Morse Code: A language of SOUND!

Morse code is best taught as a LANGUAGE OF SOUND without use of dot-dash imagery. It asks half as much of the brain to hear, then understand. Morse code is, after all, delivered as sound as is the spoken word. The less work we have to do to convert a message into its original meaning, the more enjoyable it becomes, just as doing less work at the office and getting more productivity out of it can enhance your bottom line with pleasure, to boot.

LESSON 2: A language of SOUND!

In Lesson 1, we have sought out ways to increase your printing ability so you can devote more energy into understanding the message being sent. In Lesson 2, we will continue minimizing unnecessary work. Just like when you have tuned into a foreign broadcast for the first time, in a spoken language you have never heard, Morse code is a language of sounds that will carry some meaning once you have learned it.

Throw away, or hide, any dot-dash cheat sheets, which are abundant around the Internet. Please download the Cheat Sheet below:

  • Revised Morse Alphabet cheat sheet and Timing plus RST Signal Reporting System and common CW abbreviations This Cheat Sheet lists the letter A as “di-DAH,” which you can sound out to yourself: “A: di-DAH!


The short sound is always spelled "di" (pronounced short I), when followed by another element to finish creating the current character. It is spelled "dit" (again pronounced short I) only when it is the last element of the character's sound. Thus the "End of Message" procedural symbol sounds out as di-DAH-di-DAH-dit, a smooth flow of sounds not passed on with sounding the spelling, "dit-DAH-dit-DAH-dit."

A Mnemonics Aid

You may find mnemonics of some help in recalling the sounds of the Morse alphabet.

For instance: “D: DOG did it! DAH-di-dit.

There is one that I came up with, that helped a fellow ham recognize the L: “Aw, to ’ELL with it!—di-DAH-di-dit!,” I said in mock disgust. I don't mean to offend, for it isn't the most polite thing to say, but this fellow never again had trouble with the letter L! (He was a preacher, to boot!!)

Our list has for L, “the LIGHT is lit!”

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