And today we have a go with ITALIAN.
And the example is:
balena ó whale.
As in: whale is balena in Italian.
NB: the pre-requisite is: you know what ASSOCIATION means.
Pre-requisite is a fancy word for: you KNOW what Step 1: Association is all about.
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Remember: it works both ways:
From Italian into English.
And from English into Italian.
Scenario 1: Italian into English.
You read or hear the word: balena
#1: how does it sound?
You might hear the words ball and Lena.
#2: Change these words into picture.
Ball: any ball will do. Remember: usually the first picture that came into your head is the best; and: give it a colour. This is not necessary, however it makes it so much more vivid; and that helps immensely.
Lena: anyone in your circle of friends called Lena? That will do just nicely. Or anyone that is famous: that’s fine as well.(Revise: Visualisation)
#3: What does the word mean in English?
Well, it means whale. Now create a picture for whale in your mind. That should be easy enough.
#4: Connect the pictures: how it sounds in Italian and what it means in English.
Never mind the sequence. Remember how association works. The weirder/the crazier: the better. Lena playing with a ball and the whale. Good.
Lena shoving the ball down the throat of the whale (and maybe the whale is choking a bit). Better.
Lena kicking the ball to the whale, and the whale is kicking back, and both of them are laughing or hurting or fighting over the ball. Still better.
Scenario 2: English into Italian
You want to learn that whale means balena in Italian.
#1: Read the word (whale) and see THAT in your mind’s eye.
#2: From google translate or the old-fashioned way: from a dictionary, you find out that whale is balena in Italian.
#3: Similar to above: How can you change balena into a picture?
Well, see above: ball & Lena
#4: Connect the pictures.
Again: just as above.
You will notice later on: it doesn’t make a lot of difference, if it is from Italian into English or the other way around. With a bit of practice, you will not even notice it any more. It becomes second nature.