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Learn the difference between – Remember, Remind & Memorize

This free English classes online from Let’s Tal Spoken English Institute we will help you understand the difference between the three words, remember, remind & memorize and also show you how to use the words correctly in spoken English.This free English classes online from Let’s Talk Spoken English Institute we will help you understand the difference between the three words, remember, remind & memorize and also show you how to use the words correctly in spoken English. Improve your English Communication Skills with our Free ESL lessons.

Remember –

Mostly used when you think of a memory or a past experience. You remember something yourself or you tell someone to remember something or ask them if they do.

  • Do you remember her name?
  • I remember this place, I have been here before.
  • I can’t remember the name of this track.

Remind –

is used when a person, a thing or a situation makes you think about something, so it means that somebody else causes you to remember something.

  • Please remind me to pay the bill.
  • This boy/girl reminds me of my childhood.
  • Do I need to remind you to take your pills daily?

Memorize –

is the act of trying to put some information into your memory.

  • I want to memorize the lyrics of this song.
  • I haven’t memorized my annual day speech.
  • It’s difficult to memorize so much of information.

I hope that this Spoken English lesson has cleared your doubts regarding these commonly confused words. Keep practising and watching our videos to become fluent in spoken English.

Complete Lesson Transcript –

Hi, I’m Sonia and I have a question for you. If you are someone who forgets things easily, do I need to remember you, remind you or memorize you? Confused? Well, don’t be because today we are going to do a lesson on the difference between these three easily confused words and they are, remember, remind and memorize. Very simple, very easy to understand, just keep your focus and I’m sure, you’ll get this right.

Let’s look at the very first word here, which is, remember. So, when you think of the word remember, what does it mean? You use the word, remember, when you yourself try to think of a past experience or some kind of a memory, okay. So you yourself try to think of a past experience or a memory. Let’s look at the first sentence, do you remember her name? Alright, so here, another person may be is asking me, hey Sonia, do you remember her name? That person is asking me, if I, myself can think. You know to go into my memory and think of that person’s name. So do you remember her name? Okay. So remember is used when you think of a past experience or a memory yourself, very important, okay.
The next one here, I remember this place, I have been here before. Do you sometimes make these kinds of sentences? Well, I do. You know whenever you go to a familiar restaurant or to a familiar place and you’re going there after a very long time, you tend to tell your friends or whoever is along with you, you know what I remember this place, I’ve been here before and I really loved the food. So here, you are thinking of a past experience or a memory and that’s why, you use the word, remember and not anything else.

The next one here, I can’t remember the name of this track., oh no. well, yes it does happen sometimes that you’re listening to a great track and you really like it a lot and you have heard it before, possibly many numbers of times. Sometimes at that moment, you just can’t remember it. You can’t go back into your memory and think or try and remember the name of that particular track and what is a track by the way? A track is nothing but a song, okay. So, remember is always, always used when you yourself are trying to think of a past experience or a past memory. Okay, remember, remember that.

Next one here is, remind. Okay, now it’s quite similar to remember but the only difference here is that you will use remind when someone else or something else, something external influences your memory. Something else or someone else causes you to think of a past experience or a memory. Okay, it’s not you, yourself; it’s something else or someone else. Let’s look at the sentences and maybe we’ll get this much better. The first one, and this is something that my mother uses very often, Okay, she keeps telling me, Sonia, please remind me to pay the bill. Okay, so any bill, any utility bill, you know she always tells me this, please remind me to pay the bill because she forgets very often. So I’m like the person who keeps reminding her of all these things. So here if you notice, my mom, in this case, is telling me to remind her of something because she can’t think of it herself. So, I’m the person who will influence her memory. So, she says please remind me to pay the bill. Okay, so remind is used when something else, something or someone else makes you remember or makes you think of something, alright. Next one here, this boy reminds me of my childhood. So sometimes, you know we, look at children or maybe a younger person and we feel that I was just like this when I was a kid, right? It happens sometimes. That’s when you would say, this boy reminds me or this girl reminds me of my childhood. I was just like here, very naughty when I was a kid. But why, why am I using reminds? Because it’s someone else, it’s an external force, something else that’s reminding me. I can’t say, this boy remembers me of my childhood that will sound absolutely wrong. It’s just wrong, okay, don’t do it. This boy or this girl reminds me of something. And then we have, do I need to remind you to take your pills? Do you use these kinds of sentences? Sometimes, we need to. There a lot of people who tend to forget to take their pills or their medicines and supposing it’s a family member or maybe your child, you know, you may use this kind of a sentence. So, here, as well, if you notice, you’re asking the person, do I need to remind you? Okay because here, it’s an external force, it’s someone else or something else that needs to remind that person to do something, in this case, to take their pills or their medicines. So, remind is used only and only when something else or someone else makes you think of a memory or makes you think of something, alright.
Finally, we have memorized. Now, this is absolutely different from remember and remind. Okay the word itself sounds very different. The spelling is entirely different, so don’t get this confused at all. What does memorize mean? Memorize, over here means that you are trying to put something into your memory. Okay, you’re trying to get something into your head, to memorize something. Let’s look at the first sentence; I want to memorize the lyrics of this song. So say, if you’re taking part in a competition or maybe you just want to impress and someone and you wanna sing a song at a party, so you want to memorize which means, you wanna learn or you want to put that information into your head, so later on, you can remember it. So you have to, memorize which means, you’re putting information into your head, alright. So it means to, put information into your memory. You memorize something, if you notice something, also comes from the word, memory.

The next one here, I haven’t memorized my annual day speech, oh no, that’s something very bad. I haven’t memorized, okay, memorized is nothing but the past tense of memorize, memorized, past tense. So I haven’t already put the information into my head, I need to do it fast. I haven’t learned or I haven’t put the details in. Finally, it’s difficult to memorize, so much information. So say you know if you’re a student for example, and you have an exam and you’ve not really been studying, hmm, so now you have just like 2 days before your examination and no you will obviously find it very difficult to memorize everything. You know, anything will be difficult for you. So, here when we say memorize, this also means the same thing, to basically, put some information into your memory, to learn something, okay.

So here, we are different words, remember, remind and memorize. Let’s do a quick recap. Remember is when you yourself try to think of a past experience or a memory. Remind is when something else, or someone else makes you think of something and memorize is when you, try to put some information may be from a book or from the internet, you try to put some details into your memory, okay.

So here we are at the end of this lesson, I now hope that you’ve understood very clearly, what’s the difference between these three words. Make sure that whenever you use them, you use then very distinctively and you know exactly how to use them in sentences, alright. Well, I hope that you’ve enjoyed watching this lesson; I definitely enjoyed giving you all these examples. I’ll be back soon with something new, till then you take good care of yourselves, bye

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