How many parts of a word do I need to encode?

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#1 20 March, 2017 - 19:55
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How many parts of a word do I need to encode?


How are the experts memorizing a long list of words?

20 March, 2017 - 21:47
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I think most of the top mental athletes are coming up with an image to represent the word, then putting that image on a locus in a memory palace, then going to the next locus and putting an image there representing the second word, etc. Many are putting two words (and therefore images) on each locus. This allows you to make the two images interact, which usually makes them easier to recall.

21 March, 2017 - 05:47
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As tracy said indeed.

Sometimes there also come words that are too similar for all but a prefix or suffix, like architect, architects and architecture. all similar words. Some make all three of those different images, others add markers that show it is plural, or another prefix/suffix.

occasionally you get a word you don't have an image for. Some can be turned into an image simply, others like 'winklepickers', to me that could be someone who pokes people's eyes if they wink ('winkpokers') if I saw the word. Some words you have to cut into pieces, like 'Lamprophony' to name a nice one. To me that is a lamp, a movie prop (or maybe a ball of paper, which is 'prop' in Dutch) and a Phone.

21 March, 2017 - 09:45
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I am often worried that I am not good enough to do the substitute word method. Sometimes I spend a lot of effort trying to perform it correctly. However, the two examples you listed were easy for me.

'winklepickers': Someone winking and picking their nose.
'Lamprophony': A trophy with a lampshade.

Am I doing this correctly? Also, sometimes I worry about the inconsistency of the order of my connected images. It is often easier to associate two images together in a different order if they logically fit together. Thanks for your help.

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