Turn Numbers Into Images: The Major System

The key to any memory system is your ability to turn information into picture images.

In our previous article about the Major System we discussed how you would turn numbers into images.

In this short post, I’m going to give you 10 number images to learn.

Turn numbers into images using the Major System and never forget anything ever again.

The key to any memory system is your ability to turn information into picture images. In this post we’ll discuss how to turn the numbers 0 to 10 into images that you can use to easily remember phone numbers, credit card numbers, birth dates, historical dates and more.

Just remember that it won’t be enough to just read the post, you need to take the numbers and their corresponding images and learn them by heart. You need to be able to read the number and associate the image automatically.

And this takes time and practice.

Number Images 0 – 10

0 = Sea

1 = Tie

2 = Noah

3 = Ma

4 = Ray

5 = Law

6 = Jaw

7 = Key

8 = Foe

9 = Bee

10 = Daz

How to Turn numbers into Images

Using the phonetic system turning numbers into images becomes a simple process.

Numbers 0 -5

For example: 0 = Sea because we substitute S or Z for 0.

1 becomes tie. T or D represent 1.

2 is turned into Noah because N = 2. There are 2 downstrokes to the letter N.

3 is M because there are 3 downstrokes to the letter M.

4 is R. They sound the same.

5 is Law. I use the image of Simon Pegg from the film Hot Fuzz to represent the law purely because it’s a funny image and I can do a lot with it.

Numbers 6 -10

6 = Jaw. I always imagine Desperate Dan’s jaw, from the Dandy comic, complete with bristling beard and complementary cow pie.

7 = Key. I use the image of a skeleton key.

8 = Foe. If you don’t have a nemesis, then feel free to change this to something like Ivy or UFO.

9 = Bee. This one’s obvious.

10 = Daz. I use the image of a box of Daz detergent because I have strong memories of using it growing up but for those of you who didn’t grow up in the UK then perhaps the words Dash or Daze will work for you.

Use what works for you.

You don’t have to use the images provided above. If you wish, create your own images. The key is to use the phonetic system to find a word image that you can remember and use easily.

Play around with the numbers above until you can use them with ease. Don’t worry about learning any more number images until you have the first ten committed to memory.

With only a little bit of practice you will find it a simple thing to turn numbers into images using the major system. It takes effort to learn and memorise the peg images but it’s truly worth it, especially when you combine it with a powerful technique such as the Method of Loci.


Art of Memory

More information about the Major System

The Feynman Technique: Master Your Subject; Elaborate

Known as the “Great Explainer”, Feynman was well regarded for his ability to take complex theories and reduce them to their basic elements.

The Feynman Technique.

The Feynman technique is named after Richard Feynman who used its power to reduce a difficult subject to its essence and then teach it.

Known as the “Great Explainer”, Richard Feynman was well regarded for his ability to take complex theories and reduce them to their basic elements. He believed that to understand a topic, you had to be able to explain that topic. And for the greatest effect, you had to be able to explain the concepts in simple terms, terms that even a 12 or 13-year-old could understand.

The Three Steps to Mastery

  1. Teach

Imagine that you must explain the concept to someone who has no prior knowledge.

Keep your language simple. Avoid jargon and unnecessarily complex wording.

Use metaphor and imagery to describe concepts. Make them as simple as you can.

Show the relationship between ideas and explain them clearly.

  • Revise

After you have gone through the teaching process, check for areas that you couldn’t explain thoroughly. These are the areas that you still don’t fully understand. Revise these areas. Take as much time as you need to ensure that you deep learn the topic.

Then take time to describe the concept or topic to yourself in simple language. Write your explanation out longhand in the simplest terms possible.

  • Teach

Re-imagine that you are once again teaching the subject.

If you are still finding some concepts too difficult to explain, go back to the source material.

If you want a deep understanding of a subject, you must keep going back to the source until you have internalized the subject and are able to explain it in simple terms.

The process is, teach, revise, teach.

Keep doing this and you will master the subject matter.


Knowledge is a powerful tool, but in today’s society, we are all too often guilty of “Googling” our information. The problem with this is that we never deep learn any subject and are not capable of passing knowledge to anyone.

As such it’s important to remember that using something like the Feynman technique to enhance our learning, is not only useful but also important. One day we might wake up and find that we can’t access google.

Knowledge is only useful if we can access it. And explain it.



Farnham Street

Article about Richard Feynman’s learning technique.


Check out this YouTube video explaining Feynman’s technique.