Saturday, June 26, 2010

Complete memorization of texts




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First of all, this is NOT my idea! I cannot take credit for it. But I believe it can be a very effective method. If you don't believe me, check out Uncle Polyglot, the super multilinguist who told me about this method. He is a Japanese living in Singapore, and is fluent in many languages, of which I am particularly impressed with are his English, Mandarin, and French. His blog is mighty informative so I urge you to go take a look, especially his videos are a great source of edutainment. Read more...

The reason why I think this method should be very effective is similar to why I think taking notes (during classes, seminars, meetings, etc.) in foreign languages (which I wrote about previously) is an effective language learning exercise. Just like you need to understand what you are hearing before you can translate it in your head when taking notes in foreign languages, you should understand a text fully in order to memorize it. Of course, one can argue that it is not a necessity, but understanding the text will make it much much much easier to memorize it. Also, going through the exercise of memorizing requires "repetition". There's no better way to make new words stick. Repeat profusely.

Thanks Uncle Polyglot for a great idea!


  1. Hi Tetsu,

    What a nice surprise and an honor to be introduced to your readers here! Thanks a million for the mention!

    From my personal experience I can say for certainty that memorization of complete texts really helps! I owe much of my proficiency in English to the tons of memorization of English texts that I did a few years ago. I once memorized 300 pages of texts from an English novel, and since then I've become far more comfortable speaking or writing in English than before.

    As I've recently been focusing on my studies of French slang and idioms, I haven't practised this text memorization method for quite some time. However, in order to improve my French, I will certainly come back to this method at some point in the future!

    Thanks again for mentioning me on your blog!

    Talk to you again soon!

  2. Uncle Pol

    you are amazing. 300 pages!! I couldn't do that were it written in my strongest language (English), even in Font size 72!

    Bonne chance avec le Francais!