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Do geniuses not forget what they learn?

I am struggling with memorising vocabulary now.

What just made me worried is that I forgot nearly half of words I memorized last year.

Also, when I tested some words I memorized yesterday, I couldn't recall one third of them.

Am I rather bad in memorising?

This is really my concern. I forget people's name well.

When I try to remind someone and his name, I have a difficulty from time to time to find his name.


I am also curious if genius students are able to memorise words permanently.

Long ago, I had an opportunity to talk to MIT student, and asked "Can you remember things within a sec? (or something like this)",

his answer was "We are the same. We need to read one book over and over again."

I am not sure if he was talking about the encyclopedia kind of books...

I am wondering if they also need several times of review as well.


One more thing that I am curious about is, once you successfully memorised a word only with your eyes, then are you able to speak the word in conversation?

I need to speak the word several times and review as well, to be able to use the word in conversation.

My brain is not good to connect letters to sound.

Someone please tell me if I am bad at memorising or I am normal. : )

Jan 29, 2016 1:32 AM
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The reason you forget is that the information is not useful to you. Forgetting useless information is actually a very valuable function performed by the brain — Einstein was remarkably good at it.  If you were to spend less time studying vocabulary, and more time reading and speaking the language, you would remember the words.
January 29, 2016

There is a secret to memorizing anything, words, names, addresses, telephone numbers, anything. You have to have a "hook" to hang that memory on. The strongest "hooks" are emotions. You may not remember every child in your first class at school. But everyone remembers the name of the first person they fell in love with. The secret to learning is to connect what you are learning with a picture in your head. The sillier a picture is, the easier it will be to remember.

January 29, 2016

I forgot to tell you. My husband is a genius. He was tested. He forgets many things. He cannot remember anyone's name until he has known them for some time.

January 29, 2016

Its totally normal when you don't use the language on a day to day basis you forget some of it.

Try to not memorize a lot of words in just one day it will be hard to keep them in your head go for like 10-30. and about forgetting peoples names I once had someone who i was having a conversation with to repeat his name like 4 or 5 times within half an hour and i forgot it every single time lol but when I do memorize a name I can recall it even after many years . 

using a word in a conversation without knowing how it sounds is a big mistake in many languages because some words sound completely different from what you might think they sound like.

just remember training makes Perfect :)

January 29, 2016

You reference an idea which is known as "eidetic memory." The notion of such memory is largely considered to be an urban myth. Unless you repeatedly use the four language skills of listening (with comprehension), reading, speaking, and writing, you will find yourself forgetting words you have memorized.


You must "use it or lose it." Although you may never lose 100% of what you previously learned, your skill will significantly degrade without practice. This is true of almost any type of learning, for example ability to play a musical instrument or sport with skill, as well as language, mathematics, etc.

January 29, 2016
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