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Using Spaced Repetition to Fuel Language Learning
October 10, 2022

It's our dream to store all information in one run, but we all know that for most of us, that's not the case. As a result, we will explore the concept of human memory and how it relates to language learning. Because of its importance for memory and learning, the term "spaced learning" will play a central role in this article. Spaced learning is a technique that necessitates a sufficient number of repetitions and memorization of acquired knowledge. Multiple repetitions of the same expertise help us gate new knowledge from our short-term to long-term memory. We can have the best learning experience by using retention to our advantage.

When discussing knowledge retention, we must emphasize the location of memorization. As important as it is, the human brain is one of the most fabulous creations. Any damage to the brain will have an impact on the human body. Advertisements tout the benefits of eating certain foods or supplements to improve memory. In addition, humans pushed their brain's capacity to the limit by competing in memory competitions, for example. Humans are information-gathering creatures. Babies, for instance, absorb everything. The child's brain works very differently from the adult's brain from birth to six. Young babies absorb enormous amounts of data from their surroundings. However, we do not lose the ability to store new information until old age. Furthermore, we can use everything we learn about ourselves to store data more efficiently.

We use short-term memory to refer to the simple temporary storage of data. Through retention, our brain starts to classify information as necessary, and it will be subjected to a subsequent revision, after which we will store it in long-term memory. We can extend this simple model by introducing working memory that temporarily stores and manipulates information. Working memory functions as a system to carry out complex activities such as thinking, learning, and comprehension. With our working memory, we can call up and use data from long-term memory. In addition, our working memory can help us store certain information for extended periods.

This concept is well transferable to language learning. By repeating words at certain intervals of a few minutes, hours, or days, we can move the terms into our long-term memory. With various exercises that require remembering the appearance of a word, the order of the letters, and the sound of the word, we can speed up the promotion of our long-term memory. In addition, it helps us to challenge our working memory with various quizzes and tests. That allows us to signal our brain the importance of certain words. The depth with which we deal with unfamiliar words has a significant impact on how quickly we classify a word as essential and thus retain it in our memory over the long term. For example, it can be a great advantage if we not only write and hear a new word but also speak it ourselves.

Although our brains all work differently, there are similar patterns that we can use to understand the human brain better. We're remarkably similar when figuring out how often we should repeat a new word. For example, we've found that asking for a term before we forget it is most effective. So that we have a vague but existent memory of the respective word, so if we have trouble with a term, we should call it up again after a few minutes if possible. Words that are easier for us but bring to mind again after hours or even days. If we still know a word after days spent doing other things, we can assume that our brain has reliably stored the term in long-term memory.

Single words, especially when our brain fails to create an association with other knowledge, take longer to get there. Here we must not lose patience after many repetitions. Usually, this brings us longer, and we must not humiliate ourselves. In addition, we found that the more syllables a word has, the harder it is for us to remember the word. That's why we must be patient, especially with words with many syllables. Suppose a term does not want to be in our memory. In that case, we can actively form mental bridges to remember the word with the help of an artificial association. We can use things that sound similar to the word or form a sentence that puts the word in a context that is relevant to us.

However, finding an optimal order in which we should repeat words is difficult. We would have to manually categorize each word using everything we've learned about our memory skills. Instead, LENGO saved when each word was last repeated and how well you have mastered it to ensure that this succeeds. After considering several factors, the app creates a schedule where we should ideally repeat the word. Accordingly, a term is selected automatically, and an optimal learning order is determined. When we open a new lesson or complete an exercise, the recommended words are automatically selected.

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