How to Remember the Names of the Capitals of all Countries

The ability to remember the various capitals of the world was a favorite pastime for many people. Nevertheless, whether it has been a dream during your younger years or you’re just interested in keeping this special talent spic-n-span, the following tips might come to a lot of help. The approach has two parts: Reciting the name of a country and recalling the name of its capital. But that’s later; let’s get started with the initial steps.


To start with, Google the question:

  • How many countries start with the letter ‘A’? – You are bound to find a list with the name of the capitals displayed by their sides. If not, then search with one name at a time. Repeat the same question with all the alphabets and create a database as follows:

Country Capital

United Kingdom               London

Ireland                               Dublin

Portugal                             Lisbon

Spain                                 Madrid


  • Next, there are apps aplenty amidst the web; these are interactive fun trivia that creates a quiz like approach. Else, you may also create a separate database comprising the names of the countries and fill up the names of the capitals you remember. However, don’t expect scoring more than 25% right at first go. Keep practicing till you perfect it.

Or, you may divide the world on the basis of continents and/or regions. For example, let’s take Europe. Create a table with the following columns:

  • The defining borders.
  • The countries.
  • Nearby islands.
  • Surrounding water bodies (oceans, seas, bays and the likes).

That way, you shall be taking a broader approach towards learning. However, if you could create pairs with the first three letters (India – Ind; New Delhi – NewD), it shall become much easier recalling when needed.

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About the Author: Darlene Aronson holds a degree in English literature and is a college teacher in Texas, USA. She likes to help others by sharing her experiences in education and training field. She has written for many blogs as well as local magazines.

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