Once you are familiar with AlphabetSystems
, you can perform some amazing feats.
Knowing The Location of Each Letter
If you ask someone whether they know the alphabet, chances are that they will answer, "yes." This usually only means that they know which letters come before and after which other letters. If you were to ask these same people which letter is the 14th, the 8th or the 20th letter of the alphabet, you'll probably only get a blank stare. This feat will help you know where each letter is located precisely in the alphabet.
"EJOTY" is a nonsense word coined by magician Stewart James. It is simply a mnemonic consisting of the 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th and 25th letters of the alphabet. From here, it's easy to work out the location for any given letter, or the letter for any given location.
To figure out the 8th letter of the alphabet, simply start at the 10th letter, J, and work backward two letters. Two letters before J is H, so H is the 8th letter of the alphabet. To figure out which letter of the alphabet S is, remember that the letter T is the 20th letter of the alphabet. Since S is one letter before T, S must be the 19th letter of the alphabet.
Since the EJOTY mnemonic covers letters only 5 letters apart, you'll never have to move more than 2 letters ahead or back to determine the needed letter or position.
Number System Method
If you use either the MajorSystem
, you can learn to recall the letters and their position instantaneously.
Simply link each letter image that you learned from AlphabetSystems, with the appropriate number image from your established MajorSystem or DominicSystem links.
If you learned the Letter Shape alphabet system, and the MajorSystem for numbers, you would link "geometric compass" (A) to "tie" (1), and so on, all the way to "folding ruler" (Z) to "notch" (26).
If you learned the Letter Sound alphabet system, and the DominicSystem for numbers, you would link "ape" (A) to your image for "OA" (1), and continue through to "zebra" (Z), which would be linked to your image for "BS" (26).