The
Gypsy Method of Multiplying

You can use it
only for numbers from 6 to 10, But the multiplication tables of these numbers
are more difficult than those from 2 to 5.

Number the fingers
on both hands from 6 to 10. You can do this with a ball-point pen. Now place
your palms together but not touching.

Example: To multiply 8 by 9

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Put
the tip of the finger marked 8 of one hand to touch the tip of the finger
marked 9 on the other hand

•
Count
the fingers and thumbs from your thumbs up to and including the two fingers
that are touching – 7. This is the number of tens – 70.

•
Count
the remaining fingers on one hand and multiply it by the number of remaining
fingers on the other – two fingers left on one hand and one

•
on
the other: 2 x 1 = 2. These are the units.

•
Put
the tens and units together to get the correct answer, 72.

It may seem a bit
confusing and you'll need a lot of practise but it can really work and then
lasts forever. It's a useful way of checking those awkward tables above 5
times, that seem to give the most trouble.