Memorise All Country Names and Capitals

hello friend

Lets memorize all the country and their capitals in one go.....

See how much this will boost our confidence when we will read newspaper and answer the gk question

Heres the link

geography.about.com/od/countryinformation/a/capitals.html

Hope eveyone joins it

Difficulty level: 
Easy
2 November, 2011 - 11:17
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Great idea! I've started a Wiki page for this challenge here:
http://mt.artofmemory.com/wiki/Country_Data

2 November, 2011 - 14:08
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I've always wanted to learn this. So yes, I will join, too!

6 November, 2011 - 05:11
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Ooh Yees, of course. This is the first challenge using mnemos. I'd be delighted to hear what will you be using for this? I've already learned all the countries and capitals of Europe in elementary school, so binding these to images, events or rhymes should be easy.

9 November, 2011 - 19:19
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Are people using the method of loci to keep them in order, or just an association between the words?

19 November, 2011 - 08:50
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Are you using them then?

26 April, 2012 - 02:21
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How would you associate them together? Can you give me some examples?

26 April, 2012 - 02:43
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hi deemeetar

You can try it this way

take any country and capital

Like for example

1)Grenada-st george

Picture the legend of st george and the dragon only this time he is using a grenade to slay the beast.

2) cuba-havana

Imagine a person having party at beach
With his left hand holding cuban cigars and in right hand he has havana white rum

3) dominica- roseau

Imagine dominic o brein carry a big red rose ,which is very big and heavy....and its smell is so strong that dominic is having a tough time carrying it.

4) chile-santiago

Imagine santiago (from goal movie) eating a lot of chilles ...

5)bulgaria- sofia

Imagine a bull having dinner with sofia

6) romania-bucharest

Imagine that during roman times
All the butchers were arrested

7) belgium - brussels

Imagine a GM using a pair of bells to brush his teeth (try to hear the sound which come when bells are rubbed on your teeth)

26 April, 2012 - 02:44
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hi deemeetar

You can try it this way

take any country and capital

Like for example

1)Grenada-st george

Picture the legend of st george and the dragon only this time he is using a grenade to slay the beast.

2) cuba-havana

Imagine a person having party at beach
With his left hand holding cuban cigars and in right hand he has havana white rum

3) dominica- roseau

Imagine dominic o brein carry a big red rose ,which is very big and heavy....and its smell is so strong that dominic is having a tough time carrying it.

4) chile-santiago

Imagine santiago (from goal movie) eating a lot of chilles ...

5)bulgaria- sofia

Imagine a bull having dinner with sofia

6) romania-bucharest

Imagine that during roman times
All the butchers were arrested

7) belgium - brussels

Imagine a GM using a pair of bells to brush his teeth (try to hear the sound which come when bells are rubbed on your teeth)

Like keep on imaging the country and capital

26 April, 2012 - 02:45
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hi deemeetar

You can try it this way

take any country and capital

Like for example

1)Grenada-st george

Picture the legend of st george and the dragon only this time he is using a grenade to slay the beast.

2) cuba-havana

Imagine a person having party at beach
With his left hand holding cuban cigars and in right hand he has havana white rum

3) dominica- roseau

Imagine dominic o brein carry a big red rose ,which is very big and heavy....and its smell is so strong that dominic is having a tough time carrying it.

4) chile-santiago

Imagine santiago (from goal movie) eating a lot of chilles ...

5)bulgaria- sofia

Imagine a bull having dinner with sofia

6) romania-bucharest

Imagine that during roman times
All the butchers were arrested

7) belgium - brussels

Imagine a GM using a pair of bells to brush his teeth (try to hear the sound which come when bells are rubbed on your teeth)

Like keep on imaging the country and capital

17 July, 2012 - 22:10
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Let's see if this can be achieved in a month.

25 May, 2013 - 06:10
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Hi All, It would be interesting to find out how you all got on? I realize this is a bit of an older post so fingers crossed you're still around

25 May, 2013 - 23:09
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I've just joined this group and just come across this. I am very interested to know how people are going. I have a 242 location journey and have all the countries associated, but didn't do the capitals, so I am going to start adding them now. But I don't have the countries in alphabetic order, though. I did them in population order from the wiki list of countries-by-population. I have nearly all the populations of every fifth country coded as well, so am close to being able to estimate the population of every country. Now I'll add capitals. Thanks for the list.

One thing I have found amazing since establishing this journey is my ability to retain current affairs. Any event I see on the news in foreign countries triggers the location immediately, and a lot of it sticks. It never would have been retained in the past.

31 May, 2013 - 02:40
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i will memorise it soon.

31 May, 2013 - 03:06
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I did not bother with a journey but rather linked the capital to the country. It is working quite well, but I do need to go over it again to get it into my longterm memory.

When I was watching the eurovision song contest the other week (the shame!) I was able to recall most capitals.
Also a colleague was telling me at breakfast that he was going to a wedding in sri lanka, I off handidly asked was it colombo he was attending the wedding. I think he was surprised that I knew anything at all about sri lanka considering I am in Ireland.

I have not done Africa or Oceania yet and I am a bit hazy on the americas but I am pretty confidant with europe and asia.

regards,

Sea

31 May, 2013 - 03:54
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I am also doing this. And I though I knew them well until you said Sri Lankas capital was Colombo. As it turns out Sri Lanka has kind of two capitals so I guess I have some gaps.
However, really nice and quite useful to be able to connect to countries/capitals around the world when watching international news.

31 May, 2013 - 04:06
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I knew about the other name but most people are only familiar with Colombo, the other name is also pretty long winded from what I remember.

You should check out memrise.com it has a nice way of learning the capitals,

regards,

Sea

31 May, 2013 - 04:13
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Hi,
I have created a new smartphone App called KnowtheGlobe that uses visual mnemonics to help you remember the name and location of over 210 countries on the map.

Here is a the link for it on iTunes (its 99 cent) .Here

and also on android version both paid and free lite version...here

It would be great to get some feedback.

regards
Noel O' Hara

31 May, 2013 - 04:14
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Seamagu - do you already know all the countries? I was surprised when I started this that there were so many little countries I had never heard of - especially in the Caribbean and Pacific. I need the journey to recall all the countries in the first place.

24 July, 2013 - 14:31
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How are people getting on with this?

I am interested in attempting it but after glancing at the country/capital list, i noticed some extremely obscure places that might be difficult to pronounce, let alone link!!!...

24 July, 2013 - 18:16
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If you have any particular ones you need help with let us know. I used one journey per continent starting at the top left of the continent working my way around the sea boardering countries then put a marker in for no coastlined countires and continued the process. I find this way I have an idea of where it is geographically.

25 July, 2013 - 01:14
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I'd also be interested in help with difficult ones. As mentioned above, I have done the countries in population order, although I like richomagic's method of geographical location. I now want to add in a geographical reference as well. I have all the countries in one very long journey (242 from wiki, includes protectorates). I took the capitals list from here (thank you, Josh) and have confirmed in my mind the well known ones - cities I knew but confused the countries with which they were associated. Plus I know the obvious ones.

So now I am working on the rest, and have just decided to add in the geography. I was doing that without any aid. Just continuously looking them up. Silly me.

Having a bit of a slack mnemonic time while I am over in the UK and France looking at Neolithic sites and discussing with the archaeologists about my ideas that they are mnemonic. Going really well.

So I will look out here for any that Huggy asks about or any suggestions.

Lynne

25 July, 2013 - 01:48
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Thanks guys,

As I haven't even started this yet, I want to make sure that I have the most effective method in place before I start.

Ideally, I would like to incorporate Rich's geographic idea, but fist I need to get hold of some easy to read maps of each continent, which display nothing but the countries and their border lines, i.e. no rivers, lines of Lat and Long, colours or any other data that can make it difficult to read...

I am sure to ask for some help on the more difficult ones. Will see how I go. :)

25 July, 2013 - 07:10
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I've just memorised all the capitals using Memrise, using this course: http://www.memrise.com/course/63061/capital-cities-2/

It's worked really well and it didn't take too long to learn them all, though a couple are are going to take a little longer to be fully certain I'll always get them right and spelt correctly. Certainly in multiple choice I could get them all.

I also want to learn how to pronounce them, even approximately. E.g. Slovenia's capital is Ljubljana - which isn't pronounced as spelt.

If anyone's finished memorising all the countries then another good one to try next is the Country Mapping course ( http://www.memrise.com/course/42769/country-mapping/ ) to memorise where all the countries are! I'm in the early stages of that one!

25 July, 2013 - 07:40
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Hi Steve,

Thank you.

These are fantastic and I will certainly get use from them!! It's a shame that the two aren't merged, so that you learn the location as you learn the capitals, as preferably I would want to learn it on one course.

How long did it take you to do the capitals?

25 July, 2013 - 07:47
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Hi All,
I have created a free web app that uses visual mnemonics to make it much easier to remember the location and the name of each country and I also just updated it so that you want remember the capitals as well.
Feel free to try it out ..its free. I am just updating my iOS app and android app to include the capitals.
The web version is full and completely free!

the web address is here..
Would love some feedback..
regards
Noel
creator of knowtheglobe :)

25 July, 2013 - 08:08
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Hi Noel,

I have actually purchased your app already and whilst I haven't used it in any great depth as yet, I will say at first glance, that it does appear to be very user friendly.

My first impressions for improvement would be stronger links between the countries. For example, the link between Djibouti (Boot) & Somalia (Sun) is a Boot kicking the Sun, which can quite hard to envisage, when an alternative may be that the Sun is melting a black boot or maybe the boot has steel toe caps which is reflecting the sun?

Also, the choice of when to review (maybe10-15 countries) as opposed to 5 and the addition (if possible) of all the capital cities would be helpful.

Congratulations on your app dude. :)

25 July, 2013 - 08:20
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Hi Huggy,

The country mapping course does also tell you the capital as you go through them, so you could just do that. Though by splitting them it does mean there's less to learn at once. Also, the country mapping course on Memrise includes far more than just the basic near 200 countries - I'm not planning on doing all the levels on the course as I don't think I need to memorise all the obsurce, tiny islands or other things.

As for how long it took to learn the capitals - that's not easy as I did it in bits here and there, often on my phone with their app when I had a few spare minutes. I also did it slower than I could've if I just decided to plough through it all as fast as possible.

I suppose I learnt them all within a week, though spending a bit of time here and a bit there. In elapsed time it will have been a good few hours - maybe 7-8 hours. Though like I said, I'm sure it could've been done quicker but it was the first Memrise course I tried.

Also - I've not 'finished' as Memrise gets you to 'water' your planted seeds (the analogy they use) over weeks and months to ensure the memories become long term memories - so I still get alerts to get tested by it. Though that doesn't happen too frequently now and is quick to complete, and does help when you find that once or two haven't stuck properly in your long term memory.

Now I'm usually just getting the odd spelling a letter out or something on a few tricky ones, and only very occasionally I'll get one incorrect. But I'm pretty much there now and have moved on, other than Memrise occasionally retesting me on them to see if I can still recall them.

Noel - that looks a great app! I've only done the first bit of it so far but can see that being as good or better for learning the countries than the Memrise site. I'll certainly be trying it out fully as while I pretty much know the capitals now I'm still trying to memorise their locations and this could be good.

It's quicker than the Memrise courses, as they teach you a few countries, then test you, then teach you more, then test you, etc. So you could probably learn them faster with your app, which is always good!

One area where Memrise does do well, though, is that if doesn't just teach you the information, but it also reinforces it with the regular tests I mentioned. But if you just ensure that you don't use your app the once, but redo it a week later and then a few more weeks later then that should help fix it into longer term memory.

25 July, 2013 - 08:35
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Hi Steve,

Thanks for the feed back.

I did figure that it would be around the 4-8 hour mark, as the periodic table in order with their relative symbols (226 - 113 elements & 113 symbols) took me roughly the same amount of time.

Also, I totally agree. I don't think that I will bother with the tiny islands either. My main port of concern is the countries and their capitals.

2 November, 2015 - 04:28
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Does anyone have any links to some good printable world maps? Or even good, black and white, printable maps of different regions?

I think I favour this method of diving up the countries: http://geography.about.com/od/lists/a/officiallist.htm

I debated using the UN listing but I concluded there are too many divisions. Continents are another option.

What do you advise? What's a good way to mentally divide up the world's countries?

-T...

4 November, 2015 - 12:52
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This is good but what if you want to learn the countries by continent instead of alphabetical order. Do you have another list like that?

4 November, 2015 - 14:13
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Try this:

http://memorize.com/capitals-by-continent

It also has a little flash card test.

5 November, 2015 - 04:57
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So far i've found these website for making custom maps that you can colour. I believe that colors will reinforce the mental images when we study; the second link in particular seems to be excellent:

http://edit.freemap.jp/en/trial_version/edit/world
http://mapchart.net/
http://www.webappers.com/2007/10/11/create-your-own-printable-colored-wo...
https://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/ (submitted by Lynne Kelly)

If anyone else finds any other good links, message me, so I can add them to this list (instead of creating an even longer thread for people to search through).

5 November, 2015 - 04:51
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I find this site really good for maps and information:
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/continents.htm

But not for blank maps, I'll message that one: https://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/

Since writing the earlier posts, I have all the countries in memory in population order and most of the capitals in, plus lots of other stuff. I then had difficulty with the geography, so as is my usual way, I looked to the memory methods used by non-literate cultures - my area of academic research. I use the Method of Loci for the countries and all associated information such as capitals, politics and so on. But location I wanted to do by continent.

I now sing the continents! I took each continent or group of countries (e.g. Caribbean) and created a song to a well known tune for the countries in order. For Africa, I do them in approximately anti-clockwise order with a few jiggles to get the inland ones. I then sing the islands back to the start, clockwise around the nation. I can see the map in my mind which acts as a memory aid - the song to the map, the map to the song. I am not sure which is dominating - they feed each other.

I am mixing up three mnemonic technologies - method of loci for the countries, the maps become what I call miniature memory spaces (like the African lukasa, Australian tjuringa or Native American songboards,winter scrolls, birchbark scrolls ...) and songs - which all indigenous cultures use to store information. I do add the odd bit of dance as well.

I sing my continents loud and clear in the shower. It would be painful for anyone who had to listen!

14 January, 2016 - 03:52
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It's fascinating to note the "issues" that come up when trying to figure out logical groupings for countries. In particular, what is considered part of Asia? Asia has set me back months, since I don't have too much time to spend examining the various groupings.

As I continue to consider this matter, the United Nations Regional Groups is starting to become appealing, although so is the wikipedia grouping--it's just a pity that there aren't excellent maps (that I've found) of these divisions.

-T...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Regional_Groups

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