There’s a centuries-old system that I first learned years ago from The Memory Book by memory experts Jerry Lucas and Harry Lorayne that explained the phonetic system for remembering numbers. Each number is associated with a phonetic sound as follows:
0 – s or z
1 – t or d
2 – n
3 – m
4 – r
5 – L
6 – j or ch or sh
7 – k or g (hard)
8 – f or v
9 – p or b
For example, this system could help you remember your PIN 1415 by imagining a TuRTLe (phonetic code for the number 1415) standing at your ATM withdrawing money. It’s easier to remember images and words than numbers.
A free Great Courses video on the web by Arthur Benjamin of Harvey Mudd College teaches this system and gives many examples of its uses: Remembering Numbers video lecture.
Soli Deo Gloria.
©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith” (Jude 1:3)
Saturday September 10, 2011 A.D.
Read my September 2011 newspaper column:
Adam’s Mythical Diary 4.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)