Is it taught in school which number goes with which letter of the alphabet?

Asked by flo (13313) November 12th, 2013

J is the 10th letter, etc. If it is taught in school, at what stage do they teach that?

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I was never taught that.

syz (35938)

I was never taught that. My children have not been taught it either.

Seaofclouds (23108)

No. I can’t think of a useful application of this.

glacial (12145)

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janbb (62860)

Sorry. Never heard of that. I’m with @glacial, I don’t see a practical application.

ibstubro (18804)

^^ Self-taught. :)

glacial (12145)

In ancient Rome, they were tight that V = 5, C = 100, D = 500, M = 1000, and so on.

In Hebrew years, each letter has a numerical value which is used to describe the hebrew year: 5761 = (from right to left) Hay apostrophe Taf Shin Samekh Alef

But not in the US….

elbanditoroso (33147)

I was never taught it. The only time I think about it is when buying tickets for the theatre.

JLeslie (65413)

Yeah, I was taught Roman numerals early on, and I picked up letter/number relationships by writing secret code notes to my friends in 2nd and 3rd grade.

8–5-12–12-15 = Hello.

Seek (34805)

They’re taught the letters of the alphabet, and they’re taught how to count. Those two abilities combined make it very easy to figure out which letter is first, second, and so forth. No need to teach it as a separate skill.

SavoirFaire (28831)

I don’t think it’s taught in class. As @Seek_Kolinahr said we just used it in puzzles where each letter of the alphabet is represented by a number which corresponds to that letter’s position in the alphabet. Since A is the first letter of the alphabet, it is represented by the number 1. B, the second letter, is represented by 2.

Smitha (5778)

No, but after loving math and letters, I associated them by myself.
23 8 1 20 / 9 19 / 25 15 21 18/ 5 1 22 15 18 9 20 5 / 3 15 12 15 18 ?

dxs (15160)

18 5 4 / 14 15 / 2 12 21 5 / 14 15 / 1 1 1 1 1 8 ////

Seek (34805)

13 1 11 5 / 21 16 / 25 15 21 18 / 13 9 14 4 !!!

dxs (15160)

@4 24 19
4 15 14 ’ 20 / 2 21 12 12 25 / 19 5 5 11.

20 8 9 19/ 7 5 20 19 / 5 1 19 9 5 18/ 6 1 19 20!

longgone (19535)

4 15 5 19 14 20 / 9 20 ?

Seek (34805)

25 5 1 8! 9 / 8 1 18 4 12 25 / 8 1 5 / 20 15/ 20 8 9 14 11 / 10 21 19 20 / 14 15 23. 1 14 4 / 9 / 23 1 19 / 21 19 9 14 7/ 13 25/ 6 9 14 7 5 18 19 / 2 5 6 15 18 5.

longgone (19535)

I was never taught it, but like @glacial, I am self-taught. If anybody ever comes up with a test for nerdiness, this would be a good question to include.

23 5 / 19 8 15 21 12 4 / 16 1 20 5 14 20 / 20 8 9 19

dxs (15160)

I was never taught it in school but I figured it out for myself. We were taught Roman Numerals in around grade 4.

downtide (23815)

I can’t say there is absolutely no practical application at all. I think most people just know until F the 5th letter. And X,Y,Z. 24 25 26. But anywhwere in between they have to think about it.

I’m still tryng to figure out what math or roman numerals have to do with it, but just give a day or two.

flo (13313)

F is the 6th letter…

Seek (34805)

@Seek_Kolinahr I had E before I edited it, thanks

flo (13313)

@flo wrong place to make that mistake! :-)

ibstubro (18804)

@ibstubro no question!

But someone, please let me know why people are talking about math and roman numerals?

flo (13313)

@flo It’s the only useful link anyone can think of between letters and numbers. The symbols for Roman numerals are also letters of our alphabet. So, L stands for 50, for example.

But no one is saying that the letter L is the 50th letter of the alphabet. :)

glacial (12145)

@glacial Okay. How about the math?

flo (13313)

@flo I don’t understand your question. What math?

glacial (12145)

I already mentioned the practical application. When buying tickets to the theatre. I don’t like to be any closer than row J and I prefer back around AA or even a little more back, depending on the size of the theatre and how slanted the floor is.

JLeslie (65413)

@JLeslie But you don’t need to know the number values of the letters for that, just their relative positions in the alphabet. Like a “letterline” instead of a numberline. People know instantly that J comes before M, without knowing which numbers those would correspond to.

glacial (12145)

@glacial You want to know how far back you are from the stage don’t you?

JLeslie (65413)

* shrug * Most of the shows I go to are “floor seating” – which means no chairs, and get there quick or be good at pushing. The goal is to be in front. ^_^

Seek (34805)

@JLeslie Sure, but if I need more than a relative position, I’ll just count the letters. The question is about whether this is taught in schools, and I have to say that if this is the sole application, there doesn’t appear to be a need.

glacial (12145)

@glacial That’s what I said. I wasn’t taught it in school. I don’t think it should be.

JLeslie (65413)

How did I get following this oddly unimaginative thread???

10–4, odd buddy. I’m slobbering out!

ibstubro (18804)

@JLeslie “You want to know how far back you are from the stage donâ€™t you?”

Really sounds like you were arguing the other side. Okey dokey.

glacial (12145)

@glacial I just count on my fingers. A,b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, right ring equals 9. LOL. It’s ridiculous. Anyone who can count and knows the alphabet can figure it out, why it would need to be taught is beyond me. Someone above asked about a practical application, and I think a practical application is how far you will be from the stage. Practical doesn’t necessarily mean it is important to teach nor that it is important for most people in every day life.

JLeslie (65413)

@glacial Never mind I got it now. When I think of the word “math” I think of adding subtracting etc.

flo (13313)

@flo You mean you didn’t get it? I feel badly for using the word ridiculous. I wasn’t making fun of you, I had not assumed you didn’t understand where the numbers come from. My apologies if I offended you in any way.

JLeslie (65413)

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