How many words can you learn per day?

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#1 29 August, 2018 - 09:43
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How many words can you learn per day?

Hello everyone, I'm a new member on this forum and as you can read from my profile, I really like learning foreign languages... I can speak italian (native speaker), a bit of english, spanish and japanese... Recently, I became interested on mnemonics technique because they can help you to study and memorize things more easily. I tried the keyword method to learn new foreign words and I have to say they work flawlessly... I was able to learn some vocab in few minutes... And here is my question, or I have to say "curiosity" ahah... How many words can you learn per day using mnemonic techniques? Do you use keyword method too? One week ago, I started to study korean (yeah, I really like oriental languages) and I noticed it has a very similar grammar to japanese, so I'm not worried about that... So I decided to improve my vocabulary quickly and then focus on grammar and reading. :)

30 August, 2018 - 14:10
Joined: 1 year 11 months ago

As much as you want. It all depends on how effectively you use these mnemonics. And also on how you define "learning".

31 August, 2018 - 04:33
Joined: 7 months 3 weeks ago

Well, at least to recognize the word's meaning on the text :D Well, I have read that someone has learnt 1000 vocab in 5 hours....

10 September, 2018 - 02:16
Joined: 2 years 4 months ago

That's exciting.

28 September, 2018 - 20:54
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Joined: 9 months 1 week ago

Atm I'm learning 20 per day, I will try to start increasing the number gradually soon.
It is a language with noun gender so the mnemonics need to cover that too, I'm really happy with how it is going, currently using mnemonics without method of loci, and anki for review.

30 September, 2018 - 05:15
Joined: 1 year 7 months ago

This sounds interesting though I suppose it also depends on the language. I would say the fastest rate (theoretically) is about 10'000 words an hour, unless someone somehow managed to make a very functional peg system that exceeds these limits.

I myself, if I make mnemonics quickly, anywhere from 100-2000 words an hour. Mainly depends on 'having pre-made or not' palaces and what methods I am using.

If I use the keyword method I assume Its more realistic to have 280-800 words an hour -> pre-made palace.

I might test this after I finish learning some more mathematics, so feel free to take these as rough estimates.
I might then also make a post and see what my absolute maximum number of words I can learn in 5 hours turns out to be using some more original methods.