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@Children's World

It's early, but Christmas and Santa Lucia in Verona is coming soon.

When you have children, sooner or later comes the moment of truth.
For me, for us parents, the moment came about a month ago.
The question was : "Tell me the truth about Santa!"
Not easy to answer!

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Inspireing and helpful for me was this post from few years ago:
ARE YOU SANTA? TELL ME THE TRUTH (2013).

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@Children's World

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For my kids I'm slowly discovering the various options that it offers ANKI. Wonderful !
On YouTube it can be found a lot of tips and suggestions for efficient work with it.




Image/photo Some time ago, I learned foreign languages for myself in the old fashion way. It's time to refresh and to repeat !



Credits and further information:
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Lerndatei (Wikipedia)
Flashcard (Wikipedia)
ANKI (Wikipedia)

#learning #flashcard
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Memory is quick if you practice focusing. If you focus the first time, there is no need to repeat it, because you already know it. However, we are usually not able to focus for very long, hence repetition is necessary for larger chunks of information. Space repetition does work.

Years ago I taught myself how to memorize a deck of cards. This is a very small and fixed piece of information, and so quick to learn and do. I will give you some examples of how to use this for fun. These are not tricks as in cheating, you actually do it. I was called to do that without having done it for 20 years, and while I was a bit slow, I did manage the Just In Time Deck.

# Just In Time Deck
The first example is the Just In Time Deck. Allow e.g. five people to shuffle a full deck and take out one card each, then hand you the deck. You go through it once as quick as you can, and then hand the deck back. At this point, the five can know the card or not know the card they took. It does not matter. The JIT version lets you now say which five cards have been taken, so name one and let the person holding that card reveal it to the others, continue with the other four.

# Pre-Time Deck - unordered
The next example looks similar, but it is not. You remembered the deck as you went through it, right? If you did, great, if not then for this one you need to remember a deck first - let us call it the Pre-Time Deck - unordered. The easiest variant of showing the Pre-Time Deck unordered is to have someone cut the deck you have remembered. You will now be able to say which card is previous and next after the one showing. You can also ask for a card and say which number it is in the deck, but it will be slow.

# Pre-Time Deck - ordered
As before, the full deck can be borrowed and shuffled by somebody else, but you need to look through it once. However, and different from the last version, now you add an index as you memorize the deck, e.g. Seven of Hearts is first, Three of Clubs is second and so on. Now you can ask for any number between 1-52 - or 52 - 1, birthdays or other significant dates will be between 1-31 so allow to start counting from the top or bottom. You can do the cut as before, but this time you can say which cards are four before or seven after.

So how is this done?

To do the JIT Deck, as you go through the deck only once, you use pre-learned mental images for each card and explode the image. As you hand the deck back, you start going through each suite's pre-learend images in your head - Spades, Hearts, Clubs and Diamond - those you had not exploded, those are the once that were taken.

To do the Pre-Time Deck - unordered, as you go through the deck only once, you use the same pre-learned mental images for each card and contect them as in a story or you can use Loci - put each card from your front door through every room in your house. When the deck is cut or someone names a card, you see its place in the story or in your house, and you can look at what came before or after.

To do the Pre-Time Deck - ordered, as you go through the deck only once, you use the same pre-learned mental images for each card AND the pre-learned mental images for each number from 1 to 52 and connect card image with number image.

That's it. :-)

Well, almost.

You need to know how to create those mental images, because they follow a strict system. Let us start with the digits first, there are only ten of them - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.  They look like consonants - 1 looks like a t, 2 looks like an n on its side, 3 looks like an m on it side, 4 looks like an R reversed and lost its leg, 5 looks like an S, 6 looks like a b, 7 looks like part of a K, 8 looks like an calligraphy f and 9 looks like a P revered. These are fixed. We will be LISTENING for these, so we can allow ourselves a little wiggle room by adding that 1 can be T or D or TH - these three SOUND similar, okay?

The number 3412 can then be said to be M R T N, so if you just slide in some vowels, you have MaRTiN. Now, MaRTiN is someone we can see in our mind, right, and when we listen for the consonant sounds in MaRTiN we convert the M to 3, R to 4, T to 1 and N to 2 - 3412.

Let us try Pi with ten decimals - 3.1415926535. Break a long number into groups of two or three or four as you normally would for phone number (well, you would if you are as old as me, pre cell phones - gasp :scream_cat: ). Okay, here we go - Pi with ten digits is M T R T S P N B S M S. Hm... Remember, we are LISTENING to consonant SOUNDS, so we do not care about correct spelling, okay? 3 1 4 - MoTHeR, 1 - Do, 5 9 2 - SPaiN, 6 - Buy, 5 3 5 - MuSeS. Mother, do Spain buy muses? Can you remember that? If not, create your own words or sentences. Now that you know the system, learning Pi to a hundred digits is probably easier, because you have much more wiggle room. Just create a fun sentence you can remember, and convert. :-)

Hey, wait a minute - what about the cards. Ah, yes - I forgot about those. ;-) It is the same system with a slight twist. All Spades image words start with an S, all Hearts words start with an H, all Clubs words start with a C and all Diamond image words start with a D. Example: Rember 4 looks like an R without its leg. Four of Clubs is C - R, or CaR. Four Hearts is H - R, or HaiR. I will not give you the rest - YOU need to create those list of image words that work for YOU. Have fun, choose images that are fun or sexy for YOU to use - it is your head. :-)
  
You are most welcome. :-)