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Consonant Vowel Consonant (and Beyond)

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I got thinking about learning 3 letter combinations: AAA-ZZZ; but then I thought that what people most want are consonant vowel consonant 3 letter combinations since so many words start with that pattern. Eg. CON for 'concentrate', 'continue' but CNO or NCO would be less useful a 3 letter combination to know as a memory image.

But then I thought that, when I attempt shorthand, I sometimes remove vowels from a word and write a few consonants as a quick way to write a word. Eg. WRT rather than 'WRiTe'; or CNC as a prompt for 'CoNCentrate'.

So a system for memorising 3 characters, in general, would be useful; but it would be huge.

I played with the idea of giving the 1000 cartoon men and 1000 cartoon women three letter first names; that way, in a lot of situations, a three letter spelling can be represented by one image. If a three letter combination is not in those systems then you need another approach.

eg. Having a system of AA-ZZ images; and adding an A-Z image just after the AA-ZZ image. Eg. CBA would be "CB" image followed by "A" image.


Then I thought about cartoon robot images where the colour, head type, eyes type and body type would be based on the 3 letters I want to represent; and I also though tabout using the robot approach to make 4 letter robot images somewhere between AAAA and ZZZZ: The eyes of the 4 letter robots would be blue (colour chart colour '27/Q') and the eyes of the 3 letter robots would be white (colour chart colour '10/B'); and the colouring in of their mouths would be different too so that I could quickly visualise a robot and know that it represents a 3 letter spelling or a 4 letter spelling.

M I K E is spelled because it is the M colour, the I head/mouth, the K eyes and the E body. A 3 letter word would also have these physical features but the body type would not represent a letter: it would just add variety. If the word is MIK then I could derive a colour from the enumerated position of M, I and K in the alphabet and dividing by 26: M = 13th letter of alphabet, I = 9th letter, K = 11th letter; 13+9+11 = 33; 33 divided by 26 has left over 7. So use the 7th body image: Body G.


3 letter words - heads


4 letter words - heads


Eyes for 3 letter robots:


Eyes for 4 letter robots:


Bodies:


An example of usage: I could turn the first 4 letters of an event in history into a robot drawing; and then imagine the robot as a narrator talking about the historical event.


The 3 letter word robot could become a 4 letter word robot if you add a reflexive action to it:

4th Letter Action
A Affirmative nod
E Electric sparks from the head
I Torso spin 360 degrees
O Oscillation side to side of hips
U Head spin 360 degrees
L Shoulders shudder in a shrug motion
N Neck bends to the side and back upright
R Hands spin around at the wrists
S Steam emits from the head
T Wrists extend a hand's length and back again
Other Neck extends a neck's length and back again

So if the robot itself represents POL, the 'I' reflexive action would make it represent POLI. If the action is 'Other' (brief neck extension) then deduce that the POL is followed by a letter not already listed such as Y, T, V.

Similarly, the reflexive actions could help a 4 letter robot to represent 5 letters; or the reflexive action might be a way to distinguish ideas that are spelled the same. Eg. 2 people named Mike (MIKE) would be represented by pretty much the same robot image but its reflexive actions would be different.


Note: I wrote other articles about representing spellings of three letters. Eg. The Music Spelling article, the Taxi Driver article and the Foreign Language article.


5000 People System as 3 Letter Spellings

The 5000 People System involves one of 50 syllables followed by one of 100 syllables to spell a unique word: the name of the person. And that represents 4 letters that can be handy if trying to memorise a word that begins 'BABU': you can imagine the person BABU in a story scene to represent the concept. The 100 syllables are the same 100 syllables used throughout this course. Eg. See the 'People from 00 to 99' article. In the 5000 people system, the first 50 of those syllables are used in the first part of a name and then one of the 100 syllables is used in the second part of the name.

But you could instead use 50 single letters as the start of the person's name: A(1), B(1), C(1) all the way to Y(1); and then A(2), B(2), .... all the way to Y(2). Then the next part of the person's name can be one of 100 choices: A(1), B(1), C(1) to Y(1), A(2), B(2), C(2) to Y(2), A(3), B(3), C(3) to Y(3), A(4), B(4), C(4) to Y(4).

So now, a three letter word can have its first two letters represented definitively and then its third letter is related to the bracketed numbers. Eg. CAB might be C(1), A(1) and then the fact that there is a '1 then a 1' might imply A/B/C as the final letter; whereas C(1), A(2) might imply CA followed by a letter within D/E/F.

Developing this idea, I might not stick to A/B/C but choose different letter choices based on one commonly used letter and some lesser used letters.

Set 50 Set Second Syllable set of 25 Choice of Letters
1 Normal First 50 1 AXY
2 Add 50 to Reach the Next 50 Syllables 2 DEF
3 Normal First 50 3 BGHI
4 Add 50 to Reach the Next 50 Syllables 4 JKLW
5 Normal First 50 1 SOZ
6 Add 50 to Reach the Next 50 Syllables 2 PQR
7 Normal First 50 3 MTU
8 Add 50 to Reach the Next 50 Syllables 4 CNV

Digits Usually Syllable 1 But List Alphabet Sets from A to Y Set
0 BO A 1
1 BI B 1
2 BA C 1
3 BE D 1
4 BU E 1
5 CHO F 1
6 CHI G 1
7 CHA H 1
8 CHE I 1
9 CHU J 1
10 DO K 1
11 DI L 1
12 DA M 1
13 DE N 1
14 DU O 1
15 FO P 1
16 FI Q 1
17 FA R 1
18 FE S 1
19 FU T 1
20 GO U 1
21 GI V 1
22 GA W 1
23 GE X 1
24 GU Y 1
25 HO A 2
26 HI B 2
27 HA C 2
28 HE D 2
29 HU E 2
30 JO F 2
31 JI G 2
32 JA H 2
33 JE I 2
34 JU J 2
35 KO K 2
36 KI L 2
37 KA M 2
38 KE N 2
39 KU O 2
40 LO P 2
41 LI Q 2
42 LA R 2
43 LE S 2
44 LU T 2
45 MO U 2
46 MI V 2
47 MA W 2
48 ME X 2
49 MU Y 2

Digits Usually Syllable 2 But List Alphabet Sets from A to Y Set Third Letter is one of:
0 BO A 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
1 BI B 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
2 BA C 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
3 BE D 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
4 BU E 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
5 CHO F 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
6 CHI G 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
7 CHA H 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
8 CHE I 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
9 CHU J 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
10 DO K 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
11 DI L 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
12 DA M 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
13 DE N 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
14 DU O 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
15 FO P 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
16 FI Q 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
17 FA R 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
18 FE S 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
19 FU T 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
20 GO U 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
21 GI V 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
22 GA W 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
23 GE X 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
24 GU Y 1 If left syllable is set 1 then AXY; if left syllable is set 2 then SOZ
25 HO A 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
26 HI B 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
27 HA C 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
28 HE D 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
29 HU E 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
30 JO F 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
31 JI G 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
32 JA H 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
33 JE I 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
34 JU J 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
35 KO K 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
36 KI L 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
37 KA M 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
38 KE N 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
39 KU O 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
40 LO P 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
41 LI Q 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
42 LA R 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
43 LE S 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
44 LU T 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
45 MO U 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
46 MI V 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
47 MA W 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
48 ME X 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
49 MU Y 2 If left syllable is set 1 then DEF; if left syllable is set 2 then PQR
50 NO A 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
51 NI B 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
52 NA C 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
53 NE D 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
54 NU E 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
55 PO F 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
56 PI G 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
57 PA H 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
58 PE I 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
59 PU J 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
60 RO K 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
61 RI L 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
62 RA M 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
63 RE N 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
64 RU O 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
65 SO P 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
66 SI Q 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
67 SA R 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
68 SE S 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
69 SU T 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
70 SHO U 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
71 SHI V 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
72 SHA W 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
73 SHE X 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
74 SHU Y 3 If left syllable is set 1 then BGHI; if left syllable is set 2 then MTU
75 TO A 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
76 TI B 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
77 TA C 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
78 TE D 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
79 TU E 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
80 VO F 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
81 VI G 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
82 VA H 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
83 VE I 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
84 VU J 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
85 WO K 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
86 WI L 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
87 WA M 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
88 WE N 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
89 WU O 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
90 YO P 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
91 YI Q 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
92 YA R 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
93 YE S 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
94 YU T 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
95 ZO U 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
96 ZI V 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
97 ZA W 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
98 ZE X 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV
99 ZU Y 4 If left syllable is set 1 then JKLW; if left syllable is set 2 then CNV

In the Actions Colours article, there is more explanation of how you can know that a 5000 person system occurring in a foreign vocabulary scene is meant to be interpreted as being regular 00-49 first syllable or the other type: look 50 places further down the syllable list and assume the name begins with that syllable; or as a Letter, a Letter and a choice of 3 or 4 final third letters.

When the intention is that a 5000 person image is meant to be that Three Letters variety, you could possibly assume that the three letter word is not one of the three letter words that the 1000 Women or 1000 Male systems have already represented. That will help that 3rd choice letter to be deduced more easily, in some cases.