Learning or knowing a language is a skill and not just knowledge. It should be practiced regularly to increase your familiarity and exposure to the new words/phrases you learn. Language study requires self discipline and determination. The basic or common challenge you will face is memorisation. This is challenging because you are trying to get acquainted with the words you have never known before or maybe never heard in your Life time. Therefore, holding fast to the words/ phrases learned is equally as important as grasping them. So, you have to find ways to be a good retainer, not just a good receiver.
Psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus was one of the first to scientifically study forgetfulness, using himself as the subject. His results plotted in what is known as the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve, and from this curve, the following theories were deduced.
• You forget information most rapidly, within the first one hour of grasping, and an estimate of more than 50% of the information you get can be forgotten within this short time limit.
• Another very interesting deduction from his curve is, the more repetitions, the more a long- term memory is established.
From the analysis above, we can gain an insight into the best ways of keeping new words and grammar in our memory.
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