MAJOR SYSTEM RULES

This is a simple list of the rules for the Major System that I used to learn it within Anki. 

You can copy and paste below into your own spreadsheet, or you can download the csv file or the Anki deck. 

 

 

Number Rule
0 s, z, soft c = z is the first letter of zero. The other letters have a similar sound.
1 t, d = t & d have one downstroke and sound similar (some variant systems include "th")
2 n = n has two downstrokes
3 m = M has three downstrokes and looks like a "3" on its side
4 r = last letter of four, also 4 and R are almost mirror images of each other
5 l = L is the Roman Numeral for 50
6 j, sh, soft g, soft "ch" = a script j has a lower loop / g is almost a 6 rotated
7 k, hard c, hard g, hard "ch", q, qu = capital K "contains" two sevens (some variant systems include "ng")
8 f, v = script f resembles a figure-8. V sounds similar.
9 p, b = p is a mirror-image 9. b sounds similar and resembles a 9 rolled around
Unassigned Vowel sounds, w,h,y,x = These can be used anywhere without changing a word's number value

 

Google Sheets

Do you want to see the Google Sheet that I used to create this list on this page? You can use it for reference or can copy it to your own personal Drive. Also, many of my Google Sheets files have more than one tab of information. Click the image to the right.

Anki Version

Do you use Anki? If so, you may be interested in the Anki version of this list that I used. Almost all of my Anki decks come with images and are ready-to-use out-of-the-box. Click the image to the right.