My husband and I are learning international morse code, purely for the heck of it. We like leveling up, even in obscure skills like morse code. Anyways. There are a few different methods of learning. This is one way:

We chose not to use this method on account of…my brain shuts down before it even tries to process what this is.

We’re using mnemonics instead. I shared these hilarious mnemonic phrases with a few friends, and figured I’d share the wealth here, too.

The human brain is weird and funny.
Laugh it up!

Katie’s

I stuck with one syllable words for each. I have a strong visual memory, so I keyed into the imagery of the dots and dashes. (N, for instance, looks like a person laying down for a nap.) Then I took it a step further and wrote dot words smaller. Lastly I loosely tried to keep words that have the letter ‘o’ correspond with the dot’s, and stronger consonant sounds correspond with dashes. More or less.

Clay’s

Clay utilized syllables. Multiple syllables = dash. Single syllable = dot.

A few observations:
It’s funny that we both referenced drugs. He also chose to use more…colorful…language so I redacted those to keep the blog PG(13).

One benefit about learning this together is that I’ve adopted some of Clay’s mnemonics and vice versa. Dingo mad dog, is my favorite, and is wayyyy more memorable than Drive -ing spot.


As ridiculous as our phrases are: THEY WORK! I’m surprised to say that I have a solid knowledge of the morse alphabet after only an hour or so of practice. A cumulative hour that is; just 15-20 minutes a day…ish.

Looking forward to increasing my fluency so Clay and I can become spies silently communicate at family reunions.

“U-n-c-l-e
R-a-l-p-h
h-a-s
l-o-s-t
h-i-s
m-a-r-b-l-e-s-!”


On the off chance that you’re interested in learning morse code, I designed the above worksheet myself (#superextra). Here’s the .pdf.

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