You know those words that you tried to memorize over and over again but they just don’t stick? Or they do but the next day you’ve forgotten them again?
Over the years of learning languages I acquired a few techniques on what to do when that happens:
First, figure out why you can’t remember the word. Actively ask yourself why you can’t remember it. Is it because you haven’t looked at it enough or is it because it’s too similar to an other word you know? Is it because wouldn’t know when to use it? Or do you not have a mental representation of it?
To help with this, try either mentally visualising the concept or imagine yourself using it. If it’s a thing you can’t do, your issue is that you don’t have a mental representation of the word. Use something like google images for material things, or try looking up example sentences in a dictionary or by inputting it in a Korean search engine. Mnemonics are great but they don’t work if you don’t already have a mental representation of the meaning the word conveys. So try getting a good mental representation and then make up a mnemonic if you need to.
The above can help with words that you can’t remember because it’s similar to another word, but what helps most is understanding how two words are different. And there are no two words that have exactly the same usage, even if their meaning is identical. Now, this is pretty hard to do since to my knowledge no Korean dictionaries really tell you about this and most Koreans are useless at helping with this; if you have a trained Korean teacher, they should definitely be able to help you though. What really helps with this is reading a lot and consuming different kinds of media. That takes time.
So my final tip is letting it go. If a word doesn’t want to stick even after all that effort, you likely just don’t need it at this point in your language learning journey. If you keep up you’ll learn it eventually and be amazed at why you couldn’t remember that word earlier.
If you have any other tips, I’d be glad to hear about them!
In light of an unfortunate display of ignorance I witnessed today, let me take a moment to make something blatantly clear, for anybody that needs it:
-making fun of someone for using a fidget spinner, to the point of them displaying obvious embarrassment and shame, is disgusting.
-when you say things like “Oh my GOD, I hate those spinners! They’re so annoying, what are they even for haha” you are being willfully ignorant. Spinners are marketed towards people with anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Autistic people, and many other people with brains different from yours that need an outlet to focus, relax, relieve sensory-related issues, and many other things that yours does automatically. Most of the ones I see advertised even specify “For anxiety/stress/ADHD/Autism/etc”
-Making fun of someone for other behaviors such as rocking, hand flapping, echolalia, hair twirling, skin picking, hair pulling, etc is in fact, also a shitty thing of you to do. It’s also unnecessary, cruel, and humiliates the person who is doing those things.
-Don’t make fun of people who use fidget spinners. Don’t make fun of people who stim. I don’t give a rat’s ass if you think it’s unnecessary, or it “looks weird” or it “looks gross.” Don’t do it. You KNOW what you’re doing. I know what you’re doing. I’ve had it, I’m done.
levi when confronted with the ocean, an unimaginably vast expanse of water and a symbol of the freedom promised by the outside world–the world he spent his so many years in the underground dreaming about: looks at hange
I’m not better, okay? I’m not better! And I keep waiting for someone to figure that out, and - they don’t! I mean, of course they don’t. ‘Cause as long as I say the right things and I act the right way, they’re happy because that means they cured me, right?
nina and matthias never have that moment where they realize they’re on the same side and therefore can’t trust each other
by some miracle they make it out of the ice court alive without nina having any parem
wylan never finds the courage to stand beside jesper on the way home because he’s too shy in his own skin
without the promise of reward for the scientist inej doesn’t consider her dream of hunting slavers possible, which means she never tells kaz so he has no reason to ask her to stay in ketterdam with him, and inej goes on thinking he doesn’t have deeper feelings for her
they go back to the barrel empty handed and their friendships never strengthen and most importantly to kaz—they never make their millions
pekka, heleen and van eck are still at large
kaz never gets the help he needs to find inej’s parents
there’s really no reason to work with wylan again since raske is better with demolition after all and they’re not working with jan anymore
jesper’s life lacks chaos without any big heists and he goes back to gambling regularly
and poor matthias
he still meets his fate the same way when it’s found out he’s not in hellgate anymore. but the sad difference is it would have all been for nothing….
spoiler: it’s just not realistic.jpg stop acting like the story could exist without him. he’s a crucial character thanks bye
can we just appreciate the fact that jamilla holds absolutely no grudge against sana over what happened. when sana said, “i was thinking about messaging you”, jamilla doesn’t say “why would you do that?” or “what for?”
she just says, “why didn’t you? what happened?”
like, i think that speaks volumes about jamilla’s character. her first thought is that of concern for sana. she’s essentially saying, why didn’t you feel like you could message me?
despite the fact that sana royally fucked up and invaded jamilla’s privacy in a way that caused jamilla to feel humiliated, jamilla is still there. she still very much wants to be a part of sana’s life, and wants to help in any way that she can. and at the end of that clip, she could tell something wasn’t right with sana. jamilla hasn’t spoken to sana in a year, and yet, after a five minute conversation, she can tell that something is troubling her.
when you open your laptop in the school library and forgot you left your spotify on last night listening to newsies so you hear “dave what the HELL did they bust up your brains or something” at full volume and everyone’s like 👀 👀 👀