Ask yourself these questions when writing sentences for your flashcards:
When’s the last time I saw a gato? “The last time I saw my abuela (grandmother) was last weekend.”
Personal Connection—the Memory Game: What’s this word mean to me? When’s the last time I encountered this thing/action/adjective?
What’s your abuela’s (grandmother’s) name? Which gato (cat) comes to your mind first?
You’re looking for any memory that you can connect with your new word.
To play the Memory game, you’ll spend a few seconds looking for any memory about your word that comes to mind. It could be your childhood cat or your friend’s T-shirt. Try to keep the new word in mind rather than the translation.
-Revised quote from Gabriel Wyner’s Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It.