Memorista Uses Memory Aids To Teach Foreign Languages

Memorista Uses Memory Aids To Teach Foreign Languages

Some folks swear by flashcards to learn a foreign language, while others rely on memory aids and mnemonics. Language education web site Memorista gives you both in one package.

Memorista currently offers learning tools for 5 languages—French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. Choose from several flashcard packs for each language, like People, Basic Expressions, or Food and Drink. Each word or phrase is presented in flashcard format, and accompanied by a mnemonic to help you associate the words. When you think you’ve mastered a category, Memorista tests you to check your progress.

The site isn’t designed to teach you the intricacies of a foreign language or give you the fluency of an international translator. Instead, it’s a clever way travellers, tourists, and budding linguists can learn key phrases and basic vocabulary.

Have you ever tackled learning a foreign language as an adult? What tricks helped the vocabulary stick in your head? Let us know in the comments.



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