No reason to skip Thai names over any other unless you’re seasoned. 90% of the names in the international format are ones I haven’t seen before, and 99% of them are names that I don’t have images for, so they might as well all be unique.
Today I broke my 5 min Int. N&F PB that had been standing for months. It was at 45. I had gotten close a couple of times and even tied the score of 45 again 2 weeks ago. At this level, memocamp generates 27 faces, or 54 names.
Today, I got 51 correct of 53 attempted from 54 names, 51/53/54 !!!
And the two that were missed were:
I typed Jeanette instead of Jeannette
I typed Altamireno instead of Altamirano
It was a nearly perfect run, and worth a whopping 738 points!!!
And here is the kicker: I USED NEITHER IMAGES NOR NOTABLE FACIAL FEATURES.
That’s good news folks, because most people suck at picking distinct facial features and linking images to them. It seems everywhere you look, this strategy or some close variation of it is offered as the best. Well it isn’t necessary!
Yanjaa is not an anomaly. Names can be memorized without images and without trying to pick distinct facial features. I for one am 100% committed to abandoning that strategy p e r m a n e n t l y.
Unfortunately, like Yanjaa, I don’t really know how do describe my strategy because it was not very systematic. I’m breaking past a longstanding plateau now, so as I make more improvement I’ll observe my thought processes more carefully and drop by here again to help. All I can say for now is that at first I was really more focused on the names than the faces. I used something like you might use with random words, sometimes images and other times like a little story or something.
For instance, Paulus Bieshaare I thought that Paul is with us and he buys hair. It wasn’t an image exactly, but it was a memorable phrase. Other times I just made some sort of mundane observation that has to do with the name in a different way, such as that the first and last name start with the same letter, or that “Alicja” was a name I had never heard of, but it’s just like Alicia, except you drag the pen down while writing the second “i” and then it turns into a “j”. That was somewhat of an interesting observation, but it wasn’t an image, and it definitely wasn’t linked to a face.
Only as I went back for review after going through all of the names and faces did I realize that I hadn’t really been paying attention to the faces much yet. Some of the faces looked completely fresh as if I didn’t even look at the picture the first time through, and maybe I didn’t. But many of the names already had some sort of association with them that I had just made, like the three examples cited above. For every event, long or short, I do all of the memorizing at first and then go back to review it all - I never split material into chunks. But when I went back intending to review, noticing that I hadn’t payed attention to the faces much, it was only a review of the names. As far as the faces were concerned, the encoding process was actually in phase II:
Find a way to convince yourself that each name is somehow interesting or unique using methods like the ones I described above. It doesn’t have to be great, it just has to have enough of an association that when you see the name the second time, you remember that you had seen it the first time, and you could retrace the thought process you had when you saw the name for the first time, whatever that thought process was. I believe that this is all it takes.
Now that you “know” the names, go back and study the person that each name belongs to.
That was my method. And at least this one time, it worked like a charm. And this was the only time that I ever tried to do N&F like this.