Memorizing general terms


Hi, I always had a problem memorizing words that mean nothing such as “Activity”, “Process”, “Change”. They mean nothing yet they are used inifnite times.
What are good mnemonics for these types of words? Is there any site or app that could help memorizing general words?

(Josh Cohen) #2

Are you trying to memorize something specific?

Creating images gets easier with practice. Here are some possible images for those words:


The word also means coins, so you could picture some spare change. Or any song that has “change” in the title.



If you’re a programmer, you could picture something related to computer processes.

Or maybe some kind of processing plant.

“Pro” can mean “professional” and “cess” could be expanded to “cesspool” – maybe a professional (person) in a cesspool.


“Act” could be converted to “actor” and “tivity” could be linked to nativity. “Actor-nativity” – an actor performing at a nativity scene.

For more ideas, see the how to create mnemonic images wiki page.


…or a “professional chess player” by adding an “h” to process.


Hi, thanks for the replies. I found them useful!!
I’m pursuing a career in Pharmacy and those are words we encounter quite frequently in every subject you could think of. So I read it was useful to have a memorized list of frequently used terms for studying.
But with process there is a problem that in spanish chess is translated as “ajedrez” which doesn’t sound like “-cess” at all and I neveer heard of “cesspool”. For some odd reason I’m starting to relate it to “Food processing” and i can imagine a salad being interrogated before being prosecuted, in jail.

I really liked the idea of “monetary change” and the “actor-nativity”. Thanks, I owe you a lot.

Since you help me a lot for real, may I add to the list Mechanism & Treatment?
I can’t count how many times I have encountered those words yet I have mental block when trying to create good images with them!

I believe someone would find useful these links with more common words:


Fair point… are you trying to find a mnemonic for English “process” or Spanish “proceso” though? You could put a heavy Spanish accent on the English “yes” and "pronounce it “jes”… gets you “pro-jes”, but maybe then pronounce the “jes” as in “Jesus”… not exactly there but closer than ajedrez.

As a prefix “pro” basically has the meaning of approving or supporting what follows… so it’s a double yes then… which is kind of what a process is: done, yes, next, done, yes, next…

(Josh Cohen) #6


The suffix -ism sometimes refers to beliefs (Buddism, communism, socialism, etc.). You could imagine that “mechan-ism” (“machine” + “ism”) is a religion for machines (after they develop AI).


Maybe a sewage treatment plant?

Or medical treatment of some kind.

Or menthol candies for Halloween (kids saying “trick or treat” and complaining about getting “menthol” candies).


Woah, you really have some good imagination, and I’m grateful for that hahahahah! They are going to be useful. I wish I could be as creative as you.
Thank you two for your BIG ideas, if I come up with other frequent general words I’ll post a list :hugs:

(Josh Cohen) #8

It gets easier with practice. :slight_smile: