[tlhIngan Hol] Vocabulary learning method

mayqel qunenoS mihkoun at gmail.com
Tue Aug 9 10:26:33 PDT 2016

Over the time, I have written many "hints and tips", which I used in
order to learn ; however the "vocabulary learning method" is by far
the best.

And in order to make it complete, I need to add these details :

Once you have begun learning the vocabulary, it is crucial that the
ONLY time of day you will allow yourself to learn/revise new words,
must be while you're performing this method. At no circumstance must
you fall in the trap -while writing- to look up a word.

Why ? Because you need to force your mind to cough up the necessary
words when needed ; you need to get used to, that while you're
studying the letter/letters of the day it is your only chance to learn
so that you'll be able to write.

Now, lets say that while you're writting, you don't remember a word.
It doesn't matter ; Write the word which comes to mind even if you're
almost certain it is wrong. The trick is simple : When the time comes
to read at the daily revision that word -the word which you forgot-,
then because you will have been wandering "was I right or wrong?", at
that time that word will be burnt into your mind.

As americans say "it works like a charm".

mop qIj qunnoq

On Sun, Aug 7, 2016 at 2:19 PM, mayqel qunenoS <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
> 'op ret jIjatlhta':
> tlhIngan Hol vIghojbe'chugh vaj jIleSQo'.
> DaH, jIjatlhqa': tlhIngan Hol naQ (pab mu'tay je) vIghojbe'chugh vaj
> jIleSQo'.
> po'wI' vImojbe'chugh vaj jIleSQo' !
> 'ej capricorn jIHmo', jIlujbe'bej. tagha' tlhIngan Hol HuD'a' vItoSbej.
> mop qIj qunnoq
> Sent from my goat phone
> On 7 Aug 2016 2:10 p.m., "mayqel qunenoS" <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
> 'ej DaH, ghojmeH mIw vIQubqa'ta'mo', jIwuqta' :
> tlhIngan Hol vIghItlhtaHvIS, not mu'tay vIleghqa'. not !
> mu'mey vIqawmeH jIraD'eghnIS.
> mop qIj qunnoq
> Sent from my goat phone
> On 7 Aug 2016 2:04 p.m., "mayqel qunenoS" <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
>> this is written without a dictionary, so if anything appears weird you
>> know the reason.
>> mu'mey veb vIghItlhbe'taH, jInaD'egh vIneHlaw'mo'. vIghItlhtaH, teHbejmo'
>> bIH.
>> Qapbej mIwvam -mIw vIDelta'bogh-. 'IHqu' !
>> cha'logh mu'tay vIlaDta', 'ej wejHa' mu' law' vIqawlaH.
>> tlhIngan Hol ghojlu' neHlu'chugh, vaj mu'tay ghojnISbej. yapbe' pab neH.
>> mu'tay ghojDI' -poHvetlh neH-, tlhIngan Dop 'IH leghlaH.
>> mop qIj qunnoq
>> Sent from my goat phone
>> On 25 Jul 2016 12:05 p.m., "mayqel qunenoS" <mihkoun at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The human mind has an amazing capacity of understanding and processing
>>> new information, and it is a fact too that we all learn in different
>>> ways. However, when the mind encounters new information (in our case
>>> vocabulary), the following four points could be said in order to
>>> describe what will happen :
>>> 1. first it will remember the words which it considers important
>>> 2. then it will remember the words which for some reason it will find
>>> strange
>>> 3. then the words which are constantly revised
>>> 4. when it encounters a new word and forgets it, some time has to pass
>>> before a second revision of that word takes place, if that revision is
>>> to be successful.  however that time must not be too long.
>>> If someone wants to learn klingon, (or any language real or
>>> constructed), he has to learn the vocabulary. Learning the grammar,
>>> and relying on a dictionary just won't cut it (as americans would
>>> say..).
>>> But here comes the question ; how does one proceed in order to learn
>>> the vocabulary ?
>>> There are many ways..
>>> Some people memorize one word at a day, others memorize 10 or 20, some
>>> try to learn it as they speak or write klingon.
>>> But the problem is that all these methods, take too long. Depending on
>>> what someone qualifies as a separate word deemed worthy of a separate
>>> entry in a dictionary, klingon possesses 2000-3000 (give or take a
>>> few) words. If you proceed, by learning one word at a day you need
>>> 2000 days just to go through the vocabulary once, let alone revision..
>>> If you learn 20 words a day, then again you need 100 - 150 days,
>>> revision excluded. And won't you miss a day ?
>>> So, in order to get the job done, this is what you need to do :
>>> Open your dictionary and each time read just a single letter. For
>>> example start with the letter "A". Start reading without trying to
>>> memorize. You're reading : ".. this word means that, the next word
>>> means this, the word after is whatever..".
>>> The important thing is not to stress yourself, or fall into the trap
>>> of trying to "actively memorize". You just breeze through the word
>>> list of a specific letter (in our example the letter A), and while
>>> reading you must be trying to stay relaxed. Don't force yourself to
>>> memorize, and don't pause to ask in your mind "did I learn that
>>> previous entry ?".
>>> Now, when you finish letter A you will see :
>>> 1. the whole process was easy
>>> 2. it took only 15-20 minutes
>>> 3. your mind learned some words which for you are important
>>> 4. your mind learned additional words which you found strange for
>>> whatever reason.
>>> 5. words you were wondering about from the previous revision, now became
>>> clearer
>>> 6. and although you didn't realize that you actually learned something
>>> new, if you try and write, you'll notice that suddenly words crop up
>>> in your mind out of nowhere.
>>> The beauty of this method is the following :
>>> 1. Even for a letter which has many entries, it doesn't take more than
>>> 15-20 minutes
>>> 2. It is easy ; you don't even work up a headache
>>> 3. It can be repeated twice a day
>>> .. and most importantly :
>>> 4. It goes through the entire vocabulary in a matter of 10 days. Why
>>> 10 days ? Because some letters have very few entries, thus being able
>>> to read 2, or more of them at a time. (each "time" considered as a
>>> period of 15-20 minutes).
>>> With this method, in a month someone is able to process the entire
>>> vocabulary 2-3 times, which is way faster than any other learning
>>> method (of the ones we talked about earlier).
>>> So, finally, someone will ask : How long would it take for someone to
>>> learn ?
>>> Because we're all different, there's no way of accurately predicting ;
>>> but from personal experience, I will say that after 2-3 months you'll
>>> be able to write in klingon, without needing to be constantly reaching
>>> for the dictionary.
>>> Is there a catch (as americans say..) to all this ?
>>> Yes there is.. It is boring as hell, and the more words you learn, the
>>> more difficult it becomes to overcome the boredom of sitting down and
>>> going through them again. Also, for this method to work, you need to
>>> be writing/using klingon daily, for your mind to *feel*, that the
>>> words it processes are indeed important.
>>> But as with everything in life, it all comes down to a simple question :
>>> How bad do you want it ?
>>> mop Hurgh

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