MNEMONICS for English Vocabulary No. 5
MNEMONICS for English Vocabulary No. 5
A mnemonic is a memory device such as an image, comical story, or rhyming word, that can quickly bring a word back to mind.
Study the graphics in this video, along with the Story, Definition, and Sentence Example, and see your English vocabulary grow rapidly.
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Here is the first word . . .
Pronounced: TAM◦per with stress on the 1st syllable.
DEFINITION: to interfere or make alterations often without permission
The clipart shows a boy speaking to his brother who is holding a mobile phone.
STORY: The little boy shouted at his brother: “Don’t touch Dad’s phone. You know he loses his temper if you tamper with it!” (TEMPER – TAMPER)
The clipart shows a car with the bonnet open.
SENTENCE EXAMPLE: From the time his friend tampered with the engine, his car has never worked properly.
Pronounced: SEE◦ling with stress on the 1st syllable.
DEFINITION: interior upper surface of a room
The clipart shows a Chinese girl holding on to a ceiling fan.
STORY: A little Chinese girl called Ling was easily frightened. If you suddenly made a loud noise behind her you would see Ling on the ceiling. (SEE LING . . . CEILING)
The clipart shows a a light hanging from a cracked ceiling.
SENTENCE EXAMPLE: After the earthquake, there were cracks in the ceiling!
Pronounced: hos◦PIT◦ah◦bull with stress on the 2nd syllable.
DEFINITION: friendly and welcoming to visitors and guests
The clipart shows a doctor and nurse standing outside a hospital.
STORY: The doctors and nurses at the hospital were always friendly and welcoming to everyone, so it came to be called The Hospitable Hospital! (HOSPITAL . . . HOSPITABLE)
The clipart shows an Italian chef holding a pizza.
SENTENCE EXAMPLE: As a nation, Italians have a reputation for being very hospitable.
Pronounced: ko◦in◦SIDE with stress on the 3rd syllable.
DEFINITION: happening at the same time
The clipart shows children playing football with a rain cloud above them.
STORY: When it started to rain, all the children shouted at the same time,
“Quick, let’s go inside!” (GO INSIDE . . . COINCIDE)
The clipart shows a traffic jam.
SENTENCE EXAMPLE: Unfortunately his doctor’s appointment coincided with a football game, and he was stuck in traffic for hours.
Pronounced: KID◦nap with stress on the 1st syllable.
DEFINITION: to take someone away illegally by force
The clipart shows a kidnapper running off with a boy on his shoulder.
STORY: While the KID was NAPPING, a criminal came and kidnapped him.
(KID NAPPING . . . KIDNAP)
The clipart shows a man in prison behind bars.
SENTENCE EXAMPLE: In many countries the crime of kidnapping can result in long prison sentences.
Now let’s review the images and make a strong connection with the word.
Remember the 5 words:
Let’s test your memory . . .
A doctor and nurse standing outside a hospital.
to friendly and welcoming to visitors and guests
A Chinese girl holding on to a ceiling fan.
Mnemonic: SEE LING
interior upper surface of a room
A kidnapper running off with a boy on his shoulder.
Mnemonic: KID NAPPING
to take someone away illegally by force
A boy speaking to his brother who is holding a mobile phone.
to interfere or make alterations often without permission
Children playing football with a rain cloud above them.
Mnemonic: GO INSIDE
happening at the same time
As soon as possible, look for an opportunity to use these words in your English conversation or writing:
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