I frequently use the loci method (memory palace) to learn vocabulary, but I find that after 150-200 words my house is full with words/images and there is no space left. I know of people who can remember much longer lists, but I don't understand how they do this as I run out of space. Do they just use an extremely long walk? Do they use an imaginary memory palace that they can make as big as they want? I tried creating a fictional palace but it doesn't seem to have the same effect.

Googling only gives me basic examples of using short lists but I want to remember 1000-10000 words. How can I remember so many words using a memory technique?

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Apparently constructing an imaginary memory palace (instead of using a real place) is the way to go. It is only harder to setup in the beginning, but after that it should be as efficient as the loci method using a real place. I will google, and maybe I will find some tips for constructing imaginary memory palaces.

  • Just pretend you are a Saudi prince, and then you can use a real palace ;)
    – AML
    Mar 1, 2019 at 2:08

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