I guess I'm the kind of guy that understands and learns in this way better than seeing visual cheatsheets or long-winded reference pages. Up until now I've just been remembering particular sets of vim commands but this will really make me a lot more productive I'm sure. :)
Perhaps it helps to remember more easily if one already knows and uses all the basic commands. Personaly I don't use vim all the time and have trouble keeping a good mental model of the different commands behaviour depending on the state of the document.
Telling me "hey, y is not some command acting against a state, it is a verb, just use it with nouns like you use verbs!" is just counterproductive.
completely off-topic, but I had a hard time to visualize how it is to "giggle like a girl". Even googling and youtubing left me puzzling at the exact way to giggle you wanted to express. It is kind of fun and curious.
PS: responded to this post for the OT bit. not that it was a direct reply.
I guess I have been doing this naturally for years and didn’t realize it till just now. It’s almost a telepathic connection; just think the word and the computer responds.
This doesn't exactly work for everything though... I'm still having trouble remembering movement keys (still using the arrow keys instead of hjkl...).
As for remembering them, left and right are on the outside, and 'j' kind of looks like a down arrow (that's how I distinguish j from k)
Strangely, it was Google+ that got me interested in hjkl, or at least J and K for moving up and down. In the Dvorak layout, J and K are where C and V are in QWERTY, so they're still pretty convenient to reach for.