How to learn Chinese polite phrases fast using a memory palace

Last week’s Chinese numbers memory palace relied on a time-tested method for arranging loci numerically in the corners and surfaces of a room. It’s a great system that comes in very handy for organizing sets of information numerically in a memory palace. Read last week’s blog post and watch the YouTube video if you want to learn more.

This week’s memory palace focuses on politeness. It relies on a more narrative and symmetrical approach to organize polite phrases in Chinese. It tells a story of entering a temple — call it the Temple of Good Manners — and uses the temple’s multi-leveled architecture and symmetry to organize the vocabulary. This works because politeness also has a somewhat multi-tiered and symmetrical/call and response structure. The following YouTube video guides you through it:

Here’s a link to the palace in the video so that you can use it for yourself. It’s free to use and everything inside it is editable so feel free to customize it to your heart’s content. Let me know if you have any questions or comments in the comments section of the YouTube video.

What set of vocabulary should we tackle next?

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