Welcome to learning Malaysian by word association.
Word association makes learning Malaysian fun, effective and easy. First I tried to learn Indonesian (which is based on Malay) and it was tough, clumsy and hard work. However, I persisted, because I wanted so much to feel more comfortable in a foreign land by being able to talk to the locals.
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Many years ago, I was reading a book about memory and how to use stories to remember lists of things. Using word associations is a bit like that.
I started writing lists of word associations for Indonesian words and turned it into a book, then adapted it for Malaysian,
Learning new words is now easy and fun and that’s what I want to share with you.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating so I’ve provided as many ways for you to try the method and check out the Book and App as I can think of.
Here are some words for you to learn so you can see how easy it is!
How many/much = Berapa (Pr: BeR-apa)
Imagine at the market you want to know how much for the sarong but you can’t hear because of the rapping bears. How many bear-rappers are there?
The funnier, more ludicrous or emotive and association you make the strong the memory of it will be.
Will = Akan (Pr: Ah-kaan)
Imagine you are at an airfield and you will learn to fly, then you can tell everyone “Ah I can”.
Put yourself in the scene as if you are actually there.
The associations provide the key to your memory .
I = Saya (Pr: Sigh-a)
Imagine you meet a man who sighs a lot and introduces himself as, “It is I the sigher”.
We tend to remember things like your wedding, great holidays and particularly things that are funny or unusual.
Later = Nanti (Pr: Nan-tee)
Imagine you are excited that later you will go to your Nan’s for Tea and have Nan-Tea.
If it makes us laugh – (or groan) all the better.
Beach = Pantai (Pr: Pan-tie)
Imagine you go to the beach and everyone has a pan around their necks. You ask someone and they explain it’s the new fashion beach wear called a Pan Tie.
You’re linking your playful, creative brain with your logical memory brain. That’s how we remember best!
Drink = Minum (Pr: Min-um)
Imagine you are in a coffee shop and you order the
minimum size drink.
Incredibly, the more words you learn using association, the easier it becomes.
Meet = Bertemu (Pr: BeR-temoo)
Imagine you meet your friend Bert and he moos at you. Bert, he moos!
Learning this way your long term recall is increased to nearly 90%.
For = Untuck (Pr: Oon-tuk)
Imagine for you to untuck your bed, you must first lift the mattress.
If you’re learning more than one language add something about the country to the scene and you won’t get mixed up.
In/ At/ On = Di (Pr: Dee)
Imagine you are in trouble deep when you forget to leave your tax return on the table at the Tax Office.
Well done – you now have 10 words of Indonesian and Malaysian to play with. Click below to get some free stuff!
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The books contain everything you need to speak and write Malaysian for travelling and holidays.
The book is structured so you get the most out of using the technique of word association and some diversions for light relief. The simplicity of presentation, humor and cartoons, make learning a joy rather than a chore.
Here’s a summary of what you’ll find…
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+50% immediate recall
+88% long term recall
Atkinson & Raugh
AN APPLICATION OF THE MNEMONIC KEYWORD METHOD TO THE ACQUISITION OF A RUSSIAN VOCABULARY
How it works
Remembering isn’t difficult – recall is.
Word association provides the key to your memory.
It’s a delightful way to link new words to words you already know, saving you time and effort
How it works
Left side of your brain is primarily involved with logic and language, but, strangely – not memory.
Your brain disassociated
Right side of your brain is can imagine, invent and visualise which is great for learning new experiences, but doesn’t do language. So guess what…
Lingo Links bring these two parts together, & magic happens. You create strong associations which stimulate learning.
Your brain in harmony
You already know the English language so why not use it to add new words to what you already know? This is called hooking. Once you have a basis in any skill, it’s far easier to add to it.
Studies carried out by Atkinson & Raugh show a marked improvement in retention of language using a word association or mnemonic method of learning. For learning Spanish – the results were 3 times better than learning using traditional methods.
Other tests showed a considerable improvement in immediate recall. The associations used were very simple and still the results were marked.
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Words retained using the method
At least 3 times more effective than traditional learning methods.
Over 270 Million people speak Indonesian and Malaysian.