Phonetic Mnemonic System

Updated 2008-03-17 23:24

About the Phonetic Mnemonic System

The Phonetic Mnemonic System (also known as the Major System or the Phonetic Number System) is a mnemonic technique that will greatly improve your ability to effortlessly remember and recall practically any amount of information, fact, formulas, numbers, dates, etc. The method works by converting numbers into consonant sounds, then adding vowels to create meaningful words. Since words are more easily remembered than numbers, your ability to memorize is greatly enhanced.

The Code

The code consists of each digit, zero through nine, and its associated sound. The vowels a, e, i, o, u and letters h, w, and y, are not associated with any numbers. Instead, they are used as "fillers" in combination with the consonant sounds to create meaningful words.
NumberAssociated Sound(s)
0s, z, soft c
1d, t
6j, sh, soft ch, dg, soft g
7k, hard ch, hard c, hard g, qu
8f, v
9b, p

How to Use the Phonetic Mnemonic System

Now that you have memorized the code, you can use it to convert any number into words. For example, suppose you want to remember the following string of numbers: 6910262. Using the code, this translates to the following sounds: sh, p, d, s, n, sh, n. Just add in the vowels and create some meaningful words: Shaped Sunshine. This method works very well for memorizing phone numbers, dates, social security numbers, and any long string of numbers.


For more information on how to use the Phonetic Mnemonic System, see the following Wikipedia article.