When you learn a language, do you do it sitting down quietly? A study by the Max Planck institute in Germany says that you’ll probably learn better if you add in some full-body gestures to your study practices. Participants in the study were “taught” a made-up language, with one group only reading and listening, another group watching videos that paired words and gestures, and a final group gesturing themselves. Those who saw or performed gestures themselves were better at recalling the language than those who didn’t.
That means that when you learn a new word in a language, it’ll help to think of a motion to go with it. Not only will you remember your vocabulary better, but you’ll also be fun to talk to!
(image from Max Planck video)