https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kcheng0222

FUN ways to remember French words?

Hi,

To help me remember french words, I often make up images in my head to help me remember.

For example:

To remember "poisson" (which means fish), I imagine a poisoned fish lying on the ground.

How do YOU guys remember your french words? Do any of you use tactics similar to mine? If so, what are some examples?

Thanks.

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February 16, 2016

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/themerrymacaron

For 'desole' (sorry) I think of being desolate on an island because I did something bad. Then I say 'desole' and can get off that island. :)

February 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ripcurlgirl

That's a good one. I kept forgetting "doit" but I associated it with "Just do it!" Never forget it now. :)

February 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JeanneGamache

Sing! Go to youtube.com and try Celine Dion. I can sing "Les Cloches Du Hameau " means The Bells of the Village. I like the version with her family. Many have English translations.. Start with children's songs. Frere Jacques. The brain seem to remember songs more easily. Strange!!

February 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yupyeah

i'm old school and so I just revise from a list of words - memory is better RIGHT before sleep, I also do psychology so the memory unit helps me revise as well - our bodies function better later in the day, so it is a lot easier to concentrate. Lay in bed and read various words/phrases to yourself, then turn the lights out and sleep, this way, the new information enters your long term memory STRAIGHT away, where as if you try to revise in the day, you NEED to rehearse the info more, so my advice is to revise right before sleep

February 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kershe

Well, there is Memrise which I use for about a year now - it combines mnemonics with flashcard system in the most effective way. It is free and the most popular courses have many images for each new word, constructed in the same way you use right now - it even has courses specifically dedicated to Duolingo French vocabulary :)

February 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichaelHallbck

Nice, you're using a very ancient mnemonic technique, but you could improve it by making sure to place for example the poisoned fish at a specific location, and adding smells and other senses, like how slimy the fish might be etc. It's called "The method of Loci" (location).

Our brains are adapted for remembering spectacular things and if you add a location you just have to go there in your mind to pick up the clues and reconstruct the word whenever needed.

February 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

I find it helps to think of derivatives : )

February 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kcheng0222

What are some good examples?

February 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

Well, like poulet, chicken, there are pullets

February 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klange05

i usually remember most of them in my head, but occasionally i will do the same thing. For frere i sing frere jaques. like soures, i think of sour because sisters are often mean.

February 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/themerrymacaron

Clever!

February 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bolla0

aléatoire - random

Very different to english - but then I remembered Cesar crossing the Rubicon while uttering "Jacta est alea" meaning "the die is cast" and alea being the die. And then i started thinking of random as "dieish" which is crazy enough for me to remember the french word - I get it if nobody thinks this is any fun though -)

February 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KrishnaJani

this is really a good way to remember even I think of poison for fish and for pronouncing water I remember loo for l'eau (water)...sounds funny but it helps! also for pronouncing 'beaucoup' in merci beaucoup...i remember my mother tongue word 'bakku' which is pronounced exactly as beaucoup in french. though the meaning is different 'Bakku' means dear in Gujarati language (Indian language).

February 19, 2016
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