As an adult, learning a second language can seem more difficult. Our expressions, our dreams, our thoughts, our emotions and even our reality are shaped and defined by language. Learning a second or even a third language also means that we have to learn and adopt a new way of seeing the world. In early childhood our mind absorbs everything it sees and everything it hears, it comes naturally; the more you practice consolidating your memories the more you will remember them. Millions of bilingual people in Canada can attest to that. Indeed who is not bilingual or even trilingual in Montreal! The use of memorization techniques – such as mnemonic tools – can considerably facilitate the memorization of acquired knowledge and is therefore an essential tool for learning a second language.

What is mnemonics?

The term comes from the Greek and means “memory”. These memorization techniques have been used for a very long time and are used to develop strategies that facilitate the memorization of data in our brain. It's about associating either an image with a word, an emotion or even a daily action with what you learn, so your brain will "archive" this information and transform what seems abstract to you into something concrete, real. . These techniques are very effective, not only for language learning, but also for all types of learning.

Why is mnemonics so important?

If you think about memories that tend to never fade, you've probably noticed that the more meaningful they are, the more details you are able to remember. Mnemonic techniques allow you to archive information in your brain in a lasting, visual, even lyrical way. These techniques are very effective in several areas: learning a language, organizing knowledge, on a daily basis, such as at school or university.

Examples of mnemonic tools

During your years in primary or secondary school you were confronted with "memories" when taking a test or exam, but in fact, these mnemonic tools can be used to bin more

Do you remember how to place your hands next to each other, fists clenched, to remember which months of the year have 30 or 31 days?

English speakers are used to learning the 4 cardinal points by repeating the following sentence: “Never Eat Wheat Shredded”. The same goes for primary school children remembering the eternal question: But where is Ornicar? so as never to forget the "terrible" coordinating conjunctions in French.  

Second language learning and mnemonic tools

Mnemonic techniques no longer have anything to prove in learning a foreign language. The more you will be able to associate a familiar image with the newly acquired vocabulary word or syntax, the more you will develop a systematic use of the target language and all translation pitfalls will be eliminated because this stimulating and playful learning will develop logical deduction and not rote in your mind.

At Académie Linguistique C the methodology used to teach a foreign language is based on the communicative method, deductive grammar, and learning vocabulary through an association of ideas or images so that the student progresses quickly and develops fluency. in oral interaction. Need help to learn or improve French or English contact us and register.