Memorize numbers via the Count system

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The Count system explained

The count system is a strong mnemonic systems to easily remember numbers. The method is less powerful than the Major system, but it is far more easy to learn. The idea: you remember a phrase. For every word in the sentence you count the number of letters. You write down the last digit. And voila, there is the encoded number.

Simple Count system example

As an example, we will transform the sentence The Fellowship of the Ring with the count system.

  • The - counts 3 letters
  • Fellowship - counts 10 letters, last digit: 0
  • of - counts 2 letters
  • the - counts 3 letters
  • Ring - counts 4 letters

So, The Fellowship of the Ring will correspond with the number 30234 When you need to remember the number 30234, it is sufficient to memorize the title The Fellowship of the Ring.

Extensive Count system example

As a second example, let's transform the famous quote by Karl Marx: Religion is the opiate of the people using the count system.

  • Religion - 8
  • is - 2
  • the - 3
  • opiate - 6
  • of - 2
  • the - 3
  • people - 6

So, Religion is the opiate of the people will correspond with the number 8236236 When you need to memorize the number 8236236, it is sufficient to memorize the quote Religion is the opiate of the people.

Other direction

We have just seen that it is fairly easy to map a phrase to a number. However, when looking for a mnemonic on how to memorize a particular number we need to perform the count system in the other direction.

This is not an easy task, but luckily we have a free, online remembering tool to help us finding the right phrase: Rememberg.com.

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