- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 771 KB
- Print Length: 148 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 150019011X
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Advanced Education Methodologies (AEM) (5 May 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K5VN4SE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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How to Learn and Memorize Arabic Vocabulary ... Using A Memory Palace Specifically Designed for Arabic (Magnetic Memory Series) Kindle Edition
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First, contrary to what the title suggests, the method proposed here is directly based on the age-old "loci" system ("memory palace"), without any significant adaptation tailored to Arabic.
Second, the book contains no decent analysis - like the number of words you should target, or the consequence of the 3-letter root system and derivation. I discovered somewhere in the middle of the book that the author knows probably about as many words as me. He has 28 "memory palaces", and states his largest have more than 100 words. So I'd bet his vocabulary is in the 1500-2000 range, like mine. I am struggling to double it, as proficiency typically means more than 3000 words, in most languages.
Third and most puzzling to me, the method proposes to learn words in alphabetic order of the target language. After studying half a dozen languages including English as a foreign language, I am yet to see any student achieve even a basic conversation level that way. Many sources document the value of learning "production" (from your native language to your target language), rather than "recognition" - especially with the alphabetic order.
The loci system and other technics such as mental images are fantastic. However you can find other references explaining them better and in a nicer prose. Hence the rating of 1 star.
The plan includes mind hacks like memory palace (Which is described in a way that someone who has never heard of it before could understand it) which is famous from for example Sherlock Holmes and The Mentalist to learn vocabulary without boring and ineffective rote learning, and some simple advice for relaxing.
It was an engaging read, and I'd definately recommend it to any friend who's interested in langauge learning, or specifically, Arabic learning.
I rate it 'S' for SCUM.