This table lists the phonetic pairings and associated letters in the Major Mnemonic System, which can be used to easily memorize any number. This page is a work-in-progress; soon, I’ll add more examples and details – including some of the tweaks I’ve made to the system for my own uses.
|Number||Speech sounds (IPA)||Associated letters||Notes|
|0||/s/, /z/||s, z, soft c (as in cereal), x (as in xylophone)||Zero begins with Z. Other letters sound similar when spoken.|
|1||/t/, /d/,||t, d, th (as in Thor)||t and d each have one downstroke, and sound similar when voiced.|
|2||/n/||n||n has two downstrokes when written.|
|3||/m/||m||m has three downstrokes when written.|
|4||/r/||r||4 and R are nearly mirror images of each other.
|5||/l/||l||In the Roman numeral system, L represents 50.|
|6||/tʃ/, /dʒ/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/||ch (as in chess), soft g, j, sh, c (as in cello), s (as in issue)||j has a curve near the bottom, like 6 does. Also, uppercase G looks like a 6 flipped. I use the former mnemonic myself.|
|7||/k/, /g/||k, hard c, ch (as in loch), q, hard g||If you take two 7's, put them back-to-back, and turn the combination 90 degrees, it looks like a K.|
|8||/v/, /f/||f, v, ph (as in Phil), gh (as in laugh)
||I associate V with "V8". F sounds like V when spoken.|
|9||/p/, /b/||p, b||9 rotated 180 degrees looks like b. 9 flipped horizontally looks like p. P and B sound similar when spoken.|
|Unassigned to numbers||/h/, /j/, /w/, all vowel sounds||h, y, w, a, e, i, o, u, d (as in sludge), t (as in satchel), all silent letters||These letters/sounds can be used in conjunction with other letters in the system to form easy-to-remember words.|