This blog is just to organise my thoughts on the why and how of a new potential project – memorising the Macquarie Dictionary
I’ve been considering for a while memorising a dictionary. One problem when you know techniques that help memorise anything quickly is choosing what memorising project to focus on.
Learning the contents of an entire dictionary is one idea I have picked up and put back down a few times (a bit like a long and wordy book : )
And now I feel it’s a good side goal for 2023.
There are a few reasons why a dictionary.
- I’m getting older- Im 45 and getting closer to 50 with every day. I want to remain sharp. And I want to be able to pick the right word that expresses what I am thinking.
- Im dyslexic and have not always had the confidence needed to voice my thoughts (my story is shared in my TedX if you are curious). So there is a lot of confidence to gain knowing I can properly use and spell all the words I know.
- And I love to learn, so upsizing my vocabulary is enticing. I feel the more words I have at my disposal the more likely it is I’ll be able to comprehend new information from others and describe, clarify and communicate my own thinking.
How will I do it?
I think I’ll use the Macquarie Compact Dictionary my husband bought me a few years back. After all it says “To Anastasia, A little thing to remember me by.” Cute. And he is a bit of a walking dictionary so it suits.
I will put the words in memory palaces. You can read more about memory palaces in this blog. Yes, there will be a lot of them. It’s likely I will try to choose palaces based on logic for ease of recall. For example, all the A words will be in Adelaide – I was born there so places I know there seem like an obvious choice. I also want to know the page number each word is on – because if I’m already learning it then why not. With a small tweak to the palace this should not be too hard. I’ll describe this in later blogs.
The rest of the how? I’ll work it out as I go and keep you posted!.