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Free Character Example from Pictogram Palace: 所

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!

SUO1
=
yi+Shi=hU
+
jin1
=
PLACE

Mnemonic:
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:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PG5G8DN/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i21

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1090129823/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i47

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

suoyouderen
so
you,
only
you?
or
ur
dear.
each?
really.
everyone!
n.e.1.?
ANYONE

I do not use transpositions to generate mnemonics. SUO can be transposed into

suo
sou
uos
uso
ous
osu

But I think trying to construct mnemonics from any of that would only lead to confusion.

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