Compute multiples of nine ala calculator

Aside from the story on the multiples of nine, my dad taught me a computation ala calculator. All you need is your two hands – the left and the right. Hold them up high so clean and bright! Clap them softly one, two, three.  Clean little hands are good to see!

Next, you count from the left to right, like this:


For example, we have to compute 9 X 4.  Just mark your 4th finger.  Note that the numbers on the left side are the tens and on the right are the ones.


And voila, you’ve got the answer – 36! Two words – easy breezy!

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