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A 1000 System


When people develop memory systems, they try to have images to express digits 0 to 9, numbers 00 to 99, and numbers 000 to 999.

It is a lot of work to learn a 000 to 999 system of images.

One approach would be to combine:

500 of the animal images from the Shorthand Images articles; and

500 images from the AA to ZZ system - and to work out a way in which they serve their original purpose but also represent digits from 000 to 999.

I am working on a second list of 1000 items where each item's image means a common word in languages. The idea is that, if I want to memorise that meaning in a language like French or German, I can imagine the first letter(s) of the foreign language word in a story involving the image for the meaning.

The GA image from the AA-ZZ system described earlier could be the prompt for 'garçon' because of the 'GA...' spelling. Whatever that image is, if I imagine it in a story where there is also the image which means 'boy' then I am essentially prompting myself that the French word for 'boy' begins with 'GA'.

I want the new 1000 system to involve people or characters. People or cartoon-like characters work well when stories get imagined.

I wanted there to be a spelling for each of the 1000 vocabulary images but I am not sure now if that is necessary - since a three digit number identifies each image. I do want to use 100 categories (the shop themes from earlier in the course) to list 10 vocabulary words each. That 100 x 10 words will make the 1000 meanings list.

So the Bank category would hold 10 vocabulary words relating to money or banking, for instance.

If I can not think of 10 words using the same topic then I can just insert frequently used or culturally relevant words.

Here is the system so far (as a pdf file).

Another 1000 system idea I have can involve people or regular objects. The aim is to represent actions. Each person would have one and only one action. Giving an image one and only one action is an idea I had after reading a memory book by Harry Lorayne many years ago; and this has a little similarity to an approach made famous by Dominic O'Brien.

It opens up possibilities for imagining more complicated stories where an action takes place but that action represents data.