Skip to content

Major Mnemonic System Reference

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.