Inner Speech and Inner Drawing Techniques
Repetition using mental speech and mental drawing is used for the types of information that need to be fixed in the memory before becoming a reflex. These include various figurative codes, foreign words, and characters of a new alphabet.
What is the difference between imagining a visual image and mentally drawing it? When you imagine a visual image, it should be represented as: large, detailed, three-dimensional, and in color. Mental (inner) drawing involves an eye movement (motion memory). Imagine that you write something with chalk on a blackboard or with paint on a wall – this is roughly what mental drawing is.
You need to mentally draw unfamiliar signs, new foreign words the way they are written.
Reflex connections are created slowly and between different analytical systems.
To fix information on a reflex level is to create a reflex connection between different analytical systems, mainly between the visual, speech, and movement analyzers.
Fixing Figurative codes
Remember the “beer” image that represents number 35. Keep it in your imagination for some time. Slowly draw “35” on the image itself or in its background. Repeat the operation several times every day for 3 to 4 days.
As a result of simultaneously imagining the visual image and the corresponding eye movement, the brain will fix this connection. Later, when you remember the image of beer, it will automatically switch on your eye movement and draw “35” in your imagination. Meanwhile, it will seem to you that you automatically remembered the number.
Fixing Foreign Words
Remember an image that represents a Russian word. Say, an image of a house. Read image hints that represent sounds of the English language: “domino” - |dom| sound. Thanks to high inertness of the speech analyzer, you will be able to keep the pronunciation of |dom| in your conscience for a long time.
Then make several actions at once: imagine a house; mentally pronounce its name |dom|; and draw the way it is written: DOM. You will find this combination of processes to be fairly common in foreign language workbooks promising to teach you Spanish, French, English, etc. quite quickly; they involve reading, seeing, and writing. The more systems involved in making connection, the quicker the reflex recall will be developed.
As a result of repeated. one-time activation of nerve cells of three different analytical systems, a stable reflex connection will be created among them. Visual image – visual analyzer. Word pronunciation – speech analyzer. Word spelling and writing – movement analyzer.
Fixing New Signs
Remember to use an image that gives you a hint at the word pronunciation. Read an image from it that implies its spelling. Then, draw the sign in your imagination as you pronounce it out loud or to yourself.
If you need to store an image implying the pronunciation of the sign in your memory, you should draw and pronounce the sign in the background of this image.
Reflex connections take a long time to create. When you memorize foreign words, do not cheat yourself. If you memorized a word in the evening and got an “A” in the morning, this does not necessarily equate to true knowledge. If foreign words are not fixed on the reflex level, they will be completely forgotten. Then, you will only have a diploma left after a language course... thanks for the memories.
How to Check the Reflex Level of Memorization
The principle is very simple. If a reflex connection is created, it has to work very quickly and automatically. Remember the way your hand is pulled away from a hot iron – this is a reflex, though unconditional, one genetically “built in” to your brain.
In order to check the quality of foreign word memorization, write the words down on cards. This is necessary in order to quickly obtain a random sequence of elements. Now, place the cards on a table one by one and translate the words from Japanese into English or vice versa. Pay attention to your speed of translation. If you translate a random word in one second, the word is fixed in memory and will not be forgotten. If you need time to think about a word, it is not yet fixed and will be forgotten soon.
This is also the way you can ascertain which signs and figurative codes which may be poorly fixed in your brain.
So, the quality of foreign word memorization is tested by recognition speed. Simple use of these words is an illusion of memorization. Remember this when studying a foreign language.
You can easily examine what comprises a reflex memorization. Letters of your native tongue alphabet are fixed at the reflex level in your brain. Now read the letters in this sentence: ecnetnes sith ni sletter eht daer won. New signs, figurative codes, and foreign words should be read just as easily. A reflex reacts without delay – and, if there is a delay, it is not yet a reflex.
Note that developing the information repetition skill in order to fix it in your memory is just as important as forming the skill of information memorization using visual images.
You must train yourself to repeat information – just as meticulously as you train yourself to memorize it.