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When we were in Elementary school, one thing we were made to remember without fail was the 9 x 9 arithmetic table. I had a copy of the table pinned to the toilet door, and I remember memorizing it by heart to say out in front of the teacher.
In Japan we memorize up to 9 x 9, in Australia they do up to 12 x 12, in India they memorize up to double figure sets of 9 x 9 – so its different with every country.
One thing that is peculiar feature about the Japanese style is that we memorize the times table by using a rhythmical word game which makes it easier to remember.
For example “Sazan ga Ku” 3 x 3 = 9 ; “Saburoku Ju Hachi” 3 x 6 = 18 ; “San Pa Ni Ju Shi” 3 x 8 = 24 etcetera
The rhythm was good so as a kid I learned the times tables all in one go , for example I tried to memorize how to say the 3 times table very quickly ( from 3 x1 to 3 x 9 ) . And even for someone who is not good at mathematics, this is an easy way to remember the times table, and its useful in daily life situations like when you have to quickly calculate the change