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Let’s talk about how our memory work. And also: why sometimes it doesn’t seem to be working at all…

What was it we wanted to tell you…?

Oh, yea. That today we will be talking about our memory, how it works and how we store our memories. As always, if you are interested in learning more about this topic, you can scroll down to the Follow up video which this week is simply AMAZING.

Prepared for you by: My Personal English Coach



The key verbs for today are… Oh, no… We forgot what they were…

Just kidding. Here we go:

A. Forgetting:

  1. Slip one’s mind 🤷‍♂️ – To be forgotten.
    • I was supposed to call Mike yesterday, but it completely slipped my mind.
  2. Blank out 🌫️ – To suddenly be unable to remember something.
    • I knew the answer a moment ago, but I blanked out as soon as the quiz started.
  3. Fade away 🌅 – To slowly disappear from memory.
    • As the years go by, the details of that day have started to fade away.

B. Remembering:

  1. Jog one’s memory 🏃‍♀️ – To cause someone to remember something.
    • Seeing her old school photo jogged her memory about her childhood friends.
  2. Call to mind 📞 – To remember; to bring something back into one’s mind.
    • That song calls to mind the summer we spent together.
  3. Brush up on 📚 – To improve one’s knowledge of something already learned but partly forgotten.
    • I need to brush up on my French before the trip to Paris.

Round 1: YOU

  1. How good are you at remembering things? What things are easy to remember?
  2. What kinds of things do you often forget? Have you forgotten anything this week?
  3. What is the earliest memory of your life that you can think of?
  4. Are there any songs that remind you of a certain event or time in your life?

Phrasal Verbs to Use:

  1. Soak up 🧽 – To absorb or take in information.
    • It’s amazing how children can soak up information so quickly.
  2. Piece together 🧩 – To put parts of a story, information, or memory in order to understand it as a whole.
    • After the event, I had to piece together what happened from various people’s memories.
  3. Drum up 🥁 – To recall or bring something to the surface from memory.
    • I had to really drum up details from my childhood for the biography.

Round 2: Remembering?

  1. Do you usually remember your dreams? What was the last dream you had?
  2. Are you good at remembering phone numbers? Whose numbers do you remember?
  3. Would you like to have a photographic memory? How would it be useful to you?

Round 3: Memories

  1. What is one of the happiest memories in your life? Who were you with at the time?
  2. Do you take many photographs for memories? How often do you look at them?
  3. What do you think it would be like if you could only remember the past 7 days?
  4. What do you hope to be remembered for in your life? Who will remember you?

3 Verbs You Could Use:

  1. Dwell on 🤔 – To think or talk a lot about something, especially something it would be better to forget.
    • I try not to dwell on the unpleasant memories of my school days.
  2. Block out 🚫 – To deliberately try to forget something that is disturbing or upsetting.
    • Sometimes, I just block out the bad times we had.
  3. Cherish 💖 – To remember or hold (an idea, belief, or memory) dearly.
    • I cherish the memories of summers spent at my grandmother’s house.

Remember – there is always more! Here is your Follow Up Video:


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