Memory systems and language learning
I teach and learn languages. I have read countless books on language learning, but more important I have had years of first hand experience with language learning. There are scores of language learning products on the market from books to software to memory masters. What do I think is the best way to learn a language? Music and perhaps mnemonics. Why? Because a language is largely connected with rhythm and sound. Memory systems that are based on numbers or visualization without sound may work for other things, but are less effective for languages. Music is the universal language that acts as a memory tool, it is a natural memory system. Mnemonics is similarly effective because it connects the acoustics or sound of the word to your target language. So the best memory systems for language learning are rhythmical and acoustic, as this is the nature of language.