New Methods of Remembering

Language learning still opens the door to new discoveries even after years and years of self-studying. It’s really amazing. Today, I learnt of two new methods of remembering that I have never heard before. They are called the Iversen Method and the Goldlist Method. There is no connection between them whatsoever though.

The Iversen Method gets you to remember five words at one go. It is effective in that you don’t just remember words flashcard by flashcard, as we tend to forget them straight after we are done with them.

The Goldlist Method is harder to understand, and I am rather sceptical as to how effective it would be, but I am willing to give it a try. To go about doing it, first write down 25 words purposefully but do not try to memorise them. Then after two weeks or more have passed, go back to the list of words and discard eight items that are most familiar, and carry the remaining seventeen into a new list. The point is for the words to go straight into long-term memory, without memorising, but more of… absorbing them.

I will be using both methods. Iversen for Japanese and Goldlist for Korean.

For the Iversen Method, I will only put in words that I still cannot remember after revising them several times on Anki.

For the Goldlist Method, I will be remembering these 6000 most common Korean words.
I will also be blogging my progress with the Goldlist Method, so that everyone who is interested as to whether it really works or not, can have something to consider with. Of course, this is あくまでも my personal opinion, so please do try the Goldlist method for yourself as well. You will be able to follow me on my journey of trying out the Goldlist Method posts by clicking the Goldlist tag.

More information about the Iversen Method can be found here

More information about the Goldlist Method can be found here

✿ All the best with your language learning too ✿


6 thoughts on “New Methods of Remembering

  1. Cool! I wish I knew about these learning methods when I was learning foreign languages back then — the flashcard method was simple but hard to remember in the long run. 😦 Good luck!

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    1. Are you still learning foreign languages now? Do give these a go, it’s never too late!
      The Anki spaced repetition flashcard system is still my most favourite method so far though! 🙂
      ☆ Good luck to you too ☆


  2. I haven’t adopted any formal methods, except that of Pimsleur because I return regularly to the CDs. The spaced repetition in those works very well for me, though, with no time pressures, I’ve realized that working hard for some weeks, then taking a break, then returning to an earlier point and repeating is more effective for me than carrying on indefinitely. That might also be my lifestyle intruding on my studies, though. 🙂

    Last night I finished a novel translated from the Japanese, and kept thinking about you and your studies. “The Great Passage” by Shion Miura. It’s a novel about a team creating a dictionary, so it goes down interesting paths about types of words and definitions and relationships… Fundamentally, it was about the characters, but it glowed with a love of the language, and the power of language itself. You might enjoy it. The English translation by Juliet Winters Carpenter is good, too. The book read “foreign, but nicely translated.” (Some translations are just awkward and hard to enjoy.)

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    1. Nice to hear about your study methods 😀
      And oh wow! A team creating a dictionary! That sounds very interesting!!! (for want of a better vocab).
      I just checked out the Japanese version, Fune wo Amu. I might attempt to read the original! Thank you so much for recommending, and also for thinking about me 🙂 how sweet.


  3. How did your learning go with The Gold List Method? People never seem to follow up after they say they are going to try this method. I’m dying to know if you can actually LEARN a language this way?

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    1. Hi Kevin. Sorry I didn’t follow up on this method. I have a reason for that actually. I started the Gold List Method in my home country, but I didn’t bring my books over to Japan because they were too big and heavy. That is why I stopped. I might give it a go again sometime in the future – but no promises because I’m too busy with Korean grammar and Shamisen practice ^^;;


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