Saturday, December 25, 2010

Increase your memory with numbers using phoenics and memory pegs

I first come across the phonetic number system, also known as the Mnemonic major system a few years ago at my Son's Shichida class. Kids at 3 years old need to memorize a list of 1-100 number pegs. I was curious then about how the purpose of the exercise and how the pegs were created. It was not till a colleague lent me a copy of  Adam Khoo's "I am gifted, so are you!" that the mystery is solve. The number pegs are actually derive from a system that was created 300 years ago!

This simple system basically associate a number with one or more consonants. A popular one is illustrate below:

Numeral Associated Consonants Mnemonic / Reason
0 s, z, soft c "z" is the first letter of zero. The other letters have a similar sound.
1 d, t d & t have one down stroke and sound similar (some variant systems include "th")
2 n n has two down strokes
3 m M has three down strokes and looks like a "3" on its side
4 r last letter of four, also 4 and R are almost mirror images of each other
5 l L is the Roman Numeral for 50
6 j, sh, soft "ch", dg, zh, soft "g" a script j has a lower loop / g is almost a 6 flipped over
7 k, hard c, hard g, hard "ch", q, qu capital K "contains" two sevens
8 ph, f, v script f resembles a figure-8. V sounds similar. (some variant systems include th)
9 b, p p is a mirror-image 9. b sounds similar and resembles a 9 rolled around

Souce: Wikipedia
 Upon memorising the number and the sound, a peg can be created. i.e. images that is peg to the number.

Examples of images you can create in your mind :
1 can be peg to "tie" or "toe" ,  (create a pictur of tie in your mind)
9 can be peg to "
bee" or "pie"
91 can be peg to "

The next step is to create your own pegs for 1- 100 and use them to help you create visual image when memorising numbers, formulaes, dates etc

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