The Link Word method (e.g., Atkinson & Raugh, 1975) is a way of associating or linking two words together. It is a mnemonic system promoted by Michael Gruneberg based on the finding that when people form an interactive image between two concepts, the one item becomes an excellent cue for retrieving the second item, e.g. for learning languages based on the similarity of the sounds of words.
As applied to foreign vocabulary learning, the purpose of the Link Word method is to learn a working vocabulary and basic grammar of a foreign language as quickly as possible. The process involves creating an easily visualized scene that will link the words together. One example is the Russian word for cow (корова, pronounced roughly karova): think and visualize "I ran my car over a cow."
Below is a demonstration of the Link Word experiment created by Cognilab. This demo illustrates the use of the Link Word technique to learn words. (It won't cover grammar, etc.) The words and descriptions come from Gruneberg (1994).
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