^Tutorial 18 - Learning The 52 Card Words\
As stated in the Introduction, playing cards are difficult to remember
because they are |intangible\. The system you are about to learn is based
on having each card in the deck represented by a tangible item, >which can
easily be pictured\.
The system is in fact an extension of the system you have already learned
to help you remember numbers. You will be taught a >Card Word\ for each
of the 52 cards. The Card Words follow a definite phonetic pattern (remember
the Phonetic Alphabet ?), and are easy to learn. Each of the Card Words is an
item which can easily be pictured, and hence associated to other items.
The phonetic pattern used is very simple. The Card Word for each card will
begin with either C,D,H,S, for Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades. The next
>H\ for >H\earts, and the next consonant sound in the word is >m\, for 3.
The word (and also picture) >cake\ must represent the 7C. It begins with a
>C\, for >Clubs\, and the next phonetic sound is >k\, for 7. Similarly,
the <9S\ is >soap\, and
Once you understand the pattern, there are no choices or decisions to make.
Before proceeding any further, make sure you understand the examples given
Now, before presenting you with the full list of 52 Card Words to learn,
here are some further rules about the Phonetic Pattern used.
The |s\ sound will always be used to represent the four |10\ cards - i.e.
10C, 10D, 10H, 10S. Since there is no zero of any suit, this fits in nicely
with the pattern. The |Aces\ are simply counted as |1\ - e.g. the AD (Ace of
Diamonds) will always be represented by the Card Word |date\.
The ^Court Cards\ Jack, Queen, and King are treated as numbers 11, 12 and 13
respectively. So the QC (Queen of Clubs) will always be represented by the
word |cotton\ - |c\ for clubs, |tt\ for 1 (the first digit of 12), and |n\
for 2 (the second digit of 12).#
Similarly, |satan\ will always represent the QS (Queen of Spades), and
|hooded\ will be the Card Word for the JH (Jack of Hearts).
As with the Peg Words, you will need to form a definite mental picture for
each Card Word, and learn the words so well that every time you see, say,
the Jack of Hearts in a deck of cards, you will instantly see a mental
picture of a |hooded\ man. Once again, the mental pictures you form are
entirely up you - the important thing is that you should be able to see each
picture |clearly\, and be able to conjure up the picture instantly.
On the next page is a list of the 52 Card Words for you to learn thoroughly.
To obtain a hard copy of the list, print the file 'CARDS.LST' on the Memory
Master disk. Because the words follow a definite pattern, they are much
easier to learn than you think. Take some time now to learn them thoroughly
- you will find them just as effective an aid for remembering Playing Cards
as the Peg Words are for remembering numbers.
As you learn each Card Word, fix on a definite mental picture for that word
and stick to that same picture every time. We could give you suggestions for
the mental pictures, but you will be aware by now that this removes your
^Initial Awareness\ - it is much better if you form your own, vivid mental
images for the words.#
Here is the complete list of 52 Card Words :
Clubs Diamonds Hearts Spades
----- -------- ------ ------
AC - Cute AD - Date AH - Hat AS - Suit
2C - Can 2D - Dune 2H - Hen 2S - Sun
3C - Come 3D - Dame 3H - Home 3S - Sum
4C - Core 4D - Door 4H - Hair 4S - Sore
5C - Cool 5D - Duel 5H - Hole 5S - Sail
6C - Cash 6D - Dash 6H - Hash 6S - Sash
7C - Coke 7D - Deck 7H - Hog 7S - Sock
8C - Cuff 8D - Dive 8H - Hoof 8S - Safe
9C - Cap 9D - Dip 9H - Hoop 9S - Soap
10C - Case 10D - Daze 10H - Hose 10S - Suds
JC - Cadet JD - Dotted JH - Hooded JS - Steed
QC - Cotton QD - Detain QH - Hoe Down QS - Satan
KC - Cut Me KD - Dead Ham KH - Hit Me KS - Steam
Take some time right now to learn them as thorougly as you learned the Peg
Words. Remember that the phonetic pattern almost >tells\ you what the word
for each card is. When you think you are ready to test yourself on the Card
Words, press Page Down.~