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A song’s introduction offers the listener a first impression of a band or artist’s musical efforts—essentially, it sets a precedent for the rest of the arrangement. Obviously, you want to get it right.
Before we dive into the five ways to start a song, let’s look at what makes a good intro.
Tips for how to start a song
Here are the essential mechanics of kicking off a song—a basic blueprint, if you will.
Don’t overthink it.
The song intro, like most other elements of a musical arrangement, can come in many forms (as we will explore soon). That said, don’t focus too much on starting your song from the beginning of the arrangement if you’re struggling for ideas. Instead, pick up your instrument, or if you’re a singer, clear your throat, and start improvising until you come up with something that sticks. From there you can start building backwards if you wish, using elements of your new part as inspiration for your song intro.
Look at the bigger picture.
Like all art forms, songwriting is a creative discipline; there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to writing parts and playing with ideas. But to create a song intro with real impact, you will need to think about the overall feel you’re looking to achieve, in addition to the message you’re trying to convey. Sit down with a pen and paper, scribe down the general tone, feel, tempo, and goal of your potential song, then get writing. By doing so, you’ll give yourself direction from the outset; you’ll also be able to decide how epic, subtle, fluent or standalone your intro needs to be for maximum impact.
Frame your songs
Sometimes, an introduction will be the first thing you write, and sometimes it will be the outro—but more often than not you’ll form the meat of your tune first. So, if you’re messing around with an acorn of an idea, looking to transform it into a bonafide song arrangement, follow your creativity and let the narrative flow. Once you’ve formed a solid verse, bridge and chorus, for instance, go back to the start and write your intro and outro. You may well find that because you’re inspired, you’re in a steady flow and you have at least two minutes of music from which to build upon, crafting an epic song introduction or outro will feel natural.
Following these three tips will not only help you kick the songwriting process into gear, but each approach will also help you get the very best from your song introduction efforts.
5 song introduction techniques
These five different but equally effective song introduction techniques will give you plenty of inspiration.
1. The full circle
Example: “Pretty Pimpin” by Kurt Vile
This particular song introduction example from former War on Drugs guitarist Kurt Vile is an excellent use of what I like to call the full circle technique. Sometimes, a song intro can be incredibly powerful if it matches major sections of the music and has striking similarities to the outro.
In “Pretty Pimpin,” the entire song is led by Kurt’s irresistible guitar hook that quickly becomes the most memorable section of the arrangement. By using this in the majority of the song, excluding the bridge, he creates a flowing, somewhat hypnotic narrative, starting with the intro. To give the verse impact when it begins, the drummer uses the kick drum only to drive the introduction, but the familiarity of the guitar hook keeps you craving more throughout.
Song-starting approach: Once you’ve written your original riff, part, section, or idea, use it as a vessel to form other parts of the song, testing whether you can use elements of it to create an impactful introduction.
2. The riff
In many cases, particularly in the realms of rock and blues, a standalone riff is used to start the song—and with the right arrangement, it works very well. Not only does an ear-catching riff grab attention immediately, but when the verse (or next section of the song) kicks in, the striking difference will give the song maximum impact, drawing the listener in hook, line and sinker.
Using Spire Studio, I’ve created two sound clips to demonstrate this approach in action.
The first clip features a basic verse for a song without an introduction.
Most law students and alumni will tell you that law school exams mostly require applied knowledge, not rote memorization. You’ll need to know how the information you’ve studied can apply to a novel problem and how all the information connects together. But before creating those important connections, you have to actually know the information. Here are my top five tips for memorizing that information:
1. Record Notes to Listen to Later
You can do this one of two ways. The first is to record your professor’s lecture and listen to that at a later time. The second way is to record yourself reading your notes out loud and then listen to that. I prefer the second way because it requires you to review your notes once while you read them, and also because you get the most important highlights of the lecture instead of spending a lot of time re-listening to the entire thing. Either of these techniques allows you to review information while doing other activities like driving or exercising.
2. Use Flashcards or Another Form of Self Testing
Many studies have shown that self testing is one of the most effective forms of memorization and learning. Flashcards are one of the easiest ways to test your knowledge. Self testing is effective because it shows you what you truly know and what you don’t, and ensures that you will be able to draw on your knowledge come test time.
3. Use a Mnemonic
The idea of using a mnemonic may sound silly and bring forth memories of learning things like PEMDAS in elementary school, but mnemonics can still be useful for college aged students. A mnemonic truly is: “a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something.” It doesn’t have to be silly to work (though a little humor can help). When you need to memorize a set of key terms for example, make up a catchy story using the first letter of each definition, and this can help you recall the definitions of the terms. Though this won’t help you if you haven’t thoroughly studied the definitions, it can help jog your memory come test time.
Now that we’ve gone over a few tips for memorizing basic knowledge, we can talk about how to use that knowledge to build connections between concepts and really understand the material. You can read more here about the importance of really understanding class material and how it relates to other knowledge you’ll gain in law school. Here are my top two memorization techniques for applied knowledge:
4. Be able to explain the concept you’re trying to memorize
One of the best ways to test your holistic understanding of a concept is by trying to explain it to someone else. As you begin your explanation of the topic, you’ll start to see where gaps in your knowledge exist, and spots where you stumble over your explanation. Write down these problem areas and re-study the concept until you understand it front and back. Bonus points if you can explain the concept to someone with no background in law, like your mom or your ten- year-old sister. If you have a true grasp on the content you should be able to explain it in layman’s terms. Explaining the material can also help you connect and relate it to other material, which will help you know where to “search” your memory come test time.
5. Create a mind map
Mind maps are diagrams used to visually organize information and show relationships among pieces of a whole. They can help you organize complex ideas and show how they relate to other concepts. This method can be helpful for visual learners because it actually shows on paper how concepts connect with other ideas. Here’s how you do it: start with your main concept in the middle of the page, and then write other concepts that relate to your main idea branching off your main idea. Then, write notes and definitions on the lines that connect the ideas. You can write notes about how they connect as well as what their definitions are if you think you might forget. Keep branching out ideas until you’ve connected many concepts together.
The key to being able to recall information when you really need it is encoding it clearly. You can’t recall something that was fuzzy in the first place. Using these tips, you can make sure you know the information. Then find ways to link it to broader course concepts. If you do that, you’ll be on your way to passing your law school exams. If you need a little extra help, check out the one on one tutoring offered here at Law School Toolbox. Good luck!
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We continue our “How to study …” series with this biology study guide. If you are squeamish about fluids, look away now. Biology is a fascinating subject, but can often cause problems for students. If this is the case for you, then read on and discover the best techniques to improve your exam results. Other subjects available in this series: “How to Study Maths” and “How to Study History“.
Biology is the study of life and teaches us about ourselves and the natural world around us. A good starting point when studying biology is to admire the perfection of nature and the principles of life.
With this mindset, you’re ready to implement the study techniques outlined below.
How to Study Biology: Top 5 Study Techniques
#1 Learn the Terminology
One of the hardest parts of studying biology is remembering the many different terms. If you want to understand what you are studying, then you need to familiarize yourself with all these terms first. A good method for this is to try and break down complex words to identify their root.
It is highly recommended that whenever you encounter unfamiliar words while studying biology you should take note of them, find it’s definition and then take the time to understand its roots.
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#2 From the General to the Specific
To follow a process of effective learning of biology, you must master the general concepts before being able to tackle specific ones. For example, you need to understand what factors identify a mammal before starting the factors that identify primates.
In this sense, it is also advisable to study the processes thoroughly before advancing to the next level. To speed up the memorization of the different processes and their relationship, Mind Maps are an effective educational resource for students as they help organize information in a very easy and visual way.
#3 Embrace the Laboratory
Put biology theory into practice by using the laboratory whenever possible to explore your curiosity. Once in the laboratory you can test your hypothesis and prove your theories. In terms of learning, the act of doing will stay with you a lot longer than the act of reading.
#4 Use Drawings
Drawings can help you understand a concept and remember information that would be difficult to define in words. You should get used to drawing diagrams such as the human heart as you can be asked to produce and label such a drawing in your biology exam.
#5 Past Exam Questions
Practice sample answers to past exam questions; past papers which should be available from your teacher. Biology tests can vary widely so it is important to know how you will be evaluated to study accordingly. Are you going to have a multiple choice test or have essay questions on lab work? Leave nothing to chance. Practice, practice and practice!
Get started by testing your knowledge of biology with this short quiz:
If you follow these tips on studying Biology and couple it with a positive attitude, you may very soon find yourself wanting to become a biologist. So how about it, is biology your favorite subject yet?
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If you meet someone named Ryan, associating him with a famous actor like Ryan Gosling can help you . [+] remember his name. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s one of my personal frustrations that I am naturally terrible at remembering names. I place great value on truly connecting with other people, and I know one of the simplest ways you can make someone feel recognized is to remember and speak their name. Plus, let’s face it, blanking on someone’s name whom you’ve met before — or worse, just been introduced to — is borderline rude, and fully embarrassing.
How many of us have been there, awkwardly trying to get someone to repeat their name so we can make a proper introduction, or using all sorts of nonspecific phrases, “hey there!” to work around the issue. According to an article on Psychology Today, this issue just worsens with age, as nearly 85% of middle-aged and older adults forget names. (Not sure what my excuse was at age 25, but I do admit retrieval is getting harder.)
It’s understandable. When we meet someone, we have a lot to take in — from their appearance, to the conversation, to other distractions happening around us. With our increasing reliance on the Internet as a substitute for flexing our memory, research indicates memorization of any kind is becoming a lost art.
Remembering names is important on so many levels. It makes people feel good to hear their name, and they pay greater attention. Studies show that hearing our name activates our brain, even when it’s spoken in a noisy room. You may notice that influential leaders take care to use people’s names, and even mention personal aspects that they share in common. This isn’t by accident — they know it matters and use it. We feel better when people remember us (and worse when they don’t).
If you’re like me though, and want to get better at name recognition, take heart. There are ways to dramatically increase your ability to catch names, and keep them top of mind. Here are some tricks I’ve learned that work. Try them for yourself:
1. Meet and repeat.
When you get someone’s name, don’t just nod and continue the conversation, try to plug the name into what you’re saying. For example, if the man in front of you says his name is Mark, say, “Hi, Mark, nice to meet you.” Or ask a question with his name at the end, “How long have you been working in IT, Mark?”
Use the name throughout the conversation, but sparingly, and not in an overly salesy or repetitive way. When you’re saying goodbye, make sure to use the name one last time while looking them in the face, and make an effort to commit it to memory.
2. Spell it out.
Psychiatrist and memory expert Dr. Gary Small suggests asking someone to spell his or her name, especially if it’s an unusual one. This technique can be helpful if you have a visual memory, as it creates a mental picture of the person’s name.
It may also be helpful to ask for a business card, and to glance at the person’s name while you’re talking to them. This creates greater alignment between the person and the visual name.
Finally, after meeting someone, the first moment that you get, put them into your contacts with a few pieces of information that will help you remember them. This may include their appearance, children’s names, or interests
Many experts suggest that you conjure a verbal game or image when you first hear a name. This could be an alliterative pattern involving something you know about the person, i.e. Forbes.com contributor Helen Coster gives the catchy example of “Joann from Jersey.” Or consider something about the person’s interests or job, i.e. Sarah’s in sales, so Sarah Sells.
Vivian Giang cites this advice she learned from the Dale Carnegie training course, “Picture images that sound like a person’s name — and combine it with other things you know about them. If you meet someone named Laura from Brazil, imagine her with a laurel wreath on her head swimming in the Amazon River.”
4. Make connections.
Another way association can be helpful is to make a connection between the person you’re talking to, and someone else you know with the same name, i.e. Carrie, like my sister.
I received a life-changing tip that was a spin on this from a speaker who spoke to my Vistage group years ago. After meeting the 15 people in our group very briefly, he proceeded to go around the room and repeat each of our names perfectly. His trick? As you meet someone, consider a famous person (or famous to you) who shares their first name and looks somewhat like them, i.e. Ryan looks like Ryan Gosling (if you could be so lucky.) I’ve found that it can be harder to make the association, but once you do, it’s locked in.
5. Choose to care.
Most psychologists and memory experts point out that one of the main reasons we forget someone’s name is that we’re not really focused on learning it in the first place. There’s too much else going on, and it’s vying for our attention.
Author Keith Ferrazzi’s first piece of advice for remembering names is to decide to care. “If you make a conscious decision that you are going to remember names,” he explains, “because you care about the people you meet, you will immediately become much better at doing it!”
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S ome skills you don’t need past graduation: geometry, cursive, the ability to dissect a frog. But memorization is not one of them. Far beyond your final spelling bee, your memory either saves you from—or delivers you to—public humiliation. Just think about the last time you forgot the name of a very important person.
Memory is important in adulthood because it also enables all kinds of life-enriching learning, from remembering several seasons’ worth of football statistics (a very big deal to very loyal fans) to learning a new language.
But keeping it sharp requires practice. Just ask Ed Cooke, who can memorize the order of a shuffled deck of cards in 45 seconds. A fierce competitor in memory tournaments, Cooke was crowned a Grand Master of Memory in his early twenties. (As of last year, there were only 151 Grand Masters of Memory in the world.)
Cooke wanted to figure out the very best way to learn as fast as possible, so he cofounded Memrise, an online language learning program devoted to that mission. “Science actually hasn’t really asked the question, ‘What’s the fastest way to learn?’” Cooke says. “It’s discovered hundreds of things that help learning, but it hasn’t discovered the perfect recipe.”
Today, Memrise launched an online experiment, called Memprize, pitting five very promising learning methods against one another. Earlier, Memrise put out a call for scientists to design the best memorization program. Out of 20 rigorously tested entries, the five being unveiled were the winners—and now, anyone willing to devote a couple hours to experimenting with speedy learning can help determine the winner of Memprize. After entering the experiment at the website, people will play with one of the memorization programs to learn 80 words in an obscure foreign language, like Lithuanian, in an hour. They’ll be tested a week later to determine how much they retained. A winning technique will then be crowned.
“Over time, we might be able to discover and share methodologies of learning that are twice as good as the things that exist,” Cooke says.
From the top 5 methods facing off, Cooke told us some of their top strategies for learning words fast.
- Take a guess. One of the best ways to remember a new word, it turns out, is to guess its meaning before you even know it. You’ll likely be wrong, of course. “But just the act of guessing can mean that when you’re then told the answer, you remember the answer much better than if you don’t guess at all,” Cooke says. It works for names, too, he says. Guess someone’s name when you meet for the first time, and when you learn the real name, you’ll remember it better.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat. It’s well established that repetition is key to memory. But one innovation, called mega-drilling, has proven especially powerful. According to this technique, “you’ve got to actively recall the memory 30 times,” Cooke says. So when you meet someone new, you might want to repeat her name 30 times.
- Create a mnemonic. Use whatever a new word sounds like or makes you think of, and you’ll remember it more. “It helps connect the word to the knowledge you already have in your mind, and the quality of memory which gets formed is much higher,” Cooke says.
- Think spatially. “Humans have an incredible memory for space,” Cooke says. One effective strategy for memorizing words is to picture a room, then attach the word and its meaning to a place in the room.
- Relax already. One of the techniques makes you take a weird little break in the middle of memorization. For a minute, you’re told to watch a video of a waterfall. “You’re wasting lots of time,” Cooke says. “But in the process of staring at this video of a waterfall, it calms you down and relaxes your brain and creates space, in a way, for new memories to form afterwards. Taking time out to rest your brain can actually speed you up in the long run.”
When test time rolls around, many students ask themselves the same question:
“How can I study and remember everything?”
First things first—memorization will only get you so far. In order to perform your best in school, it’s important to make sure you have a meaningful understanding of a subject.
However, studying does require students to use memory in order to remember ideas, concepts, and material for test day. So, while you shouldn’t rely on cramming for a test the night before, you can take steps to improve your memory and make the most of your study sessions.
How can I improve my memory for studying?
Everything takes practice. Many students struggle with remembering facts and material because they simply don’t take the time work their mind on a regular basis. As subjects get harder, they find that their mind is unprepared to tackle the information.
Rather than asking how to memorize faster for exams, students should be learning how to use their memory more effectively while they study.
The answer? Regular study sessions.
The more regularly you review material, the better you can train your mind to remember what you have studied with much more accuracy.
On top of regularly reviewing class material, there are also some memory tricks you can use to help improve your recall for your next test.
8 Easy Memory Techniques for Studying
Try out these memorization tips for students that will help you exercise your mind and improve recall.
Organize your space
To improve your memory, you need to be able to focus. Distractions of any kind will prevent this, so make sure your space is clear of clutter and has all the materials you need for your study session.
Visualize the information
Use the Method of Loci. This is a technique where you visualize a house, associating rooms in the house with bits of information. New information goes into a new room. Open a drawer to find a chemical formula. Open a closet to find the names of the bones in the foot.
Use acronyms and mnemonics
Create patterns and words with from the information you need to remember. Associating the first letter of each item with a word, phrase, or rhyme, can make information easier to recall. These tricks are especially useful to help remember lists and ordered information.
Use image-name associations
Recalling names can be easier by associating images and names in a clever, unique way. Remember the names of the presidents by associating a facial feature with their name, such as ‘Mutton Chops Van Buren’.
Use the chaining technique
Create a story or sentence around a bit of information so that it can be more easily recalled. Remember the order of the planets by telling a tale about them going on a picnic. The story can be silly and fun, which will make it easier to remember.
Learn information by acting it out. Using hand gestures and other movements can help you better remember information with muscle memory. If you can’t move around when studying, use your imagination to picture it in your mind.
Study in different locations
Your memory can be triggered by different cues in your environment. If you are having trouble remembering the material you are studying, try moving to a new spot to help the information stand out in your mind.
Revisit the material
Review the material you studied a couple days after your study session. Make a mental note of anything you have forgotten, and review those areas again.
Learning Isn’t Just About Memorization
Remember, it’s important to use these memory techniques on top of other good study habits like proper time management and organization. This will help make sure you’re not simply memorizing the material, but working toward a deeper understanding of the subject.
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Whether you’re currently pursuing a degree in computer science, a veteran using the GI Bill to choose their next mission, an aspiring self-taught developer, or a coding boot camp student, mastering the craft of programming is a perpetual struggle. To assist in your learning – courtesy of the Coding Dojo instructors – here are seven tips on how to learn programming faster.
1. Learn by doing. Always play with the code while learning
With every new subject, the sooner you start playing with the code, the faster you will learn the given concepts. Even if you blaze through an entire chapter of reading and a topic like for loops seems straightforward – so a monkey could do it – you’ll still be scratching your head when tasked to implement the code for the first time. You’ll think, “wait, what was that one piece of syntax again?” As the saying goes, you need to “use it or lose it”, because despite the evolution of technology, this ole’ proverb holds true when learning to code.
Hint: Build a project as you go through the material. A personal project is often the best starting point.
2. Grasp the fundamentals for long-term benefits
As elementary as they may appear at first, programming fundamentals always need to come first: the better you understand them, the easier it is to learn more advanced concepts. From our experience at Coding Dojo, students who rush through the beginning of our courses – where we focus most on web development fundamentals – are often the first to get stuck as we transition into more advanced material, such as back-end programming. So before you ditch the first class of computer science 101, or skip chapter one of an online tutorial, keep in mind that you are overlooking the most important step in your learning.
3. Code by hand. It sharpens proficiency and you’ll need it to get a job
Computer monitors become thinner, hard drives lighter, and programming languages more powerful, but coding-by-hand still remains one of the most effective methods to learn how to program. Be it on a whiteboard or notebook, coding-by-hand requires further caution, precision, and intent behind every line of code. Because unlike on a computer, you can’t run hand-written code midway through the sheet to check if the work is correct. Although more time consuming, this restriction will mold you into a more fundamentally sound developer, both in the classroom and the job market. For college exams and technical interviews – a critical component of the job interview process – you will have to code-by-hand, because not only is this good for learning, but it’s universally known to be the ultimate test for a programmer’s proficiency. So start early and get used to this old-school practice.
4. Ask for help. You’ll need it
As awesome as it would be to become the next Steve Jobs on your own, the reality is that people learn faster with mentors and peer feedback. What may seem like an immovable bug or topic could be quickly alleviated by a fresh pair of eyes or a new interpretation of the subject. Whether it’s online or in-person, ignore the trolls and don’t be afraid to ask for help, because every programmer has been in your shoes before. Besides, most developers love to code, and if there’s one thing that passionate individuals enjoy, it’s to share their knowledge with others.
Word of Warning: At Coding Dojo we suggest using the 20 minute rule. Take at least 20 minutes to figure something out on your own before asking for help. There’s a good chance that the answer is already in front of you, and besides, struggling makes you a better programmer overall.
Hint: Stackoverlfow and learn programming are gold mines for online programming assistance.
5. Seek out more online resources. There’s a wealth of content
If a particular concept doesn’t make sense, be it on in a textbook, or during class lecture, maintain your confidence and look for alternate online resources to learn the same content. Everyone learns differently, and just because one source doesn’t make sense, doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you. It means that you’re not clicking with the delivery of the material. The online resources to learn computer programming are endless, and there’s always tutorial, or blog explanation that will make the material-at-hand crystal clear.
Hint: Don’t underestimate the power of search.
6. Don’t just read the sample code. Tinker with it!
Reading sample code is not enough to understand how it works. To develop a true understanding, you need to actually run the code and tinker with it. With the additions of comments and instructions, sample code is packaged to be by the reader; but in reality, it’s pretty difficult to replicate from scratch. Reading is not the same as understanding, and actually trying to write the code yourself, or at least running it, will facilitate the learning process much more.
7. Take breaks when debugging
When debugging, it’s easy to go down the rabbit hole for hours, and there’s no guarantee that you will fix the problem. To avoid this, it’s best to step away from the for a few hours, and return with a fresh perspective. Not only is this a guaranteed way to help solve the problem, but you’ll also save yourself hours of headache. So if help isn’t available – to touch on our previous tip about seeking advice – consider taking a break to clear your mind and return later. In the meantime, the bug won’t be going anywhere, and you’ll at least restore some needed sanity to improve productivity.
Conclusion: Keep Calm and Keep On Coding
Despite these 7 tips, the most important ingredient to learn programming faster is to remain confident. To do so, you should expect to fail repeatedly and be patient with your progress; because becoming an expert at anything requires hard work and time. And if a single doubt ever clouds your mind, remember that every programmer this path before – none of them more destined to become a developer than you. Whichever path you are currently on, be it college or coding boot camp, the only barrier to success is your work ethic and confidence to persevere.
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Chinese people have a wise saying: to learn a language means to have one more window out from which you can observe the world.
Indeed, the more languages you know, the better you can understand the world and its different cultures. However, to learn languages effectively, one has to rely on a specific technique or even a couple of them.
To help you learn a new language faster, here are some solid pieces of advice to help you out.
1. Make mistakes
Some people say that you have to make at least two hundred mistakes every day to learn something new. This is especially true with languages. Perfectionism and the fear of committing mistakes are your key enemies while you’re learning.
Instead of criticizing yourself for your errors, you should use the language to the maximum extent possible. This will help you learn to notice mistakes and get them out of your system naturally, instead of just studying them out.
Once you know the basics, you’ll be able to say what you need to say without stuttering. You’ll be able to make expressions that are more advanced and complicated.
In short, give yourself a room for mistakes because they can help you learn better.
2. Learn something new every day
Learning a new language is a process. It’s something you can’t learn quickly. Pushing yourself hard will only burn you out.
To keep yourself moving forward, you need to make it a point to learn and read something every day. Gather a number of texts and read at least one of them.
It can help if you can read different types of texts on a wide range of subjects to expand your perspective. For example, if you are learning English, try reading texts composed by native English speakers.
Visit StudentShare to get some good and clear texts on different topics in English. This resource is of particular assistance in language learning if you are an international college student.
3. Surround yourself with the language you’re learning
Do it, even if it means listening to a foreign music or podcast while you’re driving, cleaning your room, or just relaxing at home.
Try using a website called Linguistica to get access to foreign news. They offer Italian, French, and Spanish news episodes that can be useful for language learners of all levels.
The episodes are delivered in perfect timing. They are slow, but not extremely slow. Moreover, those are current news, which means that it’ll be easier for you to understand what they’re all about.
Listening to the radio, news, or music in a foreign language will help you broaden your vocabulary on recent events. It can also help you talk to native speakers and find a common topic which you can talk about.
4. Watch cartoons
Allow yourself some fun learning sessions and watch your favorite cartoons in a language you are learning. For example, there is a number of Disney cartoons available online in different languages.
Spending time watching cartoons will leave you with pleasant memories and keep you energized you to learn more and more each day.
5. Read jokes
Understanding humor in your target language is not that easy. The reason is that most jokes aren’t just products of words. They can also involve a region’s historical and cultural background, traditions, stereotypes, and other aspects of life.
Despite that, reading jokes and trying to understand them is crucial for you to evaluate your mastery of the language. After mastering a language, you can translate a joke and then invent one.
Learning languages should be interesting and fun. You’ll experience a lot of difficulties and frustrations along the way, but don’t push and kick yourself as these are only parts of the process. You have to constantly practice your tongue, despite the hardships, so that you’ll be able to learn a language faster.
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Get-It-Done Guy’s tips on how to quickly memorize dialogue, dance steps, speeches, and anything else you need to remember quickly.
Memorizing is hard, but we often need to do it, whether it’s for presentations, or concepts we’ll need to refer to, or that 20-minute wedding toast that everyone will remember. And nothing teaches you how to memorize words, movement, or song like musical theater.
Earlier this year, I played a dancing tree in Evil Dead: The Musical. It’s easy to play a dancing tree. You just stand around with a goofy, tree-like grin, and wave your branches. Finding your motivation? It’s easy. Just remember the party you had the night you reached drinking age. (Or don’t remember, as the case may be.) Now, I’ve been cast as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. It’s my first speaking part, and it’s a doozy. I have dozens of pages of dialogue to remember.
How to Memorize Quickly
My first instinct was to open page 1 and start reading. Then go back and re-read. And re-re-read, each time going a little further into the script. Eventually, I would know the whole script because I’d read it a gazillion times. Unfortunately, that didn’t work. And it was boring! By the time I’d memorized half the scene, I got sloppy, because going through the stuff I already knew was boring until I hit the new stuff. The new stuff, the interesting stuff, was always at the end.
Then I remembered what my mother used to tell me. She said, “Stever, always have your meals backwards. Eat dessert first. It’s the best part! And if you’re vaporized by an invading space army’s laser beam weapons halfway through dinner, at least you’ll have eaten the best part.” Is it possible that Mom’s advice would work here, too? Much to my surprise, the answer is yes!
Memorize from the End to the Beginning
For speeches, use the memorize-from-the-end technique to memorize the outline.
To memorize a long passage, I started with the last sentence: “I feel like a heel.” I repeated that until I could do it from memory. Then I added the sentence before it. “You are a good man, and I know you will take good care of Adelaide.” I rehearsed, “You are a good man, and I know you will take good care of Adelaide. I feel like a heel.” But that was too big a chunk to add at once. So first I added just “And I know you will take good care of Adelaide” before “I feel like a heel.” Then I added “You are a good man” to the front of that. I kept adding to the beginning until the entire passage was memorized.
For reasons I don’t completely understand, it was a lot easier. The hard part was up front, and as soon as I got through the new piece, saying the part at the end, which I’d already memorized, just reinforced it.
Memorize the Prompts and Cues!
I was so happy-go-lucky with my newly memorized paragraph that I decided whenever I wanted to be center stage, I’d just trot out my paragraph and say it proud and clear. Then the director informed me that I’m only supposed to say it once, and it has to be at a certain point in the play. Talk about a buzzkill!
If you’re memorizing a response to something—say, a toast you need to give at a certain point in a wedding ceremony—keep working backwards until you’re memorizing not only your part, but the cue line or event that comes right before your part. That way, you’ll know when to deliver your coup de grace. If you’re memorizing dialog, rehearse the other person’s cue line leading right into your line.