Morse code mnemonics

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Disadvantages and advantages in studying Morse code using mnemonics[edit]

Although people can learn a mnemonic table quickly, mnemonics alone will not give anyone fluency in sending, hearing and decoding Morse code at a practical speed. There are other methods to learn Morse code more slowly but more carefully and methodically, such as the Koch method, which would serve a serious student better in the long run.[citation needed]

However, because associating letters and numbers with audible "dits" and "dahs" can be difficult, some people[who?] have developed mnemonics to help remember the Morse code equivalent of characters. Just as many different mnemonics can be created for any one subject matter, not one of the mnemonics below is the definitive mnemonic for Morse code.[citation needed]

Disclaimer[edit]

These mnemonics are not standardized in any way. They have been created by some Wikipedia users as original work, and they are not considered a standard way to learn or use Morse code. The NATO phonetic alphabet, on the other hand, is standardized and widely used. As noted elsewhere, use of the mnemonics may impede learning to use Morse code effectively.

Cross-linguistic[edit]

Visual Mnemonic[edit]


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Other visual mnemonic systems have been created for Morse code, mapping the elements of the Morse code characters onto pictures for easy memorization. For instance, "R" (· — ·) might be represented as a "racecar" seen in a profile view, with the two wheels of the racecar being the dits and the body being the dah.

English[edit]

Syllabic mnemonics[edit]

Syllabic mnemonics are based on the principle of associating a word or phrase to each Morse code letter, with stressed syllables standing for a dah and unstressed ones for a dit. There is no well-known complete set of syllabic mnemonics for English, but various mnemonics do exist for individual letters.

Letter Morse Code Mnemonic
A ·- al-FA,
al-THOUGH,
a-GAIN,
a-JAR
or
a-PART
B -··· BE a good boy,
BOB is the man
or
BOOT to the head
C -·-· CO-ca CO-la,
CHAR-lie's AN-gels
or
COO-kie CLI-cker
D -·· DOG did it,
DOCK work-er,
NEW or-leans
or
DRAC-u-la
E · eh?
or
hey!
F ··-· did i FAIL it?,
get a HAIR-cut,
for the FAIR-est,
did she LIKE it,
fe-ne-STRA-tion
or
did it HURT you
G --. HOLE IN one!,
GOO-GOL-plex (a 1 with a googol zeros),
GOO-GLE-ad,
GOOD GRAV-y
or
GOD LOVES it
H ···· hitting the hip,
ho-li-day-inn
or
hip-pi-ty hop
I ·· did it,
dig-It,
bom-bay
or
i-bid.
J ·--- in JAWS JAWS JAWS,
the-JU-LIE JAY,
he's-J-JONAH-JAMESON,
where-FORE ART THOU?
or
i WANT YOU, JONES
K -·- KAN-dy KID (candy kid),
KICK the CAN,
POUND for POUND
or
KANG-a-ROO
L ·-·· a LIGHT is lit,
to 'ELL with it!,
he LOST his lid,
li-MA pe-ru
or
li-NO-le-um
M -- MMMM-MMMM,
MA-MA, LIKE MIKE
or
MORE MILK!
N NI'-gel,
NA-vy, NAZ-i,
NOO-gie,
AU-thumn
or
NU-dist
O --- O-RE-O,
ONE OF US,
HO HO HO,
SUN-NY-DAY
or
OH! MY! GOD!
P ·--· a PIZ-ZA pie,
pa-RADE PA-nel,
of DOC-TOR good
or
did POP POP it
Q --·- PAY-DAY to-DAY,
QUEUE OV-er HERE,
HERE COMES the BRIDE (queen),
QUEEN’s WED-ding DAY
or
GOD SAVE the QUEEN
R ·-· ro-TA-tion,
ro-MER-o
or
a RABB-it
S ··· si-si-si,
ts-ts-ts
or
ne-va-da
T - THRUST
or
TALL
U ··- gid-dy UP,
u-ni-FORM
or
un-der WHERE?!
V ···- Beet-ho-ven's FIFTH (V'th)
W ·-- the WORLD WAR
with WHITE WHALE
X -··- X marks the SPOT,
CROSS at the DOOR,
ON-ly the BONES
or
EX-tra ex-PENSE
Y -·-- WHY did I DIE?,
JACK and CO-KE,
ON a PO-NY
or
YEL-low YO-YO
Z --·· ZSA ZSA did it,
SHA-KA zu-lu
or
ZINC ZOO-keep-er
Character Morse Code Syllabic Mnemonic
. ·-·-·- a STOP a STOP a STOP Periods are also known as "full stops".
, --··-- COM-MA, it's a COM-MA Self-explanatory.
 ? ··--·· it's a QUES-TION, is it? Self-explanatory.
 : ---··· HA-WA-II stan-dard time The clocks in Hawaii are always on standard time, and don't turn an hour ahead in the summer.
/ -··-· SHAVE and a HAIR-cut The barber slashed the price of a shave and a haircut at his shop.

(NOTE: also Fraction Bar and Division Sign)

" ·-··-· six-TY-six nine-TY-nine Quotation marks resemble a 66 at the beginning of a quote, and a 99 at the end of a quote.
' ·----· and THIS STUFF GOES TO me! An apostrophe may be used to denote ownership of property.
; -·-·-· A-list, B-list, C-list A semicolon may be used to group ordered lists in the same sentence.

Slavic languages[edit]

In the Czech language, the mnemonic device to remember Morse codes lies in remembering words that begin with each appropriate letter and has so called long vowel (i.e. á é í ó ú ý) for every dash and short vowel (a e i o u y) for every dot. Additionally, some other theme-related sets of words have been thought out as Czech folklore.

Letter Morse Code Czech word Translation Alternative (folklore) Translation
A ·- akát acacia absťák abstinence symptoms
B -··· blýskavice lightning storm blít až doma vomit until at home
C -·-· cílovníci aiming sights cíl je výčep the target is the taproom
D -·· dálnice highway dám jedno I'll have one (beer)
E · erb coat of arms ex one-sip-drinking
F ··-· Filipíny Philippines Fernet píše the Fernet's pungent
G --· Grónská zem the land of Greenland grónský rum rum of Greenland
H ···· holubice dove (female) hruškovice Pear brandy
Ch ---- chléb nám dává (he) gives us bread chvátám k pípám I rush to the faucets
I ·· ibis Ibis Iron Iron (window cleaning agent with alcohol content)
J ·--- jasmín bílý white Jasmine Jabčák bílý White Apple brandy
K -·- království kingdom kýbl vín pot of wines
L ·-·· lední hokej ice hockey likéreček little liquor
M -- mává waving mží z píp it's sprinkling out of faucets
N národ nation návyk habit
O --- ó náš pán oh, our lord ó můj líh oh, my alcohol
P ·--· papírníci paper-makers pivní tácek beer underpad
Q --·- kvílí orkán wailing hurricane kvílím ožrán I wail drunked
R ·-· rarášek imp rumíček little rum
S ··· sekera axe sud je tu the barrel's here
T - tón tone tea
U ··- učený erudite uchlastán fully loaded
V ···- vyvolený the chosen one vodka finská Finnish vodka
W ·-- waltrův vůz Walter's carriage whiskou plout to float through Whiskey
X -··- Xénokratés Xenocrates k sýru burčák new half-fermented wine with cheese
Y -·-- Ýgar mává Ygar is waving ý, jsem zlámán ee, I'm a mess
Z --·· Zrádná žena perfidious woman zlískám se hned I get stoned quickly

Indonesia[edit]

In Indonesia, one mnemonics commonly taught in scouting method to remember Morse codes lies in remembering words that begin with each appropriate letter and substituting the o vowel for every dash and other vowels (a, i, u, and e) for every dot.

Letter Morse Code Word
A ·- ano
B -··· bonaparte
C -·-· coba-coba-
D -·· dominan
E · egg
F ··-· father joe
G --· golongan
H ···· himalaya
I ·· islam
J ·--- jago loro
K -·- komando
L ·-·· lemonade
M -- motor
N notes
O --- omono
P ·--· pertolongan
Q --·- qomokaro
R ·-· rasome
S ··· sahara
T - tom
U ··- unesco
V ···- versikaro
W ·-- wahono
X -··- xosendero
Y -·-- yosimono
Z --·· zoro-aster

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