You're doing great quizzes, scambigol. Pretty challenging.
what are you on my dude
just follow a systematic approach
on the other side of things, only missed "Malaysia, Malta, Tonga" on my first go.
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How does one remember Barbados?
The big 3 (Aus, NZ, PNG)
The 2 islands (Marshall & Solomon)
The 2 big groups (Kiribati & Micronesia)
The 3 small short names (Fiji, Tonga & Samoa)
The 4 u's (Palau, Nauru, Tuvalu, Vanuatu)
For the Caribbean, I do:
Hispaniola (always get Dominica here)
3 big ones (Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas)
3 little ones (Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad)
All others I picture the map in my hand and move along, border by border.
the 3 saints,
The "Big Three" [Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas],
and then the three that are a single word and dont fit a group [Barbados, Dominica, and Grenada].
For the last three i just make an association with the 3 flags of those countries to better remember.
As for Oceania I do it literally identically.
Are You KIDDING ME??
Also, after a full year of going at it from time to time, the unthinkable finally happened! I have just missed my own country ;_;
This beats or equals 35.7% of test takers
The average score is 169
Your high score is 190
Must've been because I was too focused on Eswatini and Lesotho lol
My strategy was going through every continent one at a time until I thought I'd got every country there so that I wasn't constantly 2nd guessing myself as to if I'd forgotten anything.
I got to 195 and, after typing in every country in Africa again (the last continent I did) just gave up and realized that I'd thought of Jamaica and just didn't type it.
I forgot freaking China.
some tips for those who struggle a bit more or forget one or two countries, try having the countries in groupings in your mind so take Oceania for example:
The Big 2 (Australia & New Zealand)
The P's: (Papua New Guinea and Palau)
The T's: (Tonga and Tuvalu)
The S's: (Samoa and Solomon Islands)
The M's (Micronesia and Marshall Islands)
The -U's (Nauru and Vanuatu)
The -I's (Fiji and Kiribati)
So instead of 14 individual countries you have 7 groups that are super easy to remember.
You can do this for each continent and if you do it correctly the groupings can decrease what you need to remember by a factor of 2 to 4. if you use small groupings, you shouldn't miss any single country
Personnally, I always get PNG along with East Timor as neighbors of Indonesia. Australia and New Zealand can't be missed.
Then, the 3 compound names: Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, FSM. I always associate Fiji, Samoa and Tonga (they are geographically close by the way). Then another group with Kiribati, Nauru and Palau ; and the two similar words Vanuatu and Tuvalu.
As for the caribbean, I have memorized their order north to south (but this is not perfect or I would not have missed St Lucia today...).
Australia & NZ
Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands
I think this pairs the most similar-sounding ones together.
I typed only European countries until I got to 45.
Then Asian countries until I got to 93 (45+48)
Then African countries until I got to 147 (45+48+54)
Then Oceania until 161(45+48+54+14)
Then South America until 173
Then North America to finish.
Mainland North to South and the Caribbean Islands.
Brazil, I thought of it but somehow didn't type it
Taiwan, how did I not think of these guys?
Namibia, thought of it while typing Angola
Botswana, thought of it while typing Zambia, but then typed Zimbabwe instead (ack)
Bangladesh, slipped my mind
Gabon Always have trouble with these 3 (my big 3)
Maybe next time, of course I'll miss something different!
Got them all on the second try, though I forgot Malawi existed for a whole minute.
Why did my brain deny the existence of Mexico???
great quiz :)
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