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Anxious to expand your vocabulary but frustrated that you’re not able to memorise words? Mnemonics could be the answer to your problem.
A mnemonic, in brief, is something that helps recall information accurately. It could be a rhyme, sentence, abbreviation, or mental image that helps us remember something, especially information which is complicated.
Here are some ways in which mnemonics can help you with spelling.
1. Not sure whether it’s an ‘a’ or ‘e’ that appears in the middle of the word separate?
Here’s a trick to remember the spelling: There’s a rat in the word separate.
2. Confused whether the correct spelling of the fuel similar to petrol is deisel or diesel?
Remember this fact: When organisms died millions of years ago and decomposed, it led to the formation of fossil fuels such as diesel.
3. Don’t know how to spell the word that means a beauty contest for young women?
Here’s an easy way to remember it: page + ant = pageant
Mnemonics can also help to jog your memory when you are trying to recollect a difficult word that you don’t often use. After all, English is a language that is still evolving, so newer words are getting added all the time.
With well over a hundred thousand words already, remembering vocabulary can be a right struggle for learners.
Here is an example of how mnemonics can come to your rescue in such a situation.
The word melange, which comes from French, is used to describe a mixture of different things. As you can see, it may not be easy to quickly summon up such a word if it isn’t something you use regularly.
Here’s an easy way to remember it: Think of two specific fruit – melon + orange = melange
Remember, the only thing that limits the use of mnemonics is your ability to create pictures in your mind, so let your imagination run wild!