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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.

NumberSpeech sounds (IPA)Associated lettersNotes
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/nn has two downstrokes when written.
3/m/mm has three downstrokes when written.
4/r/r4 and R are nearly mirror images of each other.
5/l/lIn 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 gIf 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, b9 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 soundsh, y, w, a, e, i, o, u, d (as in sludge), t (as in satchel), all silent lettersThese letters/sounds can be used in conjunction with other letters in the system to form easy-to-remember words.