In Iran someone named "Mr Taraghghi" has imported a method for learning English vocabulary called "Vocabulary Coding" for Persian native speakers that works like this example:

Consider the word "deliberate". In Persian, "deli" means something depends on the heart and the human's will, and "berate" means "for you". With both parts combined, "deliberate" is like saying: "I have done this work for you with my heart (not casual)", which is similar to the concept of the word "deliberate".

Does anyone have any idea about this method? Any help would be appreciated.


I think this method is better known as the "keyword method" or the "keyword mnemonic". The technique was introduced by Richard C. Atkinson's 1975 article Mnemotechnics in Second Language Learning. There has been research on this method and it appears to be quite effective.

According to Fiona McPherson it works best when:

For research, see for example:

Based on this keyword mnemonic, Mohsen Taraghi Gashti came up with his T-coding system, which he claims is much better than the original keyword technique (see the article in the Iran Daily and the abstract from the Jil Jadid conference). He has presented his method at a few conferences, but I have not been able to find any full papers by him. One cannot judge a method's effectiveness based on a single newspaper article and an abstract.

  • Apparently, however, here you don't 'come up with your own connections to the keyword'. Rather, you buy a book which claims to have the 'best' connections, handpicked once for all. Of which he gives an example with deliberate. I think the question is asking if this is more effective than coming up with your own. – Francesco Dondi Aug 16 '16 at 13:28
  • @FrancescoDondi Mohsen Taraghi Gashti has presented his T-coding system at a few conferences, but I have not been able to find any papers by him. One cannot judge the method's effective based on a single newspaper article. – Tsundoku Aug 16 '16 at 15:46
  • that's what the question is asking though. – Francesco Dondi Aug 17 '16 at 7:54
  • @FrancescoDondi That was not clear from the initial description, since it did not say "T-coding". – Tsundoku Aug 17 '16 at 9:43

My name is Mohse Taraghi Gashti (TEFL PhD Candidate at Tehran University). If there are any questions, I would be glad to answer accordingly. Here is my e-mail: m.taraghi@yahoo.com. The following is the link to my presentation at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona:https://ijas2016barcelona.sched.org/mobile/#session:192ae33ebcf46ffa84618e08fbe4b35a. The next link guides you to the conference at Texas University: http://www.jil-jadid.org/abstracts/mohsen-taraghi-gashti/ Good Luck!

  • Welcome to Language Learning! – fi12 Sep 18 '16 at 12:01
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