Most of us do fear numbers – especially when we have a responsibility of remembering them. As a student, you have to remember several dates, values of constants in physics, statistical data and other such numerical data.

In your adult life, you also have a requirement of remembering a lot of other numbers like the telephone numbers, bank account numbers, pin numbers and host of others.

Usually, no one really remembers those numbers; they only store them in pocket notebooks, data banks, computers and many other storage devices. Yes! No one remembers them, because we do not really know that all those and even many more numbers can be stored in the most versatile, always easy to access storage device – the brain.

Why is it difficult to remember numbers and statistical data? The simple answer is numbers do not have a meaning. Also, you usually can’t visualise numbers.

If you cannot visualize, It is difficult to remember

Now, with the help of The Ultimate System, you can easily visualize numbers.

If we can do something to give some kind of a meaning to numbers and can conjure up a mental image of numbers we want to remember, life would be easier. By doing this you remember all the numbers that we need in a lifetime! Yes, it would be child’s play.

If we can do something to give some kind of a meaning to numbers and can conjure up a mental image of numbers we want to remember, life would be easier. By doing this you remember all the numbers that we need in a lifetime! Yes, it would be child’s play.

Now let us proceed to a methodology of giving meaning to numbers with a view to finally create images to those numbers. I will do this in stages.

Stage 1 – Assigning sounds to numbers

Let us assign all the 10 digits in the number system viz., 0 to 9 certain consonant sounds. Here goes the list. I call it the Ultimate System, because this really is the ultimate way to memorise numbers!

THE ULTIMATE SYSTEM

0 – Sa, Za
1 – Ja, Sha, Cha
2 – Ta, Da
3 – Ra
4 – Fa, Va

5 – Ka, Ga
6 – Pa, Ba
7 – La
8 – Ma
9 – Na

It is evident that in the above list, on the left hand side, I have taken all the digits available to us in the number system. But what are the sounds on the right side? These sounds are all the basic consonant sounds that go into making any language.

You name a language – English, Russian, French, Hindi, Mandarin – or any other of your choice, the language consists of only the above basic consonant sounds.

Please note that there are other memory systems which assign different sounds to numbers like 1=T,D 2=N and so on….

Important

Please note that in The Ultimate System, there are only consonant sounds. The following sounds have no place in the Ultimate System:

a, e, i, o, u (The vowel sounds)
Ha, Ya (soft consonant sound

The following 7 sounds are not associated with any digit in The Ultimate System.

a,e,i,o,u, Ha, Ya

Stage 2 – Explanation of the sounds

If you see some numbers are assigned only a single sound whereas other numbers are assigned 2 (or 3) sounds. Why is it so? All the consonant sounds are classified depending on the sounds.

I will give you an example

1 – Ja, Sha, Cha

Say the above sounds out loud. Do you see any similarity in the above sounds? Just observe the way your tongue and lips move while making these sounds. You will observe that the body of the tongue will be pressed against the palate (roof of mouth). This is why these sounds are called as Palatal consonants.

2 – Ta, da

Say them out loud. The tongue pushes off to the front of the mouth while you need to curl it back to touch the palate.

Similarly you will find some common relation among the clusters of sounds assigned to different numbers.

Different variations of the sounds:
Let us take 8 – Ma to explain this.
There are so many variations of saying Ma. Like:
Ma, mi, me, mo, mu, my etc.
In all the above sounds, the basic sound in them is ma. Please note that 8 represents all the above variations of ma.

Stage 3 – Remembering the sounds.

Now you need to remember which number is assigned what sounds. How much will it take for you to learn all the sounds associated with the 10 digits. Not much, if you try to somehow link the digits with the sounds.

Stage 4 – Practice Exercise And Recall Test

It will be very useful to remember the sounds and practice recall before moving ahead.

Stage 5 – Converting numbers into images

Using The Ultimate System, you can convert any number that you want to memorise into a word and therefore Visualise it. Let us now try a few numbers consisting of 2 or 3 digits.

87 – We have the sounds Ma (for 8) and La (for 7). Combine these two sounds in the same sequence. Insert any number of vowel sounds at any place, as you may need them. Now, you will be able to create some words that represent 87.

Some of the words are:

MaiL
MiLe
MaLL
MiLL
MiLo
Mole
Mule
MeaL
MaLe

Applications of The Ultimate System.

Any numerical data such as:

Phone numbers
Passport numbers
Statistical Data
20, 30 or even 100 digit numbers (see Ultimate Anchors in the section Memory Anchors)