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A 1000 System

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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.

I am now keen on using a system I developed of 1000 cartoon woman images and a system I developed of 1000 cartoon man images

I did have a plan to use the 100 shop themes (from earlier in the course) as a way to organise images of vocabulary.


A 1000 system idea was to imagine cartoon people. Each person would represent a word for foreign language vocabulary learning, etc..

Additionally, 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 - not being sure if that was Lorayne's approach; but thinking that it would be a good approach.

The approach is to look at the shorthand system article and to pick out 1000 shorthand words which I could imagine as an action. I wanted the action to visually involve the vocabulary word but sometimes I just put in an action that is quite visual regardless of whether it relates to the vocabulary word.

Each of those 1000 shorthand words would itself be visualised as a person; where, for instance, the shorthand code ('B5' = Bad) would have one and only one person image. To some extent, the clothing and colour of the person's clothing would indicate the ordinal position of the person in the 1000 list.

The Male 1000 and Woman 1000 systems cover a lot of vocabulary. Visualising one of those people saying the foreign language word might be a great memory cue; or memorising the person in a story involving an image that spells the first few letters of the foreign language vocabulary - that could be very handy. The aim would be to, very soon, not need that visual story to be able to recall the foreign word: the visual story is just a 'stepping stone'; and you'd feel good that you are acquiring vocabulary without a lot of stress.

The 1000 Women System article.

The 1000 Men System article.