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Oliver Geisselhart: Learning vocabulary - How to train your memory!

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Oliver Geisselhart: Learning vocabulary - How to train your memory!

Are you satisfied with your memory? Or would you like a better one? Then start laughing more often! Why? Well, laughing is great for your head because it kills stress hormones. And stress, in turn, is not good at all when it comes to learning and mental performance. "That's exactly why it's important, Reduce stress in the mind"recommends Oliver Geisselhart.

The Memory trainer, author and speaker reports: "When I ask people why they don't learn a new language, many answer: 'Because I have no talent for it'. People always think you have to have a talent for languages. But do you really need it?" Suppose you spent an hour seriously learning vocabulary. How many could you memorize in sixty minutes? Twenty new vocabulary words? Thirty vocabulary words?

Oliver Geisselhart: "Believe in yourself"

Oliver Geisselhart knows: "There are people who think they have a bad memory. Those are the people who constantly doubt that they can do something anyway. But all training assumes you're confident you can do something." The biggest hurdle for many people is not their brain, but their lack of confidence in their own ability. This is where you need to start first and foremost.

Use your right brain

Oliver Geisselhart: "Our brain has two halves. The left is the rational one. And in the right half of the brain, fantasies, images and emotions arise. However, this half is completely undervalued in our society. I think we need to use the right brain more!" The expert doesn't believe that people fail because they can't do something: "They can't do it because they don't believe they can do it. And that's why they don't even start."

Do you realize how much you might miss out on because you think you have no talent to begin with? But you can do anything if you believe in yourself. You can learn any language if you have the confidence and the strategy. Strategy? That's right. Oliver Geisselhart knows: "You just have to reprogram your mind. For vocabulary learning, for example, it's useful to create shortcuts and call images into your head."

Oliver Geisselhart: "Think bigger"

How this works, the author reveals with many examples in his books. He is convinced that everyone can learn vocabulary in a sustainable way - not twenty or thirty, but a hundred new words per hour. Oliver Geisselhart says: "I want people to think in bigger dimensions!"

Have more confidence in yourself! Don't think that you can't do something just because it didn't work out before. Maybe you just haven't had the right strategy. Or maybe no one ever showed you how to do it. Maybe those who said you'd never make it are just really stupid. Take the pro trick, build mnemonic bridges and try it out! To help you get there even faster, we've put together five more tips to help you learn a new language even faster and more sustainably. Have fun!

1. learn relevant vocabulary

Learn only the vocabulary you actually need. If you need English for your job, focus on business jargon. If you want to go on vacation in a faraway country, then deal with words you need for small talk, ordering in restaurants and the like. You don't have to learn everything at once. Focus first on the areas of the new language that you need most. As a general rule, if you don't use words in your native language, you probably won't use them in your new language.

2. listen to the language

By using audio files to learn new vocabulary, you get a better feel for the pronunciation. At the same time, you internalize the vocabulary - because what goes in the ear, stays better in the head. Another advantage is that with audio and listening files you can learn virtually anytime, without having to look at the vocabulary. For example, listen to the language while driving, jogging, brushing your teeth and basically whenever you have a free minute. It's never been easier to learn a new language on the side.

3. speak the language

The goal of learning a new foreign language is, of course, to actively speak the language. You should never lose sight of this goal and include it from the beginning. Learning process integrate. After all, it's no use if you can spell every vocabulary word, but your intonation isn't understandable. Use your new language skills in practice whenever possible.

Fourth Oliver Geisselhart: DISCLearn with others"

Learning is even more fun when you do it together with others. These don't necessarily have to be native speakers. Even people like you who are just starting vocabulary training are great learning partners. Your brain stores the positive impressions you gather in a group, for example, and links it to learning the language. This way you combine learning with fun and enjoyment. It is also practical for questions about pronunciation, intonation and grammar if you do not learn alone, but regularly exchange information with others.

5. integrate vocabulary into your life

Can't remember what cup means in French? Or how to say socks in Italian? No problem! Write down the vocabulary on a piece of paper and attach it to the object. Every time you reach for a coffee cup or a fresh pair of socks in the future, you will be reminded of the corresponding vocabulary. This way, you're guaranteed to memorize the words, because they're suddenly much more tangible and you'll have them regularly in front of your eyes in the corresponding situation.

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