How do you think of pictures for your language vocab loci?

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#1 1 March, 2016 - 12:14
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How do you think of pictures for your language vocab loci?


How do you think of Pictures for your language vocabulary loci?

I just am curious of how you, the people of artofmemory.com, think of loci for your memory palaces. Is there a method of doing so? Is there a way I can do it quickly and efficiently? I struggle to come up with pictures for French and Irish. I don't understand how people can do it so quickly, is there a way to increase speed of this? Could I get some mentoring? Thanks!

3 March, 2016 - 16:05
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I have a dozen memory palaces, one for each lexical class, with loci in alphabetical order. That way I instantly can find the right loci. I guess we all have our own ways. That works well for me.

When it comes to quickly getting associations (pictures) for each word in a new language, for example a Kinderegg to remember "das Kind", I buy an association book with a core vocabulary of a thousand words with suggestions for associations for each.

If were to stop and think of an association for every word, it would slow me down so much, it'd go much faster to just click my way through the flashcards at Memrise and then focus on the "Difficult Words" stack at the end. If you manually find associations for each word, then I'd recommend doing it that way. There are mems on Memrise, but they are seldom suited for a memory palace, but sometimes they are, and you can add your custom mems for the words that end up in your "Difficult Words".

I am not sure if there are books for sale with associations for English speakers, e.g. English-Latin, English-Portuguese, English-French. I'd buy such books if they were written.

20 March, 2016 - 09:45
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Loci you usually don't think of, they should be ready before memorizing something. Later on when you are experienced you can start thinking of loci on the spot, but when beginning, just take the easy way and first get used to mnemonics, get the feel of working with a memory palace.

Now, to start, a little explanation about memory palaces. Just imagine your own living room, visualize it with all the furniture inside it. There is a couch, a chair, a table, a plant maybe, some shelves for books or so. Those pieces of furniture are your loci. Loci is the plural of locus, which means "spot". That is all they are, a spot in your palace, a spot where you store a memory. This might seem like a waste of time to make such things beforehand, but it is the core of the memory palace technique and important for various reasons.

Loci give you something to create a connection with. You know that there is a lamp in the corner, you know that there is a television on the cabinet. Those things are things you know, and you don't need to think to remember them. That is the key, you attach an image to the loci, and when recalling that loci, you also recall the image through the connection.

Loci also give structure when needed. Through a journey, you can easy remember lists, but you can also remember things you would have initially overlooked. When walking through the palace casually, you might skip the image you put at the lamp. Having a journey through all the loci however, forces you to also visit the lamp.

Now, what I think you want to know, is how to create the images you place at the loci quickly. To that I can say, practice, practice, practice. Rome wasn't build in a day, and neither is your mnemonic technique. I have explained how to create images in your other topic.
http://mt.artofmemory.com/forums/how-do-i-make-quick-associations-with-p...

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To me, it means that you shouldn't set a goal and just move towards it while keeping your focus on that goal, you should set a goal and focus on each step you have to take to reach that goal, and soon you will be there.

20 March, 2016 - 15:54
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For vocabulary I don't use loci. I find straight association stronger, easier and quicker.
I associate the foreign word with the word from my mother tongue.

Example for French - English:
Cow - la vache
First thing that comes to mind is to use lava.
This only codes the first 2 letters of the noun. However; for me this is enough.
So I picture a field of cows being covered with lava. Maybe shouting 'la vache'!
This is enough to imprint this link in my brain.

The moment I search for the word for cow in French, this picture comes back and the lava gets changed to la vache.

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