Learning Foreign Vocabulary

As an exercise, type a list of foreign vocabulary words in capital letters with their
English equivalents alongside them. Now turn the page upside down and hold it in
the left field of vision. Read the foreign vocabulary aloud in this position with their
English counterparts. Using all capital letters allows the brain less confusion in
deciphering the upside down shape of the words. Holding the page in the left field of
vision projects the images to the right brain. The right brain is the acknowledger of
upside down, mirror and backwards-type language. It is also the primary avenue to
the storage area of long term memories. Hence by directing your memorization
process to that side of the brain first, the number of repetitions to learn the vocabulary
is greatly reduced. Singing or saying the vocabulary with intonation does the same
As another exercise, choose nouns that depict objects, animals or tangible things.
Now create a mental image of the item in a blown-up or exaggerated form and print
the letters in large print across the item. For instance, the Spanish word for bed is
'cama.' Visualize a bed leaning against a wall with its end side up and the letters C -
A - M - A printed across it in bold capital letters.