What do you want to learn or accomplish this year?

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#1 1 January, 2017 - 19:01
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What do you want to learn or accomplish this year?


I was wondering what goals people have for their memories this year. I want to learn new skills and a new language this year. Maybe we can hep each other keep accountable!

1 January, 2017 - 21:35
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Good question Johnny. For me as a beginner - 1. Improve 5 min random words 2. settle on a comfortable digit system 3. Develop an image set for common names.

4 January, 2017 - 22:00
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In 2017, I want to read more (paper) books and study math. I don't know how I will use memory techniques for that yet, but I'm working on some ideas.

I'm also interested in getting back into Esperanto. If anyone wants to study Esperanto, we could practice in the Esperanto section. :)

6 January, 2017 - 10:42
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This might be more specific than the thread intends, but I was hoping to memorize the NYC subway system, and then move on to roads/highways in the area. Seems fun/practical. If anyone has experience with mass transit, would love to hear their experience.

More generally, I want to improve the speed at which I can build journeys or loci. My imagination is a bit slow for my liking.

6 January, 2017 - 16:40
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Josh, what is a paper book? Am I missing something ahaha I also thought you knew Esperanto

Jordankling, You want to know all the stops and such for the subway? I looked at that map when I was in New York...... DO you hate your life to learn that! haha I'm joking!

7 January, 2017 - 05:28
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I want to try and show people that literally everyone can do all that we do, which is getting a lot easier as my daughter is also really loving mnemonics. How often do you see a 5-year old girl memorize an entire deck of cards? I also hope to compete in a competition if there will be one in Europe in 2017, anyone know where I can find a list of upcoming competitions? :P I then want to use that competition's results as addition material to more promote mnemonics around here.

Around september/october, some language courses will start in my area. If I can combine it with work and family, I want to enter the courses for Spanish and Russian, to know the largest language of the Germanic, Romance and Slavic groups. which might then help me get an easier understanding of languages like Italian, French, Polish, Portugese, and all others I want to learn in the coming years. Spanish and Russian will also form a test to me, because depending on the time and effort required to learn two completely different languages at the same time, I might also move on to Hindi, and maybe even Mandarin and Arabic to completely leave the Indo-European tree. Having already some knowledge with the Japanese Language, I expect Arabic to give me a harder time than Mandarin, but that is all for the future, not 2017.

A final goal is to read more scientific books, starting with none other than a modern translation of The Origin of Species, originally written by Charles Darwin.

7 January, 2017 - 07:23
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Mine are to 1) reach the sub 99 second club at speed cards 2) do the 3x3 Rubik using a set of algorithms known to be faster than the ones I'm currently using without forgetting my current beginners' technique 3) Organize the most successful Canadian Memory Championship ever this August. 4) keep running excellent monthly memory meet-ups. 5) keep this site up to date with my progress with my Less L. method.

I used to have an interest in learning other languages but I found that the long term learning of only two languages or cultures to be the better way to stimulate my memory.

For instance, I find it challenging enough to memorize what a numbat, mamba and warbler are in English before deciding it's time to memorize these things in 5 or 6 more languages that I will likely never use.

7 January, 2017 - 07:45
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I made decision to drop language learning by myself and devote myself to something more substantial where I can see results faster. So I am here, still reading beginner's books and optimizing my database (PAO list etc...).
So my goal for 2017th is to get really comfortable and fast with basics of mnemotechniques, train and compete in memory league as much as I can while improving and if there is any luck visit some lower level competition in Europe as spectator or competitor (best case scenario).

Most probably later part of my goals will happen in 2018th, not in 2017 but still, it is nice to have a dream .

7 January, 2017 - 15:16
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Finish my list of Mnemonic images for common English words, then I'll be able to decide what image for what particular word I want to "set" for in my "permanent" memory. Also, there's a few other lists I might put in on this site.

10 January, 2017 - 23:12
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Josh, what is a paper book? Am I missing something ahaha I also thought you knew Esperanto

I mean that I want to read more books that are made out of paper, not just reading on a computer screen. :)

I can communicate in Esperanto, but not at an advanced level. I want to read a couple of Esperanto books this year, including La Hobito. :)

It's a good language for memory experiments. Some people are able to learn the language in just a few weeks, and it can improve language learning speed for other languages too.

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A final goal is to read more scientific books, starting with none other than a modern translation of The Origin of Species, originally written by Charles Darwin.

I've been meaning to read that...

11 January, 2017 - 01:36
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It's a good language for memory experiments. Some people are able to learn the language in just a few weeks, and it can improve language learning speed for other languages too.

Where do I sign up and where do I start? :P

12 January, 2017 - 05:01
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Thanks for the link Josh!
Just read it and I think I'm hooked. Its now on my list of "to learn" languages. I think I'll learn it before I learn any other European language.

12 January, 2017 - 14:38
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I wrote a blog post about how to learn Esperanto. Duolingo also has an Esperanto course which must have 400,000+ Esperanto learners now. I'd also be happy to go over the basics on a Google Hangout if people are interested.

Ankaŭ, ni povus praktiki Esperanton ĉi-tie en la forumo. :)
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12 January, 2017 - 20:54
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Thanks for the blog link! Read it and found it extremely useful. :) will be using it as a reference when I start learning Esperanto on where and how to start, lol.

17 January, 2017 - 09:11
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Haha, yeah that's the plan. I'm sure it'll be challenging for me, but I've lived here for a while, so I've got a head start.

17 January, 2017 - 09:48
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I'm with you there, jordankling, on both accounts. I still struggle quite a bit with building memory palaces and its exhausts me quite easily. And I'm moving soon to a new city where the bus and train transits are the main forms of transportation. No more cars. So I was thinking of memorising the main roads and railways I'll be travelling.

18 January, 2017 - 12:21
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Best of luck, ZRin95. I've managed to learn a few lines so far (probably only ~10% of the system). We'll have to keep each other updated on progress. I started with palaces, but have used a journey method as well. still trying to figure out what is quickest and what will allow for quickest recall.

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