What I will never forget

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  1. Piero Canova says : Reply

    я работал на первом этаже и вдруг землетрясение ! Я встал и тотчас вышел из дому. Я не хотел, что неба мне падает на голову.
    я подслушивания, я читаю, я по-русски говоришь, пока, вызванные моментом, чтобы говорить естественно.

    • Patrick says : Reply

      Hi Elena-
      In my experience, repetition is key. That´s why I like to study the vocabulary that I find in stories: I can repeat those stories many times after studying the new words until they leave a print on my brain. Often, the actual sentences and phrases from the stories stick in my head, so i repeat them, sometimes out loud. This really helps me learn new words.

      • Giancarlo says : Reply

        Elena,
        as you point out, deep learning is often connected with an emotional state. I mean, you best remember what made you feel emotioned (in a positive or in a bad way). I am trying to use this with my students everytime I can: sometimes it is just a matter of tone of voice, sometimes you need a most physical approach (a pat on the back could do wonders to reenforce a concept). It is quite difficult to explain.

        As far as learning a new language is concerned, the point is the same: I found that I tend to remember what is connected with some emotional situation (for example, I easily remember the word кошмар, because my russian teacher usually pronounced it everytime I made a mistake).

        But this is a process that is quite difficult to reproduce at will. Sometimes it simply happens!

        • Mike Good says : Reply

          “Spaced Repetition” seems to work best for me to remember new vocabulary. If a new word is encountered multiple times over days, weeks, or months, it becomes further solidified in long term memory.

          Also, there seems to be some research showing that the process of writing down new vocabulary helps recall, although I don’t use this method.

          Finally, I think that we activate the kind of memory you have of the earthquake when something is VERY RELEVANT to us. Some things I remember simply because I REALLY WANT TO REMEMBER. Strong desire / need focuses the mind and increases the ability to remember.

          What does not work for me is rote memorization, because I simply don’t enjoy it.

          • Darcy says : Reply

            To retain new vocabulary is difficult. This is true. However, I try to attach emotions to words and I find it helps a lot. Emotions stay with us longer than knowledge because they give a deeper experience. This is why video is so important for me. It gives more emotion than just words on a page or words spoken. If I was very diligent, after watching your videos a few times, I would turn off the sound on your videos and try to retell the story as the video plays along. However, I don’t have the energy or time to do this at the moment. To speak Russian fluently you need to think in Russian and not just repeat what you hear. Also, for long term memory I find apps like Memrise work well. Spaced repetition is the key.

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