
Other words, like Gemüse took several attempts because I had trouble connecting it with vegetables. I now recognize it when I see it, and I can recall the word immediately but it takes me forever to remember how to spell it.
Mostly it depends how much work I put in, and i know if I took a break from German for a year I would struggle to remember most words, although I do think I would be able to pick it up again quicker. They might be in long term storage, but it would take a while to dig them out of the closet.