Word Representation with an Image
When you perceive words, they automatically cause visual images to appear in your imagination, according to previously created associations. For example, you understand the words “dog,” “crow,” or “match,” because the corresponding pictures appear as a reflex when they are perceived.
Images that appear are usually very weak, so weak that many people do not even comprehend that word understanding occurs as a result of visual images. People think that they understand words without visual images.
You can easily check if a connection between an image and a word has not been created beforehand: you will not understand the meaning of the word. Compare: hito, akai, utau, and mise with a man, red, sing, a shop. These words represent the same visual images. The image appearing in your imagination is the WORD SENSE. Image-sense is a common basis for all languages. People speak different languages, but they see the same visual images in their imagination.
A simple representation of images does not offer enough for us to memorize well. Images that appear randomly in the imagination should be intentionally amplified and transformed so they’ll become handy to memorize. An image should not be too simple nor too complicated (complex plot pictures). Images must be large, three-dimensional, in color, and detailed.
A good example of how visual images should be memorized is shown using three-dimensional software graphics (3D Studio Max).