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Learn Tips: Vocabulary Learning

1. Chunk Learning

When we speak of chunk learning, we think of two types of memory training.

On the one hand, we can group sequences of information in our daily life. This is especially helpful in short-term retention. Often, we do this automatically when we need to memorize a phone number such as 3566671999. We tend to divide it into chunks like 356-667-1999. This way, instead of remembering ten separate digits, we remember three chunks of numbers.

On the other hand, we can also practice chunk learning when we want to retain information in our long-term memory. In this case, a chunk is a set of elements having strong associations with one another, but weak associations with elements within other chunks.

We tend to learn more efficiently, if we study frequently and for shorter periods of time than if we study infrequently for extended periods of time. Try to study regularly and structure the vocabulary you need to memorize in such a way that all vocabulary words in a chunk are related to a specific topic. Mind maps can help you structure your vocabulary words in this way.

MemoryLifter offers you the possibility to split your learning material into chapters. Furthermore, you could also print out flashcards of one chapter and arrange them into a mind map and create a big poster. You may think that this is tedious work, however, while making the mind map itself you will be learning the words unconsciously or along the way. The time spent will be worth it.

2. Micro Learning

There is a lot of free space in our daily lives: for example, when waiting at the doctor's office. You can review vocabulary while eating breakfast, recite the alphabet while showering or sitting on the toilet, count your steps as you walk between classes, name as many objects as you can in the target language on your to way school, or take your vocabulary flash cards with you on a road trip.

There are many moments during the day when you can squeeze in a few minutes of practice time. Through the repetition of material, it will become part of your everyday life and increasingly familiar, until it eventually becomes an automatic part of your language repertoire.

With the MemoryLifter iPhone application you can learn whenever and wherever you go and you don't need to carry much weight around with you.

Visit our forum to share your personal learning experiences with all MemoryLifter community members or to ask Brainy a specific question regarding learning methods! We are looking forward to meeting you and discussing with you.

Posted by Brainy
Wednesday, 10. June 10.06.09 02:05 in Brainy

Fall in love with MemoryLifter

Posted by Jasmin
Friday, 5. June 5.06.09 02:10 in General

Learn Tips: Application and Practice

1.    Pronunciation and Listening

Keep in touch with native speakers and try to converse with them via telephone, voice chat, or video conferencing. There are many free databases that enable you to find study buddies for foreign languages.

If you have learned some vocabulary words in your target language and you think that a word could be the topic of a song or video clip, enter it into Youtube and see what you find. This way your ear becomes familiar with the sounds and rhythm of your foreign language.

If you enjoy singing, try learning some songs in the language you're learning. This is a fun way to improve your pronunciation and vocabulary. You could also try learning to recite poems and stories. As an advanced learner you could incorporate mnemonic strategies into your songs.

2.    Reading and Writing

Read dual-language books or Wikipedia articles in the foreign language you are learning. If you read an article about the same thing in your mother tongue, you will grasp vocabulary words and expressions within the same context. If you have learned a certain chapter in MemoryLifter, you could also enter several words of one chapter into a search engine and retrieve texts that involve these words. Once you try to grasp the main idea of such a text you automatically learn more foreign language vocabulary words based on your stock of knowledge.

Contact us via the MemoryLifter forum, if you have any questions about how to create, add, or edit flashcards. We will be happy to hear your feedback.

Posted by Brainy
Monday, 25. May 25.05.09 02:17 in Brainy

"Teachers" - what for?

MemoryLifter allows you to customize learning, i.e. to adapt settings to your personal requirements. If you wish to avoid going through all of the setting options by yourself, however, you can choose a so-called "TEACHER". TEACHERS are presets for the settings offered in the "Learning Options" menu. The main differences between the TEACHERS are their mode of asking questions and expecting answers, their strictness regarding orthographical and typing mistakes, their tolerance concerning the number of items in an answer and time limits they set.

The STRICT TEACHER, for example, creates multiple correct answers in the multiple choice mode and expects all possible answers typed correctly in the standard mode. You learn under a certain time pressure. Mr. NICE GUY on the other hand is quite tolerant, does not set any time limits, is satisfied with one answer possibility and is case insensitive.

Posted by Benjamin
Wednesday, 20. May 20.05.09 04:31 in Brainy

Now Available: Anatomy Flashcard Bundle with high-quality images

Learn the Latin and common names of the bones in the human skeletal system!...

...This flashcard bundle contains two Learning Modules, Bones of the Human Body and an add-on module featuring a comparison of the English Common Names and Latin Names of bones.

The Bones of the Human Body Learning Module contains 750 flashcards with photographs of bones and bone section, their  common English names, as well as their Latin names. The Learning Module is divided into four chapters which can be selected individually for learning:

  • Cranium (skull)
  • Extremitas superior (upper extremity)
  • Extremitas inferior (lower extremity)
  • Truncus (trunk)
Posted by Rehana
Saturday, 16. May 16.05.09 06:48 in MemoryLifter, General

Now Available: International Engineering Chinese-English/English-Chinese

Learn electrotechnical and electronic terms in a flash and get ready for a globalized world. Nowadays globalization has a tremendous impact on almost every business activity, including the electronic and electrotechnical industry. For optimized international communication the knowledge of technical vocabulary has become indispensable. Therefore LearnLift has developed MemoryLifter International Engineering Learning Modules, now also available in Chinese and English!

This specialized learning tool for engineers, technicians, sales people, translators, technical writers, students and other experts in the field of engineering can be downloaded here.

Each module contains 500 flashcards with electronic and electrotechnical terms in English and Chinese in subjects such as semiconductor engineering, mathematics, and power and protection engineering. Most flashcards contain an image that supports the memorization process or disambiguates the meaning of terms.

Posted by Rehana
Tuesday, 14. April 14.04.09 08:45 in MemoryLifter, General

First cooperation product with publishing house LANGENSCHEIDT

MemoryLifter is proud to announce the release of the first cooperation product with the highly reputable publishing house Langenscheidt.

MemoryLifter has developed a Learning Module that accompanies the English book Your Turn by Georg Hellmayr. This book is being used in many schools in Austria and the MemoryLifter Learning Module helps the students train English vocabulary words.

Posted by Rehana
Sunday, 29. March 29.03.09 09:41 in MemoryLifter, General

Do you want to forget something unpleasant in your past?

Remember when your little sister flushed your goldfish down the toilet, or when you audibly passed gas while you were giving a presentation in your high-school chemistry class? Cherished memories, right? Not likely. Well, here is your chance to rid yourself of these unpleasant memories once and for all.

ERASE them with MemoryEraser!

Based on a recent scientific breakthrough, MemoryEraser allows you to effectively "erase" unwanted memories. All you have to do is follow the on-screen instructions. And don't worry, it's perfectly safe, really. Ignorance is bliss!

MemoryEraser English
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MemoryEraser Deutsch
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MemoryEraser Español
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While I cannot guarantee that you will actually lose any unwanted memories, I can guarantee that you will gain a smile :-). 

Posted by Benjamin
Saturday, 7. March 7.03.09 00:43 in General

Sleepless in Seattle: MemoryLifter on tour

MemoryLifter will exhibit at the 14th National Conference ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) in the Washington Trade and Convention Center in March 2009. As part of the Combined Books Exhibit stall, we will be happy to give you plenty of information about our newest MemoryLifter Multimedia Learning Suite Chinese Characters and provide you with MemoryLifter vouchers.

We are looking forward to meeting you personally!

Posted by Rehana
Thursday, 12. February 12.02.09 08:30 in MemoryLifter, General

With MemoryLifter, you can't get it out of your head!

Let's say you are a skater, what would be your favorite thing to do…learning? Probably not… These guys aren't very fond of learning either. But since one has tried MemoryLifter to learn physics, he can't get the "crap" out of his head.

See how they try to forget. And maybe learning has also its positive side, even for these two lazy guys… Check it out:

Posted by Benjamin
Friday, 16. January 16.01.09 00:43 in General

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