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The best way to memorize any type of knowledge, but especially languages, is to learn it in bite-sized chunks and to focus on repetition, using all the different learning styles such as kinesthetic, visual and auditory (please go on-line to establish your learning style):
- If you are a visual learner, use colours and different coloured papers for different grammatical functions i.e: blue for nouns, red for verbs, green for adjectives etc... Write flash cards that you can take with you anywhere (bag, car, in your pockets etc..) or leave in strategic places around the house, and then keep on reading them. You can do the same with post-its and leave them above the kettle, in the bathroom, by your bedside etc...
- If you are an auditory learner, listen to CDs in the car, on your IPod, record your teacher and record yourself. You will hear the different accents and then be able to improve on yours. Listen to the music of the language everywhere, in the bath, when you are waiting for the bus or walking to work/school etc... The rhythm and intonation of the language will soon become more familiar and you will start to differentiate the gaps between the words and sentences, thus making understanding of the gist easier.
- If you are a kinesthetic learner, then writing with a PEN is the answer. The computer is not good enough. You need to "own" the words. So get your pads out and rewrite the lessons, make columns of words etc..
Most people are a mix of theses three learning styles. Try what is best for you. Bonne Chance!