9 The Alphabet System

The Alphabet System is the final Peg System and is similar in construction to the Number-Shape and Number-Rhyme Systems, the only difference being that, instead of using numbers, it uses the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. As with all the other memory systems, the Basic Memory Principles apply. The rules for constructing your Alphabet Memory System are simple; they are as follows: you select a Key Memory Image Word that starts with the sound of the letter and is easily memorised. Ifyou think of several possibilities for a letter, use the one that comes first in the dictionary. For example, for the letter L it would be possible to use elastic, elegy, elephant, elbow, elm, etc. If you were looking up these words in the dictionary, the first one you would come to would be elastic, and that is therefore the word you would select for your Alphabet System. The reason for this rule is that if you should ever forget your Alphabet Key Image Word, you can mentally flick through the letters of the alphabet in order, rapidly arriving at the correct word. In the example given, if you had forgotten your Alphabet System image for the letter L, you would try ela and would immediately be able to recall your Key Image Word, elastic.

Another rule in the construction of your Alphabet System is that if the letter itself makes a word (for example I makes the word eye, and J makes the word jay, the bird), then that word should be used. In some cases, it is possible to use meaningful initials instead of complete words - for example, UN.

On page 67 are listed the letters of the alphabet. Paying close attention to the now-familiar rules for constructing a system, pencil in your own Alphabet System Image Words.

Letter A


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