When it comes to expressing yourself fluently, especially regarding more difficult topics, knowing specific words can increase your overall ability to communicate. If you don’t know the noun, verb or adjective you are left having to explain each idea; if whoever is listening isn’t great at guessing and deciphering your body language you might be out of luck.
Perhaps the title was a bit of a misnomer. You memory doesn’t suck, it’s just not that reliable. Human memory works by remembering salient information that is meaningful. This meaning is often created within webs of other meanings. In psychology, this is called schema theory and it works like this – one idea connects to a web of other ideas to form a relationship, the strength of that relationship will often determine the “level of wired-ness” of the memory
When I entered my second year of hardcore Mandarin study my teacher introduced me to several lessons that involved such riveting topics as: pottery, famous puppeteers, and the cultural history of Chinese vases.
As much as I appreciate art and have the utmost respect for puppeteers, potters and epic Chinese vases that require countless hours and talent beyond my imagination – I wasn’t interested. The thing is, I almost tricked myself.