You are having a language assessment and the tutor asks you what your name is in your new language and you can’t answer – you have no idea where the information is…..even though you have said it EVERY tutorial since you started.
The following is not scientific – it is my subjective experience, but it may resonate with you.
I imagine my mind like a filing cabinet. Everything I have seen, heard and learned has been filed in the correct drawer, but when I am stressed or putting pressure on myself – T-H-E—D-R-A-W-E-R-S—S-T-I-C-K…….when I am relaxed the drawers open easily and smoothly.
Don’t put more pressure on your brain to remember – trust that the information is there and that you are able to recall it.
Another strategy I use is to ask myself a specific question: What is the Italian word for xxx? What is that person’s name? Then relax…..It will pop into your mind a few moments later. IF you want quicker recall, you need to learn to put your body and mind into a state of relaxation quicker. (This is the subject for another blog).
Try these tips for words you forget in your new language and let me know your experience.