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Old July 3rd, 2017, 04:49 AM   #1
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How do you guys focus and memorize the things the you need to memorize? In my case I have to memorize a chinese script (12 sentences)
Can you guys give me advice on how i can put the sentences in my mind and not forget it?
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Old July 3rd, 2017, 06:37 AM   #2
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I had to do this before in French. Learn one sentence at a time - then say it out loud. As you learn each new sentence, say the whole thing out loud again and again until it sticks. That really helped me.

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Old July 3rd, 2017, 11:27 AM   #3
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I'll give you the advice an actor I admire gave me when I was doing an audition and had to learn an entire Shakespeare monologue... and not a short one either:

Do it until you're sick of it. Read it out loud and everywhere. Go one sentence at a time, adding on sentences as you go. Recite it in the shower, as you're cooking, walking down the street (ignore the weird looks, it happens), etc. Anything to cement it in your mind in any context.

It sounds obsessive but that's the best way you learn. Repetition in different contexts. If you only learn it in the mirror, you're going to feel unprepared without the mirror. So just do it wherever.

Also, 12 sentences isn't bad. With enough practice, you can easily have that down in a couple of days. Just don't stop once you know it because you'll start to forget. You won't have to practice as often but still keep it in mind and go over it now and again.
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I completely agree with the above posters; repetition is key. Recite it aloud so it feels natural. Another thing that wasn't mentioned that helps me a lot is writing it down. Write it until you can copy it from memory.

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Old July 3rd, 2017, 03:16 PM   #5
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Okay I have been in similar situations buddy, what I do is write it out literally dozens of times, then see if you can try to write it out without looking at it, for me at least it forces my mind to memorise it rather than just repeating it and then continue until it is stuck in your head!! It is easy, just takes time

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try recording your voice saying the entire script, and then listen to that over and over. easier and more effective than just tedious re-reading
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Old July 12th, 2017, 04:55 PM   #7
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I advise you to read Quintiliano's advices in his work "Istitutio oratoria" about memory and the thecniques to improve it. I've studied it last month and benefited from! I love the first sentence of the book, in my opinion in it is condensed an important messagge. "memoriae quidam naturae modo esse munus exsistimaverunt, estque in ea non dubie pLurimum, sed ipsa excolendo sicut alia omnia augetur". So memory is a gift of nature, but is important cultivating it to not lose this gift!

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I usually read the lesson first. Then, repeat in my mind (with eyes closed) what I just read. That helped me survive 2 years in the university so far lol

Practice is also the key. Especially in math and language subjects
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Okay, might be a bit late, but for the people who want to know how I do it, here it is:
I like to use the memory of the muscle. You get your translated story in front of you and take the first word of that sentence. Then you want to pick the same word, but then from your untranslated story. You do this for the second word, the third, fourth et cetera. This is what I use if I have to learn entire texts for an old greek test (and what I did at the time I still had Latin). You wil move on if you know the first sentence. You have to have your untranslated, in my case, Greece text in front of you in order to translate it on paper, so it is not learnt to be spoken, but to be written down.
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