Because today with your smartphones huh, you learn nothing, you retain nothing, you look directly in Wikipedia when you forget something, you don’t even do your head subtractions anymore, and in the end you soften your brain. However, there are plenty of very simple little mnemonic devices that allow you to remember a lot of things, from the order of the planets to the names of the dwarfs in Snow White. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not, but it’s better than just giving in and googling the answer.
1. Here I am, Tonton Marcel, I Am A Professional Swimmer – the order of the planets
Now that Pluto has become a planet again, you can use this phrase to remember the order of the planets in our solar system, from closest to furthest from the Sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. If the sentence does not suit you, there is also “Mélanie, You’re in trouble, I’m a rotten turnip”
2. Adam’s charm is to be naked – distinguish beech charms
These 2 common trees look a lot alike, but hornbeam leaves have teeth (Adam’s charm), while beech leaves have hairs (hairy). Not complicated and practical to show off on a hike.
3. But where is Ornicar? – coordinating conjunctions
A classic of classics. But, Or, And, So, Or, Nor, Because. In Quebec we will rather say “But where is Carnior? to make it interesting, but it amounts to the same thing.
4. Adam leaves for Antwerp with a hundred sure sous, enters behind at Decontre – the main prepositions
Not sure that there is a crucial interest in being able to recite the main prepositions but you never know: To, In, By, For, In, To, With, Without, Under, On, Between, Behind, At, From, Versus
5. Dying only takes an “r” because you only die once
6. The swallow takes two “l”s because it flies with its two wings
7. The old woman can only walk with her two sticks
Because you struggle all the time to place the “i”.
8. Always, always an “s” and forever, never forget it
9. On a root of the heather, a crow drinks water from the Molière fountain – the French authors of the XVII century
Racine, Jean de La Bruyère, Pierre Corneille, Nicolas Boileau, Jean de La Fontaine, Molière, to be sure not to forget any.
10. Envelope only takes an “l” because you only put one letter in an envelope
11. Facing the stage at the theatre, the garden side and the courtyard side are on the side of each initial of Jesus Christ, Julius Caesar or Jacques Chirac
The garden side is therefore on the left and the courtyard on the right.
12. Oh! Lala! – the correspondence between Latin notes and English notes
To know which Latin notes (do, re, mi…) correspond to English notes (A, B, C), remember that the A=La and then proceed logically: B=si, C=do etc.
13. Orange – find the cardinal points
West/East, Orange. Well, that doesn’t tell you where North is, so you can also block the word ONE in your little brain
14. MAL BAISÉ – the countries bordering France
If you want to teach it to kids, opt instead for “Like ISABELA” but the result is the same: Monaco, Andorra, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Spain.
15. HOLMES – the Great Lakes of North America
Knowing the lakes of North America is elementary, so think of Sherlock HOLMES: Huron, Ontario, St Laurent, Michigan, Erie, Superior.
16. Beau Garçon Habitant Salvador Cleans and Waxes Floors – Central American countries
Not only are they all there but also arranged from North to South: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama.
17. Skillful Australians got an erection when they saw gigantic fir trees in the void – the evolution of man
So OK, we don’t really know who these guys are who get a hard-on when they see fir trees, but I want to tell you that it’s not our problem as long as you remember the essentials: Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus , Neanderthal Man and Homo Sapiens.
18. Mostapha! I’m waiting for the copy! – the seven wonders of the World
It’s stupid, just take the beginning of each word: Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, STATue of Zeus in Olympia, PHAre of Alexandria, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, TEMPle of Artemis in Ephesus, COlossus of Rhodes, PYramides of Egypt.
19. Rudy tries in karate, I fuck Fabienne like Rudy, mouth to mouth, outraged – the American Presidents
Sometimes mnemonic devices really don’t make sense and we would have done better to learn the names of the presidents directly, but hey, the sentence made us laugh: Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan , Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama.
20. Young merry widow seeks old baron even sick in order to live better point – the Roman gods
Imagine a guy pointing a crossbow at you one day and asking you to recite the Roman gods? What he doesn’t know is that you have the infallible method for reciting Juno, Venus, Jupiter, Ceres, Vulcan, Bacchus, Mercury, Minerva, Apollo, Diana, Vesta, Mars, Pluto.
21. THIS GALOP – the 7 deadly sins
Because you are always thinking with friends and you are always missing one: Anger, Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Laziness
22. Battery – left and right on a boat
Battery, BA-TRI, port left, starboard right. It’s quite silly.
23. A Play Almost Alone You Get Grumpy – the dwarfs from Snow White
Normally, if you’re not too bigheaded, it’s not very difficult to remember, but sometimes you can’t choose blockages and no matter how hard you try, it doesn’t want to. Here are the 7 dwarfs: Sneezy, Happy, Teacher, Dopey, Shy, Sleepy, Grumpy.