I saw this beautiful infographic recently about 7 fun ways to improve your memory, but I’d like to add to it. Not only are these 7 fun ways to improve your memory, they can also help with learning German.
But first the infographic from The Memory Improvement ( unfortunately, the site seems to have disappeared). Have a look at it, then once you’ve scrolled down, see my additional comments to each point.
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Here are my thoughts:
Next time you do some German writing, draw some doodles around it, or draw little pictures matching the words or sentences you are writing. Try doodling when you listen to something in German. The infographic says that people remembered more when they doodled, so why not try it when doing your German homework or some extra practice. Note: I do not recommend you do this on anything official you might be writing, even if it is German ☺
- Smell the rosemary
… and remember what it’s called in German, and while you’re at it, check out what other herbs are called in German – and enjoy their smells, too.
- Clench your fist
“Researches think the movements activate brain regions key to the storing and recall of memories.” So, get yourself a stress ball and squeeze it while learning new German words or grammar!
- Play brain games
Brilliant! Play one of the many online games that teach you some German. Not only will you learn more German, you’ll also do something to improve your memory in general.
- Master a new skill or a language
I don’t really need to add anything to this, so go and master the German language!!!
- Get out of your comfort zone
When people ask me what type of activities are the best for learning German I normally tell them to find something they like doing. That way they enjoy doing the extra practice and will continue to do them. But maybe, every so often, challenge yourself and do something different and see what happens. You are still learning German and, who knows, you might even find an activity you always thought you wouldn’t like.
- Use unusual fonts
This is new to me, but it makes a lot of sense and is worth trying. Next time you read a difficult German text or grammar explanation that you can copy and paste onto a word document, do it and then change the font. I will also try this, but please let me know if it worked for you!