Another very good idea is learning = memorising foreign language vocabulary.
You may have no intention of learning a foreign language. However as those words are (be definition) alien to you, this really forces you to create a picture. And that IS the learning element of this section.
And it doesn’t stop at vocabulary. You can apply the techniques learned
here as well for grammar, und ‘unusual’ bits like French accents.
Furthermore, you can – and I might add – very easily apply your new skill to
multi-word-units. Research this term. This is what gives you native speaker
quality. Briefly: certain words just go together. What is followd by the word
‘torrential’? Rain. Of course. How do you know that? As a native speaker you
just know. As a student of that language you have to acquire that knowledge.
And that can easily be done with connecting the words. Here: connect torrential
(in a picture) with rain (in a picture) in the most unsual way. That’s how
learning takes place. More of this in ADVANCED MEMORY TECHNIQUES: Foreign Languages (Not Active Yet).
One afterthought: look at the masters. The masters of learning a new language. Which is: kids. Well, their first language is new to them, and every parent knows that it can be so funny when they start talking. I give you one example of my daughter: My nappy is used up. At face value, it is a grammatically correct sentence. You just wouldn’t say it. Learning these things is what makes native speaker quality.