The big mnemonics thread
I've had a lot of mnemonics to help me memorize the verbs in this lesson and I thought they could also help others. Maybe you can help me find mnemonics for the verbs I lack mnemonics for.
I will list the verbs in the (he,she,it) from in the order they appear in the vocabulary without the obvious ones.
Dice - sounds like disclose or discuss.
Llega - The person arrives using his legs.
Importa - like important.
Entra - like enter.
Abre - ?
Comienza and Empieza - We've learnt those two verbs so they have the same meaning. Comienza sounds like commence so both verbs mean to begin.
Siente - like sentiment, feel
Incluye - like includes.
Entrega - like intrigue, as in it is intriguing what's in the box that he delivers.
Firma - the firm (business) has a sign (logo).
Culpa - like culprit.
Sirve - like serve, as in the serving waiter is hard at work.
Conoce - sounds kinda like knows if you pronounce the silent k in the beginning (as in kc- nowse).
Parece - like appear, as in it appears to be like something.
Cabe - please turn off (cabe) the lights, you're the nearest to the switch.
Acaba - we finish our journey in Acaba.
Ayuda - like aid.
Sigue - like sign, as in he follows the signs.
Encuentra - like encounter.
Lleva - I'll have those and take / carry them.
Mira - like mirror, as in he looks at the mirror.
Juega - There is a flash game site called minijuegos. so juegos are games and juega is to play.
Queda - after aquedat izhak, izhak remained alive.
Sabe - like savvy.
Vuelve - like revolve.
Piensa - like pensive.
Busca - like busker, as in the busker looks for customers.
Cierra - ?
Da - da, of course I want you to give me this.
Toma - ?
Recuerda - like recall.
Suena - my mind visualizes sonar waves when I dream.
Viene - like venue, as in I arrive at the venue.
Muestra - like maestro, as in the maestro is putting on one hell of a show.
Pesa - I weigh pesos to know how much to pay.
Prueba - like probe, as in probing food with my tongue to taste them.
Baja - like bajo which is under.
Let me know if this was useful!
I think it's a good idea (in general) to make mental associations or mnemonics to help remember vocabulary.
'pensa' - I think you meant 'piensa'. Similar to the English word 'pensive' -thoughtful.
Hmm, 'culpar' - think of your "Cool Pa"(he's wearing sunglasses) carrying a slingshot, next to a broken window - yep, he's the one who broke it, he's to blame.
'tomar' - to take. Think of Tom cruise having a coffee. (Tom toma un café)
I also find it easier to learn words in memorable phrases. For example, if I want to learn something like "llegar", I put it in a phrase like "La yegua llega, llena de agua" (the mare arrives, full of water) - the weird image puts it in my head, and the similar sounds of the words help me remember them together.
Using the infinitive as the base helps me to remember verbs more easily. So llegar = to arrive. llega, 'leg' I arrive by walking. Culpar, culpa = culpable [blame]. Dar = to give, da = give da [the] book to dad. llevar = to take, lleva, 'Eva took my coffee.' and so on...Check out 'Memrise'. You will gain lots of memonics that include a visual cue and some very clever text using word play.
I think it would be more helpful if you used the infinitive (decir, llegar, importar, entrar).
You never learn this form in the lessons? Not true. The infinitive is what all the conjugations are based on. Otherwise how do you remember that "escribe" becomes "escribir" instead of "escriber"?
I don't. It never shows up throughout the lesson. Perhaps you've learnt that by other means.
@Samsta, idanruf1 has yet to do the infinitives lesson.
So, for idanruf1, a quick practical tip, when looking verbs up in a Spanish dictionary, converting them to their infinitive form makes it a whole lot easier. Usually, that means adding "ar", "er" or "ir" onto the verb stem.
you will have lessons (tree) for infinitive forms, if you havent already.