How To Remember

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How did you try to remember names of rainbow?

Thinking back, we’ve learnt so much in span of our lifetime. For me, it’s been twenty-two years. I learnt a lot. I’ve grown so much.

This post is going to use a lot of Bahasa Indonesia. Hehe. Come try to learn too.

Seeing this word on my dashboard, my mind went back to my pre-school days, or elementary days, I’m not so sure. There were so many exciting things to learn, to memorize. Now, these are some mnemonic I learned that still echoing in my mind whenever the subject comes near.

Colors of Rainbow
Possibly the first and the basic mnemonic for most elementary students in Indonesia, particularly, is how they memorize colors of rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Purple. In Bahasa Indonesia, they are Merah, Jingga, Kuning, Hijau, Biru, Nila, and Ungu. We use the first syllable of each word to arrange a new word, basically. It’s ME-JI-KU-HI-BI-NI-U. Tada!

Days in A Month
When we were kids, remembering which month had how many days was such a bump. Which month has thirty one days, which one thirty? Like, there were twelve months and our fingers are only ten! I could hear myself whining that. So, to make it easy to remember, the grown ups taught us to use our knuckles to count. First, we have to make a fist! Then, we count from the very first knuckle, which is the knuckle of our pointed finger, as Januari, the first month. Then for Februari, it’s the slope between two knuckles, pointed and middle fingers. It goes on and on. When we reach the last knuckle, which is the pinky one, it means we already count to July, the seventh month. We have to come back to the first knuckle for August and it continues until December comes at the ring finger’s knuckle.

The months on the knuckles have 31 days and the others have 30, except for February, it can come as 29 or 28.

Names of Planets
This is kinda the up-level for my childhood. Everyone back then felt so cool when they could memorize all the nine planets (pluto was counted back then). So, it goes on like ‘Mer-Ve-Bu-Mar-Ju-Sat-U-Nep-Plu’.

Mervebu, Marjusat, Uneplu.

Here, ‘Bu’ is Bumi. It’s the Earth in Bahasa Indonesia. Like the name Bumi the Earth Bender in the Avatar: The Last Airbender series. You all know him, right?

via Daily Prompt: Mnemonic


From Planet Earth, Jakarta. It’s minutes past midnight. I drank too much coffee and had too many sugar. I’ve got work at 8 am. Send me supports.

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