If you’d like to know how to easily memorize the spelling of words, there’s a particular memorization strategy you can quickly learn.
Using it, you will associate letters with objects.
But first, let’s look at a related technique that is useful to know.
I’ll give you an example of how knowing how to memorize numbers using letters leads you to being able to memorize spellings.
One of the easiest number memorization tools is often called the Number Image Technique or Number Shape System.
When learning how to remember numbers with pictures, they say that cute animals or objects work the best.
To give you a few examples, in order to memorize numbers (I’m getting to memorizing spellings in a moment) you would visually link:
* 1 with a candle
* 2 with a swan
* 3 with the M from McDonald’s
* 4 with a sailboat …
…and so on.
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If you wanted to remember the number 42, you would then see something zany like a sailboat chasing a swan.
Example Of Using The Alphabet To Memorize Numbers
I use this system a fair amount. It is basically what you can also call a pegword method. It works well in combination with the Major Method.
And I was thinking about it yesterday while working on a new concept that I think is going to really rock your swan-chasing sailboat.
This is because my friend Nick and I parked in a spot labelled B4.
To memorize it, I saw a bee attacking a sailboat.
And now we can enter in the memorization of spelling in any language. It’s useful for foreign language words or complicated terminology in your mother tongue.
And if you can imagine associating a 4 with a sailboat and then lining that mental image up with another image to memorize a letter, then you definitely associate letters with images in order to remember the order in which they should fall in order to correctly produce words.
Your First Step To Memorizing Spellings
First, you want to develop an Alphabet List.
All this means is that you assign objects to each letter of the alphabet. Your list could be as simple as:
- A = apple
- B = boat
- C = cat
- D= dog
- E = elephant
- … and so on.
Or you can be more specific and use people, like celebrities.
In this case, your list might contain:
- A = Al Pacino
- B = Bob Newhart
- C = Cory Hart
- D = Dame Edna
- … etc.
In case you’re wondering, using the alphabet like this is how people use use memory techniques have operated for thousands of years.
Now, assuming you have at list one entire list from A-Z, here’s what to do next:
Use images based on your alphabet. Add actions to help you remember the order of the letters in a word. That way, you will stop making spelling mistakes.
Example Of Memorizing Spelling
Let’s say you need help memorizing the spelling of “toxic.”
If you have Tony Robins sending an owl to someone named Xavier who throws an iguana at a cat, it’s suddenly easier to memorize the spelling.
Throw this sequence of mnemonic imagery into a Memory Palace, and everything will happen for you even faster.
Setting up your alphabet-image system might seem like a lot of work, but…
… when you compare the relatively short bit of time it takes to fashion a system like this with the mounds of time lost over trying to remember the spelling of words and correcting writing, you will save a lot of seconds over the long haul.
And you can always use The Freedom Journal to help you rapidly accomplish the goal.
If you want an additional exercise, check out how to memorize the books of the Bible for a hands-on assignment that involves lots of intricate spellings.
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Hi, I’m trying out for my English UIL spelling team and was hoping that you’d have some advice on how to memorize the words because there are over a thousand and they’re not easy words. Plus I have to know when a certain word is capitalized or not.
The language is my native one but the spelling is killer. Please help of you can.
Thanks for this, Courtney.
The Magnetic Memory Method does describe exactly how to memorize this amount of words. In fact, Eldom Clem used it last year to cover 1000 words of Ancient Ethiopic in 6 weeks.
Have you taken the free video course offered on this site or read How to Learn and Memorize English Vocabulary? Those resources will help and contain all my best advice. All you need to do is follow the steps and you can repeat Eldon’s results and perhaps even with greater speed! 🙂