for the past 15 years or so I have spend the first week of my summer vacation trying out a new system for numbers (some were number shape based, others using numbers as letters). The reason I always give up on the system after a week or less is because my translation speed is just not improving enough to make the system magical; the best result I ever had was 100 digits in 2 minutes.
I think I found a solution to the translation speed.
Like with many other systems I translate numbers into letters:
0=o, 1=i, 2=n, 3=m,4=k, 5=s, 6=b, 7=t, 8=f, 9=g
Unlike any other system that I know, I don’t make words that are “real”. I simply pronounce the numbers using simple rules of pronounciation:
- 2 digit numbers with 0 or 1 are pronounced as they are, for example 17=it (clown form movie).
- other 2 digit numbers get an “a” in between the numbers, for example 45=kas
- twin numbers like 22, 33, 44 are pronounced with an oe-sound (like in shoe), for example 22=noe,
33 =moe, 44= koe ; this provides important variation in sounds.
- 00 and 11 are pronounced as poe and loe (like Lou Ferrigno alias the Hulk) for practical reasons.
Suprisingly, a lot of “words” are real words in a language that I know (I speak dutch, englisch, german and a tiny bit spanish), the other “words” sound so similar to real words, that it is absolutely no problem to associate an object (or person) with it.
After 30 minutes of training I was able to translate 2 digits numbers faster than I have ever been able to do with any other system I tried.
The most magical part of this system, is that after 1 day of training I could look at a 10 digit number for 1 second and memorise it using my working memory, simply by pronouncing it like it’s the name of a foreign football player. With my eyes closed I can translate the sounds in the 5 objects with no effort
4533441690 = kasmoekoe ibgo
7712674491 = toein batkoegi
0632552199 = obman soenigoe
4201667451 = kanoi boetaksi
0900231141 = ogpoe namloeki
I made this system a couple of days ago, so I don’t know ho far I will go in terms of actually memorising numbers with a memorypalace (my palace is not very good yet).
So, what do you thinks about this system?