Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Ah! She's awake. - I'm Dr. House. - What? Wait, where⏤ Who am I? Where am I? You're in the hospital. You're Becky. And you're... pretty cool. Wait, who are you? Who's this? Have you got amnesia, love? Becky, this is Kyle, your boyfriend. What? No, no, no, I wouldn't date someone who wears sunglasses inside. You haven't got any recollection of us together? I got nothing. You're the boyfriend! Say something; jog her memory! Yeah, yeah, I might have something. Um... ♪ Remember me ♪ ♪ Though I have to say goodbye ♪ ♪ Remember me ♪ ♪ Don't let it make you cry ♪ - I do remember you! - Yes! - Kyle. - Yes! You're a douche! - So cool. Today's lesson is all about memory, and the most useful expressions that you can use for remembering things... ... and... what was the other thing? First, quickly, what's the difference between "remember" and "remind"? These two verbs are always confused. So, they both talk about having a memory inside your head, but "remember" specifically means to have and to keep a memory in your head. Like, "If you go out somewhere, just remember to take your key." Keep that memory inside your head; don't lose it. And "remind" means that something or someone puts the memory into your head. Again. I'm listening to our song right now. It reminds me of you. So, in that situation, the song makes me remember; it gives me the memory of something. It reminds me of the thing. I remember your face when I listen to this song. Alright, so, if you are like me, then every time you meet someone new, this happens. Hello, how you doing? I'm Maria. You alright? I'm Aly! What was your name again? Yeah, really, it's every time. But did you notice, when you want to ask someone to repeat some information that maybe you forgot, we ask it like this: Sorry, what was your name again? I know, it's still your name now, but the verb, we make it past, because we forgot, and you told me in the past. And also, notice, when we ask you to repeat something, we will add "again", like in these examples: Sorry, my memory is terrible! What was your job again? Oh, no worries. I'm a painter. What did you do again? Yes, it's still happening now, but that verb, change it to the past tense and add "again", because you're asking them to repeat themselves. What was the next thing? Sorry, I lost my train of thought. You know those times when you have a thought and then you have another thought, but then you lose it and you forget everything? In those times, we say that you "lose your train of thought". So, right now, I... I just lost my train of thought. Sorry. When you forget something very quickly or in a careless way, we say that that thing "slipped your mind". "It slipped my mind!" For example: Did you not hear any name? Or did you forget it? Or what? I heard what you said, I just... it slipped my mind. When we talk about remembering things, these are the most common expressions. You don't remember my name? I told you f... five seconds ago. It'll come back to me, I promise. Remember the phrasal verb, "come back"? It means "return". The memory will return. I just need something to jog my memory, and then I'll remember. I came over here, I introduced myself... "Hello, I'm Aly..." To "jog your memory", to shake your brain, to do something in order to help you remember something. Now, when you're trying to remember something... No, nothing, you just can't remember, we say these: Oh, my God, it's⏤look, I believe in you; it's easy! What's my name? Maaaa...? Sorry, I'm drawing a blank! My mind is a blank, sorry! When you "draw a blank" or your "mind is a blank", it means there's no memory in there, it's nothing. No, no, come on. Mariii...? I've got nothing, sorry! Now, when I have this face⏤look at that stupid face⏤I'm looking or I'm staring blankly at someone or something; it means nothing is happening inside here. It rhymes with "Korea"? Sh! Don't tell me. It's on the tip of my tongue. Um... Something "is on the tip of your tongue". The words are there, but you just can't say them. You just need something to jog your memory a tiny bit, and then you'll remember. Oh, ah! I had it, and now it's gone. Yeah, no, I lost it. Some of you want the more formal options, so let's talk about that. To "have a recollection of" something or someone. A recollection, it's a memory, but it's just a more formal word for memory. Pronunciation: Recollection. Re-co-llec-tion. Recollection. The stress is here. Recollection. But that's a noun, and it works like this: So you don't have any recollection of my name? Nothing? Yeah, I have no recollection of your name at all! A formal verb that you can use would be "recall". Pronunciation: Recall. That's a schwa. Re-call. The stress is on the second syllable. Recall. If you don't remember, you don't "recall". That's a more formal way of saying I don't remember. And we use it like this: Do you usually have trouble recalling names? Well, weirdly, I can actually recall every one of my exes, because... well, it's actually easy, they're all called Maria; it's really weird. Why are you angry? What did I do? So, next time that you forget something in English, just remember this lesson, and... I was gonna say something then. This is embarrassing. Uh, no, I remember, I remember! Um, I've got a new "Papa Teach Me" e-book. You can find worksheets on my favorite lessons, including this one, on my Patreon. You'll see the link for that in the description. And I'll see you in the next class, if I remember when that is.