Episodic, biographical, and spatial memory are apparently humans’ strongest memories. In my case however, episodic and biographical memory are … problematic. I seem to have compensated by resorting to vocal memories, memories of words.
Episodic memory is the memory of a particular event in one’s own life. Spatial memory is memory of particular places and paths, also from one’s own actual experiences. Part of biographical memory is face recognition, where I am particularly bad.
I remember new words by relating them to known words. Most frequently I will use cognates, synonyms and alliteration. Infrequently, excepting in Chinese, I will use mnemonics. I take the pinyin of a Chinese word and turn it into a mnemonic as a memory key of the word.
For example the word suo: 所. Suo is the image of the name plate over a door 户 beside a workman’s digging tool (jin 斤). Suo means PLACE specifically a DWELLING PLACE. Home is the place you put your tools outside the door.
This word is an associative idea (hui yi zi). It does not have a sonic clue. zhu is the dot on top, the name plate. Shi is the body/corpse character and at least gives a hint that this word starts with S. Jin on the right provides no sound clue. But zhu+shi=hU. So we now have a U. I would like to solve the puzzle!
set up one’s PLACE
Image: one work tool beside one house door with the owner’s name plate on that door.
While this does use “props”, the actual material objects (a residential door with a registry name plate on it and a digging tool) There’s no action or biographical hooks here. There is however a mnemonic: set up one’s PLACE
More free samples:
BTW, 所有的人 = anyone, everyman, everyone, is a frequent phrase which uses 所 suoyouderen
set up one’s PLACE you own uh HAVE dear each OF really each new PERSON
I do not use transpositions to generate mnemonics. SUO can be transposed into
But I think trying to construct mnemonics from any of that would only lead to confusion.