Hello everyone. Long time no see.
It’s been a long time since a blog was written here at eigo2020.jp, but we have not forgotten about Japan.
In my line of work (teaching) we have to constantly present new information in engaging ways every time. Speaking about something I know well is quite easy for me, due to my acting background. Having to constantly present new things with accuracy and confidence can be quite exhausting though. Because of the ever changing trends on social media, keeping up was becoming discouraging.
So I did what any other reasonable person does when they need a break…
I went to Okinawa.
Before I went I purchased this book on my Kindle wishlist ‘Unlimited Memory’, by Kevin Horsely.
This book is filled with incredible memory techniques. Correction: Lifestyles.
It’s a way of life that develops confidence back where we need it: our brains.
So before this blog gets too long I want to share one of many techniques I’ve learned that can help you right now.
The journey technique. You use a well known path to quickly remember information.
Imagine the path you take to work or school. It can be in the past or present.
Let’s use my old path in Takadanobaba. (It takes much longer to write than remember).
- Imagine running out of the door.
- You see a Tokyo cock roach and you jump 3 times toward the street.
- You want to cross Meiji Dori, but there are too many people, so you jump high over everyone.
- You land on the other side of the street and on the left side is Yoshinoya.
- The server takes the bowl, spins around and throws it.
- You take a hammer and hit the Gyudon like a baseball.
- You arrive at the station and there are many drunk students.
- You take the flag pole and you vault over them and land in JR Takadaobaba station.
- Still carrying the flagpole on the platform, you can’t enter the train, so you throw the flagpole, then get on the train.
- Music starts playing on the train and everyone stands up and starts spinning on record disks.
- You get off at Shibuya station and realize you are going to be late, but Hachiko is alive and running after you. To avoid him you jump really long to work. We are done.
You have just learned all 9 of the Olympic track and field events…basically.
- What did you do at your door? Run. (All speed related events)
- What did you do when you saw the cockroach? Jump 3 times (Triple jump)
- At the light with many people, what did you do? Jumped high (High jump)
- At the other side near Yoshinoya what did the server do? Spin and throw a gyudon bowl (Shot put)
- What did you do to the gyudon bowl? Hit it with a hammer (Hammer)
- At the station what did you do when you saw drunk students? Took a flagpole and vaulted over them (Pole vault)
- What did you do with the flagpole on on the platform? Threw it (Javelin)
- What did everyone do on the train when music started playing? Spinning on discs (Discus)
- You arrive at Shibuya station what happens? Hachiko runs at you and you long jump to work (Long jump)
I made this example in about 10 minutes, but if you review it a couple times you’ll more than likely remember it forever. Try it in your head, and it goes much faster. A place you know well works much better.
I’ll share some more of my journey and give you more tips. But for now, check out his book on Amazon if you would like to increase your memory power. (Not yet available in Japanese, sorry)
If you are interested, pick up ‘Unlimited Memory’ by Kevin Horsely. The link is below
See you soon![日本語訳へ]