It’s also good to have a key image connected with a “bridging figure.” With “an,” for example, you could have Annikin Skywalker, or Anne of Green Gables or anything concrete and visual that you associate with “an.” For more on visualization, the Magnetic Memory Method Masterclass includes a course called “Visualization Mastery.” Now as it happens, I’ve just been working on a portion of my ‘A’ Memory Palace devoted to “an” words in German (or words that change meaning when “an” is added to them).One of my ‘A’ Memory Palace starts in a home my mother used to live in down a forest lane.It’s important, however, to take time before getting started to predetermine and prepare the way in advance.
But by now, I’ve got so many items, I’ve wandered out of the house and have made it halfway to town along a 30km road.
For the purposes of this example, I’m going to place an imaginary bookcase right in front of the peacock farm (yes, there really is a peacock farm and you have to slow down when driving past it because it is part of a school zone).
You do not need this many stations in your Memory Palaces or thousands of Memory Palaces.
For one thing, a proper Memory Palace Network can be scaled.
Imagine, for example, having a bookcase in a room and placing 5-10 words on each shelf. Let’s say that you decide upon having 10 bookcases per room in a 10 room memory palace.
If each bookcase has 10 levels and you store just one word per level, then you have a room with 100 words in it.I see this image big, bright and colorful in my mind and the action of forcing the bag into the urn is very exaggerated. One shelf down, I place “anbahnen.” This word has a somewhat similar meaning, in that it indicates initiating something.This move is tricky, because it’s more conceptual than concrete, but the first thing that comes to mind is Annikin Skywalker feverishly “initiating” the launch of a peacock into outer space, its mouth filled with bon-bons.Now I see Annikin Skywalker kneeling before a bed, begging the peacock he first flirted with and then tried to launch into outer space to let him into the bed so he can get some rest after a long day of being a former hero who fell so badly from grace.And he is really begging in a larger-than-life way, tears and everything.Now, to set myself up for even greater ease and success, I’m going to focus on words that start with “an” followed by “b.” Not every language lets you do this, but German does. Whatever language you’re working on, there will almost always be some memorization advantage you can exploit if you keep your eyes open for opportunities.On the top shelf of this bookcase, I’m going to place the word “anbaggern.” It means “to flirt.” To memorize this word, I see Annikin Skywalker flirting with a peacock who is shoving a plastic bag into an urn.I would go from the top to bottom myself, but go with whatever works for you.The point is to move in a linear progression without skipping shelves.You can hear us chatting in Berlin on 16 Heavy Metal Memory Methods For German and Music.From there, I would continue on down to the bottom of the shelf and start again on the second one, or move to the next room, etc.