Li Yanzhi - Memorizing a 220,000-word English-Chinese Dictionary

In an incredible feat of memory, college lecturer Li Yanzhi, 51, recited every word of an English-Chinese dictionary, a total of 220,000 words.

The 51-year-old business English lecturer in the School of Finance and Economics at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, started to recite the entire content of an English-Chinese dictionary on August 6, 2013, and completed the task 19 days later.

Since that first recitation, she has performed the task 28 times.

How long does it take?

For the past two years, Li has risen from her bed at 3 am to spend six hours memorizing the words in the dictionary to refresh her memory. She also read 465 English language magazines that she borrowed from the school’s library.


Li developed 11 kinds of memory methods to memorize English words and has taught them to her students.

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See also: How Do I Memorize a Dictionary? and Dr. Yip Swee Chooi on Memorizing a 1774-page Chinese-English Dictionary.


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