How to Find More Images for the Ben System
For many people, one serious obstacle to learning the Ben System is finding images to fit all 2,704 possible combinations. Today I came up with a way to fill in my missing images.
In the Ben System, each pair of cards is combined into an image.
Here is an example pair of cards:
The first consonant is made by combining the two suits. Club-spades is an “n” sound.
Next, the first card value becomes a vowel (5 = “ai”), and the final card value becomes a consonant (Ace = “t”). My phonetic key is here [PDF].
So 5 of clubs and Ace of hearts is “NAIT” or “knight”. Not all combinations are that easy though.
Here are some card pairs that are more difficult:
- J♥ A♣ = VOWT
- J♥ 2♣ = VOWN
- J♥ 3♣ = VOWM
- J♥ 4♣ = VOWR or VOWTH
I still have hundreds of images like this to fill in.
Changing the Meaning of the First Two Sounds
The idea that I had today is to make the first consonant and vowel represent a class or category of things, and then derive images based on that class and the final consonant.
The first consonant and vowel are made up of the suit pair plus the first card value:
In the case above, it would be “NAI” (rhymes with “why”). If I make a link from “NAI” to “nightingale” and then from “nightingale” to “bird”, I now have a way to derive more images. Anything that begins with “NAI” can be a bird image derived from the final consonant:
- NAI-T becomes: [bird] + t = turkey
- NAI-N becomes: [bird] + n = nightjar
- NAI-M becomes: [bird] + m = mallard duck
- NAI-R becomes: [bird] + r = roseate spoonbill
- NAI-L becomes: [bird] + l = lark
Those aren’t my actual images, but just illustrate the idea.
- derived from Latin votum
- marriage vow
- vow with god(s)
- vow of secrecy
The simplest one for me is “marriage vows”. Now the J♥ *♣ pattern can link my brain to images having something to do with marriage.
I wonder if visual dictionaries would be useful for finding visual images that are organized by category.
I haven’t put this idea into action yet, but I’m off to do that now. I think that finishing my system will be much easier now. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, because it seems obvious now.
Ben System Resources
- The Ben System
- My phonetic key to a modified Ben System [PDF]
- Worksheet (copy/paste into a word processor and add your images)