Do you have a hard time memorizing nouns? Verbs? Those ridiculous conjugations?
Worry no more! Step inside E.T.'s son's mind on his memorization techniques!
Whenever I'm storing a new word in my hippocampus, whether it be a noun, verb, conjugation, conjunction, etc. I tend to associate that word (which is in French) with a word that is either similar in English or will help me remember what the actually French word is.
For example, I came across the verb "appeler" which means (call). I took the first three letters of that verb "app" and in my brain that 3 letter word will remind me of a "phone app" thus giving me the definition of call.
Another example, I came across the verb "cherche" which means (seeks/look). I took the first four letters of that verb "cher" and associated those 4 letters with the pop star "cher". I even made a sentence that not only includes the 4 letters but the actual definition: "Cher is (looking) for her anti-aging cream" Lmao.
What about those complex conjugations? You need to look at a few of these verbs and realize that some have a pattern to them like verbs that end in 'ER'.
I tell myself I'm in the "Emergency Room" and a patient needs their leg amputated. So I take my sword (Not that sword Wink Wink Lmao) and cut off the last two letters of that verb and then with glue, apply the appropriate endings with my "sword" (i.e., e, s, e, ons, ez, and ent). =D
Thus my memory storage is easier to recall and its fun to store information.
Does anyone else have fun techniques in memorizing structures of another language?
[know-it-all-mode-on] you don't actually store memories in the hippocampus. At least not in the long term. Memories are mostly stored in neocortex. [know-it-all-mode-off] Forgive me for that. :)
Appart from that, yes, the technique you suggested really does works. It's called deep encoding and is much more effective than shallow encoding or simple rehearsal without adding meaning.
I tend to imagine nouns in a way that (stereotypically) represents their gender -- especially for French, where it is less easy to guess (less consistent rules than e.g. Spanish). So, for example I imagine a baguette in a dress, with red lipstick and so on.
That's a great technique. Not sure if you've done this or not, so I'll just tell you. You don't want to simply make a sentence. Try imagining a crazy scene of, for example, "Cher looking for her anti-aging cream". The crazier and more absurd the better. Make sure to put as much detail as possible. What is she wearing? Where is she? What objects are surrounding her? Try to take at least ten seconds creating this image. The brain loves detail.
Here's an example of how I can remember the gender of the word "calle" in Spanish. "Calle" is feminine, so with an article it would be "la calle". So what I would do is imagine a street, with pink (feminine) banners all through the street. People (maybe all women?) wearing pink clothes in the street, and maybe even a really big, pink banner that says in big letters "La Calle". Then you start to add details. What kind of font are these letters? (You don't have to know the name of the font, just what it looks like of course. Make your own font!)
Remember that this is my image, so it wouldn't work as well for other people because I made it. The brain remembers things that it creates much easier.
I recall that term awhile back but its cool I'm actually using a coined technique. I'm LMFAO at this example in the article : "For example, in trying to assist the learner to remember ohel, the Hebrew word for tent, the memorable sentence "Oh hell, there's a raccoon in my tent" can be used"
Lmao that's exactly how I would try to remember that word to! Oh Hell there's a alien (E.T.) in my bed! =D
Good technique, although I'd look for English words of the same descent, if there are any. For example, "appeler" is keen to English "appeal", if I'm not mistaken, and "chercher" to English "search".
I heard that about 2/3 English words came from French! This is an amazing foundation.