Why Is Your Memory Full Of Holes?
If you're learning a foreign language, I’m willing to bet you recognize the following feelings:
You spend ages learning new words, but they never stick
You recognize words when you see them, but can never recall them by yourself
And of course, that terrible feeling when you’re in the middle of a conversation, and all those words you’ve been trying to memorize just vanish from your memory
The good news is, you're not alone.
Even better, there's a solution!
What you need is a reliable blueprint for memorizing new vocabulary in the language you're learning, in such a way that you never forget it, and always have it on the tip of your tongue in conversation.
Is that too much to ask?
Well, I don’t think so.
Of course, they don’t teach you this at school. And no one ever showed me how my memory works...
I had to figure it all out myself, one language at a time.
My name is Olly Richards, and I’m an author, speaker, and language consultant.
I also speak 8 languages, which I’ve learned by myself over the last 15 years.
Language learning, for me, is much easier now than it was when I first got started, and that’s because I’ve worked hard to learn certain key skills, such as improving my memory.
As with all important things in life, the big lessons I learnt came from the toughest experiences.
For me, it was when I was living in Japan.
There were many things I found difficult about learning Japanese, but above all, it was a vocabulary problem… learning so many new, unfamiliar words seemed impossible!
At first, I thought it was a study problem. I thought if I just worked harder, I would grow my vocabulary faster.
But of course, I was wrong...
I did study hard, but it never seemed to get any easier. I would learn more words but then forget them again the next day.
Conversations with native speakers never seemed to get any easier either, as the words I thought I’d learned would always slip my mind at the crucial moment.
After a couple of years of stagnation with Japanese, I was ready to give up, and I almost did, a few times.
My breakthrough came when I decided to take responsibility for my memory, and not simply “leave it to chance” anymore...
I Discovered The Secret To a Bulletproof Memory
FACT #1: If you want to have a good memory for new vocabulary in a foreign language, you need to learn how to memorize words effectively.
FACT #2: If you want to be able to recall words quickly in conversation, you need to learn how to practice recalling words.