The Easiest Way to Memorize Chinese Words

If you want to become proficient in Chinese, you must learn how to memorize Chinese words. In this article, Daniel Nalesnik, founder of Hack Chinese will share his personal conclusions, based on his experience moving to China as a complete beginner, and then passing the highest levels of the official proficiency exams several years later. …

Hybrid mental structures

Mental palaces are economic in terms of encoding, mindmaps are more flexible and easy to modify. We do not teach the hybrid memory structures in basic courses, they appear in masterclasses. Here I want to give a short promo. Who creates mnemonic methods? Mnemonic methods were originally developed for public speakers. In the middle ages, …

Contextual markers

People often have the best mnemonic devices ever and do not even realize this. In this article, I will address just such a case. Happy Anna A couple of days ago, I went home and found my wife in an unusually cheerful mood. She explained a professional linguist a thing or two about remembering languages …

Productive insomnia

Recently I had more opportunities to work with sleep hacking. I feel more productive but also exhausted. My productivity doubled for the time of the experiment. And I am ready to share some things I learned about sleep. Polyphasic sleep Our monophasic 9 hours per night sleep is a modern creation, a result of long …

Disambiguation

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Some words mean many things. How do we memorize them? How should we read and remember wordplay? How should we search dictionaries when we encounter new words? These are valid questions without equally valid answers. I will try to address them here. The question that leads to this post I month ago one of my …

Mental palaces in renaissance art

Dan Brown finds great plots and conspiracies in renaissance and baroque art. We are on a different quest:¬† wisdom and knowledge of the magnificent mental palaces we can use. Philosophy visualized The main role of artists in renaissance and baroque era was the visualization of complex ideas in an easy to remember form. The artists …

Declutter mental palaces

Mental palaces are open to interpretation. There is no single authority in the world who can say which mental palace is better. Here I will provide some of my own ideas, which are unique to my approach. Finding mental palace We use our mental palaces to store all sorts of visualizations. This is one of …

Memory, Meditation and Victorious Mind

Anthony Metivier is one of my mentors for a very good reason: he always has something new and exciting to tell. Recently he released a book called “The Victorious Mind“. This book happened to be a best-seller on Amazon for a while. This article is inspired by the book. I seriously recommend reading the book, …

Using text as memory palace

As we work with texts, we may need no other physical structure to store our visualizations. The text’s own structure may be sufficiently unique to be used almost like a memory palace. I did not previously encounter this technique anywhere except for my wife’s lessons. The beauty of the text When we see a printed …

Being overwhelmed: Paris syndrome

When I drive I occasionally listen to the radio. One of the shows discussed a syndrome called by the name of a city. I knew nothing about it, but once I hear something I remember. So I checked out here, here, and here and decided to write about similar experiences. To see Paris and die …