Memory Training, Its Laws and Their Application to Practical Life

Memory Training, Its Laws and Their Application to Practical Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...has, so far as I know, followed the psychological laws of the mind; i. e., the natural laws of thinking as traced by psychology. In the grammars the first words the pupil has to learn are chosen, without paying any regard as to whether the foreign word is related to the English word or not; e. g. houxe is in French maixon; now maison is in no way related to house; neither sound nor spelling come in any way near each other, so that at least a few letters of the word might suggest the other. Hence the difficulty in learning such words. The mind has an aversion for such leaps from the known to the unknown; it ever tries to bridge over by intermediate steps from the one to the other, thus converting the "unknown" into a "partly known." According to these laws of nature, the only correct, and the easiest, way of learning foreign words is to put before the pupil those words first which are naturally related to each other, then those which can still be deduced from them, and last of all those between which no relationship whatever can he traced. But even these will offer no difficulty to students of this system, as by correlation they can make the most abstruse word easy. I once compiled a list of words of identical origin between English and German, and thus found about 1,600 words; 1,300 of these I then arranged into a continuous series, like the "language" series in the first lesson, making them doubly easy to learn. From the above 1,000 words I was able to deduce about 3,000 more words. This would make 4,600 words in all. I admit that amongst these there were a number of words which do not occur frequently; but, supposing that only 3,000 vords were useful ones, one would have already learned in a most easy manner more than half the stock of words...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666065X
  • 9781236660657