Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Do you have a good memory?

Do you wish you had the secret to improving your memory?

When it comes to memory, have you ever thought about how it may help you with trying to learn English?

We’re going to look at various ways to memorize things, and how this can help you with improving your ability to learn English.

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Devices and Tactics Can Help With Memory

We recently did an episode on a mnemonic device about daylight savings time–spring forward, fall back- link to episode.

Today, we are doing a followup episode on mnemonic devices and an interesting article on memory.

Do you have any tricks for remembering things?

So let’s recap a bit because these things may help with learning a new language.

What is a mnemonic device?

A way to remember something, and this may be able to help you with language!

We did an episode which discussed mnemonic devices : Train Your Brain for English Language Learning”.

We have also done episodes on remembering things like names: 3 Strategies to Remember Someone’s Name in English with Alan Headbloom

We all have different ways of remembering things, and you want to figure out what your best tactic is.

If it’s a device or just a specific tactic, memorizing things can be quite helpful.

Understanding Some Workable Examples

It may seem hard to understand why memorization is so important.

Can this really be the key to mastering a language?

Take just a few examples that are used within English that center on memorization.

These can show you that having a simple but effective way to memorize things can ensure that you get to where you want to be.

Let’s look at a few example of memorization at work for you.

  • 30 days hath September, April, June, and November: If you’re struggling to remember how many days are in a month, this can help tremendously. This easily gives you a way to memorize the days that have 30 days in them.
  • Every good boy does fine, FACE (music): It’s a great way to memorize keys and notes. If you are new to music or trying to improve how you read it, then this is a great way to memorize things.
  • My very educated mother just served us nine pickles (Pluto!): This is a great way to memorize the first letter of the names of each planet. This can be a tricky thing to remember so a tactic like this works great!

There are many others, but these examples show you how memorization can really work for you.

Figuring Out What Helps With Your Memory

When we look at mnemonic devices, they are great ways to remember things.

You may not use them in conversation often–it’s more something you think to yourself that may come up with others from time to time.

An English one that doesn’t always work- “I before e except after c”.

This can be helpful but also confusing sometimes.

You may want to use mnemonic devices to practice English, and it may help you!

There are plenty of devices or tactics that may help you in your quest to learn English or work at improving your memory in general.

New Ways To Help Are Worth Considering

Interestingly enough, I read an article about how drawing a picture will help you remember something best! The article is by Brittany Wong written on Jan. 9 2019

The article talks about a study that shows that drawing a picture is the best way to remember something new.  

Doctoral candidate Melissa Meade, gave the example of drawing pictures to remember groceries you need to buy.

Most of us might not think of drawing a picture as a way of remembering things.

Does this sound like a good idea?

How could this help with English learning?

You might try this by drawing a picture of items next to a list of vocabulary words.

Then you have a visual image sitting right next to what you are trying to talk about.

It’s always worth trying new methods if they will help you to improve your memory or get better in a certain area such as mastering a new language.


Memory is very important when learning a language.

We talk about learning things in chunks, memorizing grammar, repetition, and all of these things are helpful.

Today however we gave you two new devices on how you can remember things.

Mnemonic devices and pictures–I wonder if these are as good for language as they are for other things you need to remember because

Language is so much about use, but try out these devices or other various methods to see what works best for you.

The more you practice, the better you get–and this is how you improve your conversation skills and make important connections!

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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