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Are you able to retain things that you have read or heard easily? Do you remember what you ate the day before yesterday? Do you remember what you did every day during your last trip? If you do…..there is good news: you have a good memory!
Let´s go further: you do not know where you put your keys or glasses, do you? How about names, dates, addresses, phone numbers or even anniversaries or birthdays? Do you remember them without problems? Well, if you do not….that means that your memory is not so good!
Of course having a good memory helps to increase your creativity and ability to solve problems, improve your reading comprehension and self-esteem, reduce stress, etc. It has many benefits for your health.
But don`t worry….it is not all bad news. Sometimes a bad memory has some advantages too. “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory...” states a famous quote. In some cases it can be a “gift” because you move on through the difficulties easily, you do not hold grudges and that can help to maintain relationships.
But let us come back to the point, there are many tips and exercises to sharpen your mind and boost brain power: give your brain a workout, get enough sleep, do physical exercise, make time for friends, have a laugh, eat a brain-boosting diet, do puzzles, follow a schedule, read more, etc.
If you cannot improve your memory, well, nobody is perfect….at least you can learn some expressions in English that can help you to show that if you forgot something it was not your intention and that you are doing your best!. If you add “I am sorry”, that would be much better!! Here we go:
Be on the tip of your tongue: you think you know it and that you will be able to remember it very soon. The answer is on the tip of my tongue.
Slip your mind: you forget it. I am so sorry I forgot your birthday, it just slipped my mind.
Your mind goes blank: you cannot remember a particular thing, or you cannot remember anything. I tried to remember his name, but my mind went completely blank.
Ring a bell: to sound familiar. The name rang a bell, but I could not remember where I had heard it before.
Rack your brain: to think very hard. I have been racking my brains all day, but I cannot remember her address
I had more but I forgot them….just kidding! I think it is enough for today!
Let’s go!! Try to remember these expressions and exercise your brain!! Good luck!
Thanks for reading it!!