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Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 02:36 PM

Okay, some advice would be appreciated here

basically i have to learn 4 conversations(about 2 A4 pages long each) in French, i need to be able to memorize them, along with some questions, for an speaking mock GCSE in 2 days.

any ideas on good techniques and stuff, im pretty bad at french lol
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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 02:45 PM

For my spanish homework I write the words, the translation, and then trace over them, while saying it out loud.
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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 02:52 PM

I find writing, rewriting, highlighting, reading, summarising really helps me learn stuff for law.




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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 02:55 PM

Each person has their own method really.
Mine is to learn line 1, then line 1 and 2, then 1, 2 and 3 and so on until the end.
Others use keywords, I believe you can have some notes in GCSE French (I did back in 2004 xD)
   
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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 03:11 PM

Use mnemonic devices and/or break the conversation into small chunks. For Example (lol pardon my really bad french...)

E: comment ca-va
F: ca va bien
E: voulez-vous manger cette pomme

(ccv)

F: non, je ne l'aime pas
E: d'accord. Alors je vais la manger
F: Ca va. Ca ne fait rien.

(ndc)

So then before me exam, I'm like ccv-ndc, ccv-ndc. But make sure you know what things stand for.. or else you will look stupid =P


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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 03:20 PM

I used to use flash cards for my German exams. I would put a sentence on each side of the card. Sometimes it helps to see things broken down as it all in one big block of text can look a bit daunting. Manageable chunks are the way forward for me!




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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 03:33 PM

Thanks for all the replies everyone
& nope, we aren't allowed any notes or stuff anymore lol x
   
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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 04:34 PM

learning GCSE orals is a PAIN!!!!! I sympathise such a lot!!!
I go through and try and learn them sentence by sentence. When it gets really close I just try and learn some really good sentences....
To be honest, I am RUBBISH at learning things but was lucky enough to be actually good at german and therefore able to ad lib some of it....but I know that is definitely not the case for most pepople, in which case learning by rote line by line is pretty much the only way...
writing, rewriting etc. can be good, but when its in another language that may not help the flow, pronounciation etc. but thats only a personal guess thing, I know it works for loads of people
   
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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 04:54 PM

Eugh I did so badly on mine but for the oral I also tried to learn it line by line then I started saying it out loud to my little sis and it helped a lot more because she corrected me where I went wrong, if that's any help...?


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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 05:17 PM

I find that writing things a few times and reading it to myself as I write it and after I write it really helps for memorization.


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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 09:54 PM

I had FOUR orals for GCSE because I loved languages.
I found that if i wrote the notes out, then tried to learn the first line, then second, then those two together, until I had learned all of it.
Then I would highlight all the sentences I knew and soon enough I had it all learnt.
Or also what I did was record my notes and put it onto mi iPod and just kept listening to it. But that might not be too good if you only have two days.

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Re: Memorizing techniques ? - January 26th 2009, 11:55 PM

Whenever I had to memorize speeches or poems, I'd put it into chunks. Learn the first few lines very well, then the next chunk. Then go over the first two chunks. Then third, then first, second, third and so forth. So:

Chunk A (learn)
Chunk B (learn)
Chunk A + B (learn together)
Chunk C
Chunk A + B + C (learn together)

And just keep going.
Also, knowing the main ideas or big important words, and filling in the rest with what would make sense or best of what you can remember.
   
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