How do you say memorize in German

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You probably know that too: you only hear a song a few times and you can sing along with it without any problems. You get such catchy tunes quickly! But when you are supposed to memorize a poem and recite it, you can barely memorize a line. That's strange, because poems and songs are actually very similar. Poems and song texts always have one rhythmSo the text is structured in a meaningful way. They are also often in Stanzas written and own one rhyme. Take a look at a few lines from the famous ballad "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:


Walle! walls
Some route
That, for the purpose
Water flow
And with a rich, full surge
Pour into the bath.

And now these lines of text from a song by the German rapper Cro:


Baby please don't worry about money anymore
Just give me your hand, I'll buy you the world tomorrow.
No matter where you want, we fly around the world.
Leave immediately if you don't like it here.

Did you notice something? Exactly, both the ballad and the lyrics are divided into stanzas and have a rhythm. The last word on a line rhymes with the last word on another line. The rhymes at the end of the verse can help memorize a poem. But there are many others Tips and strategiesthat you can apply when you get one again short text or a Memorize poem.

Tips for memorizing

Paint pictures for the poem. You can come up with a picture for each stanza that you paint. If you then put all the pictures next to each other or hang them on the wall of your room, the pictures show you exactly which story the individual stanzas tell.

Look up all the unfamiliar words in a dictionary. Since poems are mostly older, they often contain words that you no longer use today. If you look up their meaning, it will surely be easier for you to understand the content and to memorize the lines well.

Print out the poem. It is best to be oversized so that you can hang it up in your room where it is clearly visible. The more you see and read it, the faster you will remember it.

Don't learn everything at once. As with learning vocabulary, take only one stanza a day and repeat it the next day along with the new stanza. If you take on too much, the chances that you will give up are much higher. However, if you learn step by step, your chances of success are higher.

Read the poem out loud over and over again. The more you hear the poem and yourself, the faster you will see results!

Become a team with the poem. That sounds strange at first, but mostly poems are about a character who experiences something or processes something. Try to empathize with the situation and imagine how the person is doing. Then memorizing is much faster. Just try it!

Don't let the length of a poem put you off. Set realistic goals for how many stanzas you want to learn a day and you will be able to conquer even the longest poem and recite it flawlessly at the end.

Tips for lecturing

If you have memorized the poem, you will usually have to recite it out loud in front of your classmates. Here, too, there are a few tips on how you can best achieve this:

  • A Recite poem is something very personal. Be brave and try to incorporate your own interpretation of the poem into the presentation. You have to keep reminding yourself that this is a challenge for most people. Everyone does it differently and you don't have to be afraid at all!

  • Read the poem out loud several times, paying attention to the rhythm, sound, and rhyme.

  • Read the poem in front of the mirror or your friends. You can practice using facial expressions and gestures, i.e. with your facial expression and your hands, to clarify something.

  • Have someone film you in advance as you recite the poem. So you can then see how your presentation is working and what you could still improve.

  • If you get stuck while saying it, then that doesn't matter! Take a deep breath, concentrate, and then pick up where you left off. No master has fallen from the sky yet!

Feel free to try out all of these strategies and combine them with one another. Then you can quickly see what works best for you and which strategies are the fastest to learn.