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Let’s Talk About The Human Mind: Memory Explained

This is the 3rd of 5 Articles MPEC decided to create to help you get to know your mind a bit better. They have been inspired by the Netflix Series The Mind: Explained

All mpec courses are based on Conversation, Communication and Interaction and our main goal is to give our students the confidence to approach any topic or idea in English. Below, you can find some questions and vocabulary you need to speak in English about THE HUMAN MIND AND THE MEMORY!

Hey there, mpec People! This is your Conversation Club Handout! To fully benefit from the Conversation Club, you should watch the Episode: Teenage Brain. If you don’t have access to Netflix, no panic! We’ve got your back! This particular Netflix episode is available on YouTube, so we linked it here for you to watch if you want!

Teenage Brain Explained

PART 1: Warm Up

  • Do you have a good memory or a bad memory
  • Do you usually remember things or forget things?
  • Would you like to have a perfect memory?Why or why not?
  • How would it change your life?

Key words:

Let’s learn some synonyms of the words: GOOD

Acceptable in quality or degreeWe have a good sense of how to proceed.adequate, fair, satisfactory, sufficient
High quality or desirableGhostbusters is a good film.brilliant, excellent, great, outstanding, superb
Useful or beneficialRegular exercise is good for your health.advantageous, helpful, positive, valuable
Morally good or agreeablegood person helps those in need.admirable, decent, respectable, virtuous
Skilled or capableHe is a very good singer.accomplished, proficient, skillful, talented
Pleasant or pleasingThat flower smells good.delightful, enjoyable, nice, pleasurable, satisfying

Let’s learn some synonyms of the words: BAD

Low quality or faultybad diet can cause health issues.deficient, inadequate, mediocre, poor
Of a very low qualityBathing in a tub of scorpions was a bad idea.awful, dreadful, terrible, unacceptable
Harmful or negativeSmoking is bad for you.damaging, detrimental, injurious, unhealthy
Immoral or disagreeableBad behavior will be punished.evil, reprehensible, unpleasant, wrong
Unpleasant or unwelcomeWe saw the bad news on television.abhorrent, disagreeable, troublesome, undesirable

Part 2: Earliest or most vivid Memory

  • What’s your earliest memory? When did the event take place? Can you tell us about your earliest memories in detail?
  • What’s your most vivid memory? When was it? Can you tell us in detail about it?

Key Concept: 3 Meanings of the verb: To Remember

in the sense of recall. Definition: to become aware of (something forgotten) again Example: He was remembering the old days. Synonyms: recall / think back to

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 in the sense of don’t forget. Definition: to keep (an idea, intention, etc.) in one’s mind Example: Remember to take the present. .Synonyms: don’t forget / be sure/ be certain/ make sure that you / mind that you

 in the sense of cherish Example: I’ll make it a birthday to remember. Synonyms cherish / prize / treasure / hold dear

PART 3: You and the Others

  • Do you have a photographic memory or do you know anyone who has a photographic memory?
  • Are there things or times that you will never forget? Tell your group about them.
  • Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you went there? If so, tell us about it!
  • If you could edit your memories, which ones would you erase and why? Which ones would you make clearer and more vivid?


All mpec students are welcome to join our Conversation Club Zoom Sessions which take place every Tuesday, 6pm to 6.30 pm and Thursday from 1 to 1.30 pm from October to June. If you are not a part of the mpec community yet, please get in touch with us and we will partner with you to create the right course for your needs and goals. Live English Courses via Streaming

Self Study Suggestion:

Watch the video (Netflix or You Tube) again.

Keep the subtitles on and try to make a list of 7 new expressions you find useful for your communication needs in English

Share your list with the other MPEC students and actively try to use the new words for a full week