(It is recommended that you read the posts “Remembering Numbers,” “More on Remembering Numbers,” and “Three Digit Numbers,” before proceeding with this post.

There will be times, and you have probably encountered them already, when it is difficult to develop reasonable words using just the consonants. Jerry Lucas, the former Ohio State University All America and Hall of Fame basketball player, is an accomplished mnemonist who has written many good books, as well as training courses, on learning and memory improvement. One of them is *Learning How to Learn*^{1} He calls the memory consonant system used in previous blog postings the one sound method. He has developed another technique, the one word method, not to replace the one sound method, but rather to supplement it when it is difficult developing mnemonics to the consonants available for a given number. In the one word method, the same consonants are used, but the only the first consonant in a given word is used. Consider the following number:

208117111889

Here is a recoding using the one word technique.

Now iS THe Time To Come To The aiD oF The Party.

Now consider this number:

1942198087

And a recoding using the one word technique.

To Be oR Not To Be That iS The Question

or

8021589

and a recoding using the one word technique

THere iS No Time Like The Present.

Of course the two techniques can be combined as the problems presented by the number dictate.

Consider the following number

4307699

And a recoding using a combination of the one sound and one word techniques

RaMS Can’t Jump Big Pigs

So here 430 was recoded by the one sound technique and the remainder of the number by the one word technique.

Now consider

5039051

LeaSe Me Before Someone Else Does

So 503 is recoded using the one sound method and the remainder of the number by the one word method.

And here’s another

5718303

Let’s Go To The MuSeuM

Now here the first four digits are recoded using the one word method and the remainder using the one sound method.

From now on, feel free to use both techniques.

Let’s try some five digit numbers now

It is good to try your own recodings before looking at the possible recodings.

41946

10553

99477

32195

27335

Here are some possible recodings

41946 raT BRuSH (a rat brushing himself)

10553 TuSSLe LaMb (a lamb in a fight)

99477 BoB ReGGae (Some guy named Bob doing the reggae)

32195 MooN DouBLe (two moons)

27335 MuG MoMMa Law (momma testifying to a judge about being mugged)

Now for some six digit numbers

246802

200201

296621

939766

844764

Here are some possible recodings:

246802 hoNoR SHaVe sun (a judge shaving the sun)

200201 Noah SeeS hoNeSTy

296621 NaP CHoo CHoo NeT (a train taking a nap in a net)

939766 BuM BaG CHoo CHoo (a bum with a bag on a train)

844764 FiRe RuG CHaiR (a rug and chair are burning)

Now for some seven digit numbers

7487337

9720454

9720386

Here are some possible recodings

7487337 CaR RaCK MoMMa Cow

972454 BaG iN SouR LaiR

9720386 Big Nose Move SHoe

If you can handle seven digit numbers, then you can remember phone numbers less the area codes.

Now for some eight digit numbers

19461492

22429131

50293450

63027120

78902134

85673022

And here are some possible recodings.

19461492 TuB RoaCH TiRe PiN

22429131 NaNNy RaiN BaT MuT

50293450 LiCe MaP MaRe LooSe

63027120 JaM SuN CaT NoSe

78902134 CalF BooZe NighT MaRe

85673022 ViLe SHaKe MooSe NuN

Often, before I resort to this recoding technique, I look for any meaning inherent in the number. For example for 19461492, I would recode it by the year of my birth,1946 and the year Columbus sailed the ocean blue 1492. The consonant sound systems provide a fall back technique when there is no inherent meaning.

Now for some nine digit numbers

134498919

324457890

464856789

585450220

693279044

747254321

889122020

Here are some possible recodings

134498919 DaM RoweR PaVe BeD Bee

324457890 MiNoR RiLe CalF BooZe

464756789 RaSH RaKe LaTCH FoP

585450220 LauGH LuRe LiCe NuNS

693279044 SHiP MaN CaPS RoweR

747254321 CaR CaN LuRe MeN Die

889122020 FiFi BaT NuNS NoSe

As was mentioned previously, the first step can be to look for personal meaning in the numbers. For 747254321 above, I could have recoded it as the year (last 2) I finished my Ph.D., the year (last 2) I finished my Masters Degree, then to count down from 5.

Now here are some ten digit numbers.

0287591313

1345980217

2738598211

3585903510

4211980221

5877352120

6410948296

7686430910

And here are some possible recodings.

0287591313 SuN MuG LaP ToM ToM

1345980217 ToMb RaiL BeeF SuN DoCK

2738598211 NeCK MoVie LaP MaN ToT

3585903510 MaLe FaiL BooZe MaiL DoZe

4211980221 RuN ToT TouGH SuN NeT

5877352120 LoVe Coo Coo MaiL MaT MooSe

6410948296 SHaRe TieS BeeR MeN BuSH

7686430910 CaSH fiSH RuM SouP TieS

Once you’ve mastered ten digit numbers, now you can handle phone number to include the area codes.

Now for some 11 digit numbers

19834589020

33941127820

53859123998

Here are some possible recodings.

19834589020 TuB FoaM RoLL SoNS

33941127820 MuMMy BeeR RaiDeD NeCK FaNS

53859123998 LooM VeiL BuTToN MaP BeeF

Twelve digit numbers

298764529874

697234902210

821309567841

029913434571

And their possible recodings.

298764529874 NaP FiG CHaiR LioN BuFF CaR

697234902210 SHiP CaN MooR BooZe NuN ToeS

821309567841 ViNe TiMe SouP LuSH CalF RaT

029913434571 SoN Boo Boo duMb RuM RiLe CaT

Thirteen digits

1357982441123

5012897843291

765732143592

And possible recodings

1357982441123 DuMb LuCK BeeF NeaR RaT TiN Ma

5012897843291 Louse TiN FoP CalF RaM KNee BooT

7657321435921 CaSH FiG MaN TouR MaiL BiN NeT

fourteen digits

22428917312250

66223904678123

02913221471121

And possible recodings

22428917312250 NuN RaN iVy BiTTeN NaiLS

66223904678123 CHoo CHoo NooN MaPS RoaCH CalF FooT NuMb

02913221471121 SuN BooT MoNey GNoT Tie DiNNeTTe

fifteen digits

166289123422178

332178934567012

545658213131332

994433891221345

and possible recodings

166289123422178 TuSH CHiN CalF BooT NaMe ReigN GoaT CaVe

332178934567012 MuMMy GNaT CaVe BooMeR LuSH CaSe DoNe

545658213131332 LuRe LuSH LiVe FaN DiMe ToMb TiMe MeN

994433891221345 Boo Boo RoWeR MuMMy FiBBeD NuN TiMe RaiL

Now you’re to the point where you can handle some credit card numbers.

sixteen digits

4973568902120034

6490345782341229

8292785437212102

and possible recodings

4973568902120034 RoPe CoMb LaSH FiBS NeT NoSe SuMMeR

6490345782341229 SHaRe BooZe MoweR RaKe FuN MaRe TiN kNoB

8292785437212102 FuN BooN CalF LuRe MuG NeT kNoTS Noah

Now you should be able to handle most credit card numbers.

We shall go no further here. If you want to make it to 79 digits, as the student at the beginning of this chapter did, or memorize pi to 100,00 decimal places or more, you are now on your own.

[1] Lucas, J.(2001). *Learning How to Learn*. Dallas: Lucas Educational Systems

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