Properly cramming – learn foreign words and understand: So you blow up your vocabulary with the 3-2-1 method

learn technical and foreign words is nothing more than words to learn. In order to crack even the hardest chunks, I have developed a simple 3-step process in the course of my learning seminars, based on which you even difficult information can memorize and quickly you. This method to learn foreign words works for all school subjects and for students of all disciplines. Have fun!

learn foreign words and understand part 1

Technical terms and foreign words: 3-2-1 method

You just need three steps to make our brains an unknown information more palatable:

3 ZER-LE-GEN. We need to break down the words in so small appetizers that syllables arise to which we can make a visual or phonetic representation. That’s why the three steps 3-2-1 run rückw.rts from: First we go an apparent step backwards and crush bulky words in at least two to three word elements. So you can find easily connecting factors.

2 NETWORK FOR VER (Visual codes). Now I’m looking for associations to the individual parts of words. And I ask myself: “What I see spontaneously, when I read the word?” Or “After what it sounds like?”. Often there arise concrete ideas and I sketch me this. So I jot down for each term two components: the word or syllable itself plus a small sketch (Visual Code).

1 SENSE (or keyframe). Now we have the word, the word or the number disassembled and analyzed individually. We again make of it one and provided the whole thing with an overarching importance. We combine the visual codes with the original sense of the word and can it even often draw a final keyframe.

Example: “Hermeticism”

. 3) ZER-LE-GEN I dissect the word in two Bestanteile to which I can somewhat one-form: Hermet | ism

2) NETWORK FOR VER. Hermet reminds me of the Hermes-Versand (The word must just about fit). The suffix “-ism” fairly common occurrence times. I suggest it to and see it is Greek and means “theory” / “teaching” in the general sense.

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1) SINN. Hermeticism comes from the literature and is a method of interpretation of texts. Aha, so I take my Hermes-vans and let him go on a big book. He brings a package, this is the key to unlock this book (to intepretieren it).

Example: “1,2 diacylglycerol”

3) ZER-LEG-EN. 1.2 Dia | Cyl | glycerin

2) NETWORK FOR VER. A slide shows two car-cylinder ( “cyl”), that explode just because you’ve accidentally (nitro) fueled glycerol.

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1) SINN. Glycerine are part of body fat. They form a good protection against the cold in the skin and protect it from injury. Well, who says it because: Because you have been drinking a sip from glycerol, the explosion rebounds simply up to you from! Phew, that’s went well.

Yes but …

There it is again: our inner brake the habit. You will say that it does not make sense, so to make an effort. Do not believe her! Through this technique, create my seminar participants, ten Chinese words including characters in just eight minutes to remember. The 3-2-1 technique leads to a detailed analysis of the word and a link with your knowledge. Verbal elements are consciously perceived.

Sure, most images will not last forever, but are a trick, a Trojan horse with which we carry bulky words into long-term memory. They help to familiarize us with a concept.This is like learning to cycling: First, we use Stützr.der. Soon we can take this and go freehand. Or consider this technique as a sort of plaster, which is superfluous once the bones have grown together. Again you see: to find images and associations is not difficult. There are usually several possibilities: Whether you’re looking to ride Trojan horses, Stützr.dern and with or without cast – you’ll think of something a.

“This exercise liked particularly well, because I could let my creativity run wild here.She showed me how much can be fun to learn yet. “


Our bag of tricks

While we relatively easy to find concrete terms, an image, we have to resort to abstract and ineffable concepts a bit deeper into their bag of tricks.


learn foreign words and understand Part 2

Theories, arguments and lecture slides

It is finished! The hard nuts are cracked. We can now get individual technical terms including pronunciation with ease. Often, however, one has an aspect and this has several sub-points noted: 8 components of a theory, 9 Characteristics of an era or 6 steps of a method. The principles for fast memorization are here the same: we translate each sub-item in a small picture.

Patrick has the characteristics of diseases noted in his medical studies z. B.. The symptoms of childhood illness “croup” are z. B .: barking cough, sore throat and hoarseness.

Theories, arguments and lecture slidesNow I can the words as before mechanically audition again. Promising but that is not so, because at 30 other diseases, the likelihood of confusion is great. Better you are each disease its unmistakable character from Visual Codes: Barking cough is the dog, hoarseness reminiscent of a cough drop, sore throat are symbolized with a scarf.

If I close my eyes, I see the dog, the candy, the scarf and remember “barking cough, hoarseness, sore throat”. In the written or oral examination I go mentally through the Visual codes and get access to the underlying information. Each image is unique and burns much better to mind one! Visual codes thus prevent oblivion and reduce uncertainty.

Maybe you link the individual Visual codes still a little story or a keyframe. Here could be the Bello with a scarf around his neck, the licks on a cough drop.

Take 2! Two is Better

Because it was so beautiful, now another example from the social sciences. Here Steffi needs five points to “theory of action” Remember that are so sexy in her French style as Mr. Bean in his underpants. so we translate the to remember keywords in Visual codes:

Foreign Words learn Example

    1. The first term is the actor that is centered on a pedestal.
    2. The image we have still the same used for the second sub-item, because this individual (the actor) is (symbolized by the frame) in one room. After this actor (maybe a politician) someone throws a rotten tomato, so (a politician perhaps) is the actor in the tension of the Company (the room).
    3. For the constructivism-premise we found an excavator which a thick P constructed (For premise).
    4. Anthony Giddens, a famous sociologist, has been given a place on a book cover, the rules are displayed on a road sign with paragraphs which resources as oil-drilling platform.
    5. Finally, the strategic (= chess player) space images (= picture on the wall).Done!
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