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My Big Gray Elephant Has No Critical Problems (by India)

Guess what?

We don’t really have an elephant.

And if we did, he would have no critical problems.

Although, if I did have a pet elephant I might name him Trunks.

What this really is, is a MNEMONIC.

Do you know what a mnemonic is?

First of all it is pronounced… ne-mon-ic.

We live in Mexico and below Mexico are a bunch of little countries that make Central America.  I couldn’t remember all the names until I read this sentence in a book…

My Big Gray Elephant Has No Critical Problems…

Mexico / Belize / Guatemala / El Salvador / Honduras / Nicaragua / Costa Rica / Panama

Down here my family and I meet people from all of these countries at our assemblies (we have been to 2 already) and that’s why I wanted to know where they are.


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  • Katelyn Rapoza June 18, 2011, 1:56 pm

    Great job, India!!!!! You’re such a great writer!! Keep learning all sorts of new things! Have a happy summer!! Miss you…

  • Geraldine June 18, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Thanks for the geography lesson. I learned something new today!

  • Elly June 18, 2011, 8:32 pm

    I’m going to remember that one, India!

  • Re-Na Hanson June 18, 2011, 11:00 pm

    Now if I can’t only remember “My Big Gray Elephant Has No Critical Problems…” I think I will be able to remember the names of the countries! Thanks for the lesson India. Re-Na in Arkansas USA

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  • Ellice June 19, 2011, 6:11 pm

    You’re looking as beautiful as ever! I love how you’ve become so interested in your new culture!

  • Rebecca and George Duarte June 20, 2011, 7:38 am

    Can I just say how cool, and they even look like and elephant I wish I had learned that in school maybe I would have been better at Geography.

  • Laurel Johnson June 20, 2011, 8:16 am

    India, I LOVED this! This will help me remember too. I am especially impressed by the beautiful artful way you illustrated this. I just love using markers too! Now can you do one for where the 50 states are? Having a tough time remembering them. hehehehhe…..

  • katrina June 20, 2011, 9:25 am

    Hey Yaya, that helped me a lot, I’m going to try and remember that. It helps that it is about an elephant, Jordie’s favorite animal. Can you do one for Africa??? hehehe. 🙂
    I’ve had the kitty song stuck in my head latley- remember the one you made up in Cancun? It reminds me of all our good times 🙂

  • gene warren August 24, 2011, 1:45 pm

    Hi! My wife Linda and I will be in the position to relocate this fall or end of the year, and have been looking at the area around Lake Chapala.We are old timers, bapt. in 1970. Have been pioneering for two years, but a health problem has slowed us down the last 6 months. We expect it to be resolved soon.
    We thought we might be useful in English in that area. We did spend a year at a mine site in Peru in 1981, so we do have some rusty Spanish.How many congregations, languages, etc.?
    We would not be buying a home, but have been checking rental prices. Suggestions?Out of space. Thanks!

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