Question about the Journey Method
I'd like to ask you a question on Journey method memorization technique. How long a journey can we make to memorize huge computer books like Microsoft Office 2003? Can you suggest me an example of a long journey?
My second question is that can we use a movie to contruct our new journey. We can see the movie over and over again to memorize the locations and then use these locations as mental pegs. Can you suggest me any movie like this.
My third question: Is there any book on physical journey to the world which shows step by step different places to construct our new journey pegs.
I will sincerely appreciate your kind help in providing me answers to above mentioned questions.
Doug's Reply: You don't need a dictionary or software. All you need is a little creativity.
Remember - it's the *sound* of the word that's important, not the meaning.
Also, the picture does not need to match the sound of the word exactly. Just get close, and your brain will make the connection.
The more you practice the technique, the faster you will get at thinking up the pictures. I can think of a picture for any word in just a few seconds (because I have practiced).
1) Let's take the word "analysis" for example.
Break it down into syllables.
an - aly - sis
To me, that sounds like: An Alley Sis
1. An "alley" is a narrow street between two buildings.
2. A "sis" is a short-hand name for sister.
So, my word picture for "analysis" would be my sister in an alley. To make it memorable, I would imagine her doing something unusual, maybe digging through trash cans or something.
The fact that I do not have a sister in real life doesn't matter. I can just imagine a stereotypical "sister" or maybe imagine a girl with my face.
see - cure or sea - cure or see - cuer or sea - cooler etc.
For this one I might use sea-cuer. To me, "sea" is the ocean. And "cuer" might be someone lining up the cue ball for a game of billiards ("cuer" = a person who cues).
wreck - a - mend or wreck - amen etc.
Here I would probably use wreck-amen. A wreck would be like a car crash. Amen would be what you might say during prayers.
reef - her or re - fern or reed - fern etc.
sub(marine) - stand - he - ate or sup(per) - stain - she - hate etc.
steaks or stake - huts or even snakes
under - stand (stand, like a table, or stand like standing up) or wonder - stain etc
I think you see how this works.
It doesn't matter if the original word is abstract. What you need to do is convert the sound of the abstract word into non-abstract (concrete) image-words.
And always remember it doesn't have to be an exact match. If I walked up to you and said "wreck-amen", your brain would pretty quickly translate that to "recommend" - especially if recommend was a word you had been studying.
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