January 16th, 2014. The day I finished theory. As students, this is a big milestone. Support asked for how many hours I get in on MOST days. They are sending me a schedule of what to practice and for how long to practice it. I will add a new tab at the top for speed building, and make it similar to the theory section. As soon as I know my schedule and start, I will post an update. Wish me luck!
Numbers, numbers, and punctuating numbers. This is lesson 20. Our FINAL theory lesson. I was so excited to start this lesson. I can't believe the time has come to finish theory and move on to the world of speed building. It starts by introducing the number bar and combining the numbers. Then it goes into punctuation. Two different decimal points, hyphens, slashes, another comma just for numbers, apostrophes, dollar and cents symbols, and lastly, punctuating and writing time. It is quite easy to master the number bar. Actually, the whole lesson isn't terribly difficult. The hardest part for me was the time section. We have to memorize at new set of written numbers (First, second, tenth) It is a great time to review all your numbers.
I actually started 19 awhile ago. Since my desktop stopped working, i have been out of the habit of posting to my blog. I haven't forgotten about you, i promise! Lesson 19 is a big one. It gives a ton of new arbitraries to learn...yippee!!! It also gives you a practice of soundalike words, and punctuation. We have already been introduced to some punctuation, but this is more in depth. When we take our skills test, we will be graded on correct punctuation. So, it is more than just memorizing a semi-colon, we also need to know WHEN to use said semi-colon. We have time still, thank you Jesus. But it is on my list to start reading up on correct grammar. My sister gave me the Gregg Reference Manual. I haven't quite gotten to it, but it is on my list. Lastly, we are introduced to finger spelling. C.I.A., USA, NATO...etc. Also, finger spelling names, when the name is uncommon or there could be more than one way to spell it. This is a long audio drill. 40+ minutes. I am still using my flash card app, briefapedia, and steno lookup app. I mostly refer to the arbitraries list in our manual, but sometimes there is not an arbitrary for a word. This is where my steno lookup app or briefapedia comes in handy. Corporation. It isn't listed in our manual, but i want a brief. I write on my machine what i think it could be, then look at the two apps to see what others use. Then check for conflicts. When my software is in place and running it will check for me. But for now, i cross check my flashcard app. I have, over time added briefs that are my own to my flash card app. This is why i check against the app and not the manual. I have every CRAH arbitrary in there plus my own. Today i am officially moving on to twenty...Yep, 20! Before i dive into my final theory lesson, i am going to thumb through the entire manual. Lesson one to 19. I want to review everything. I feel confident, but it won't hurt to spend time reviewing. I know I have forgotten things already. As always, please do not hesitate to email me, or comment. I am sorry for the absence. Good luck everyone!!!
Okay, my computer is fixed! It was a virus. Only $131.00 and we are back in action. This lesson focuses on contractions and arbitraries. This is the first time we have talked about contractions. Like just about all the previous lessons, it is all memorization. There are about 30 new arbitraries as well. Here we go...
Aren't, Can't, Couldn't, Didn't, Don't, Doesn't, Hadn't, Hasn't, Haven't, Isn't, Shouldn't, Wasn't, Weren't, Won't, Wouldn't.
Will= I'll, He'll, She'll, They'll, it'll, you'll
Would= I'd, You'd, He'd, We'd
Had= Same as Would except That'd and Who'd.
Have= I've, You've, They've
Is=He's, She's, It's
Us= Let us= LAETS
This is not complete list of all the contractions. I can email you a complete list if needed. They offer a one stroke method or a two stroke method for contractions. I am doing the one stroke method. The shorter the better right? So for "you will" the one stroke method is YAOUL, and the two stroke method is U/AEL. The AE is the apostrophe. The two stroke method make lots of sense, but i know in speed building, i will want to cut strokes. So, I am just not even going to let myself learn the two stroke method.
The audio drill isn't too long, about 13 minutes. It is primarily Q and A sentences. Overall, lots of memorizing, but that is to be expected. I am currently working on the sentences part. I hope to be moving on to 19 in the next week. I haven't been on my machine as much lately. I really need to focus and use better time management. My niece is now staying with us, so I have a teenager in the house, as well as my two little boys. Life gets crazy at times. There is always something looming on my to do list. I have now set up a cleaning calendar for the house, so my husband can help me check things off my list. I had not dusted my blinds in over a month. I need to organize my time better in all aspects. I hope everyone is doing great. Keep practicing!!!
I am done with 18. Woot Woot!!
This is a big lesson. 40+ minute audio drill! This lesson focuses on phrases, and a whole lot of them. much like 14, you need to know phrase basics. Can=K or -K, Could = -KD, Ever=-FR, and so on. I will not list them all, however if you want more info, email me. It starts by two word phrases. I was=EU-FS. I want=EU-PT. He could=E-KD. Then it moved on to bigger phrases. Did He Have=STK-EF. It will feel=TL-FL. What I Had= WHA-EUD. These go very fast for me. Then the drill moves into sentences. Did he say that he was tired? He wants the car. These are two examples of the sentences. There are five pages of these. The drill moves pretty fast. I can keep up until she throws in a new word i do not know off the top of my head. I am highlighting all the words i struggle with and practicing them later.
I started 16 last week. Like 15, it is not a big lesson. I reviewed 10 and 13 again. For some reason, they are still my two hardest lessons. Okay, let's start with 16. It is word endings and arbitraries. There are around 40 new arbitraries to learn. I will not list them, check your yellow manual for a list of them. You can email me as well, if needed. In the lesson plan it mentions to contact support if you are having a hard time committing a arbitrary to memory. Support can help you come up with another outline. Thankfully, I do not have a hard time with most of them. The ones that do not click right away, i can memorize after a day or two of practice. I tape a folded piece of paper over the English side and practice. Then, I switch and cover the steno side. For some reason, this really works for me.
Graph/ Graphic/ Grapher/ Graphy= GRAF/ GRAFK/ GRAFR/ GRAEF
ex: Arthritis= AR/TRAOEUTS
ex: Predict=PRE/DIKT ex: Postpone= POES/POEN
ex: Decrease=DE/KRAOES ex: Refill= RE/FIL
ex: Misjudge= MIS/JUJ ex: Hypertension=HAOEUP/TENGS
Let me start by saying, OMG! This is a big lesson. We are introduced to phrases. These are very important in speed building. We will use phrases everyday. It (as always) is a lot of memorization. There are over 150 phrases in this lesson. I will not list them all, but here is a sampling.
DURING ANY TIME= DR-NT
FROM TIME TO TIME= FRIMT
FOR THE RECORD= FRORD
I am using my flashcard app to help me memorize ALL these phrases. We are also introduced to Non-verbal responses. When someone shakes their head yes or no without saying yes or no. We do not translate what they are implying, we would write (The witness nodded her head up and down) These are called PARENTHETICALS or a message in parentheses. Another new introduction is slang terminology. Yeah, uh/-huh, huh-uh, ain't. We have to write verbatim, even if the person does not use correct grammar. For instance, Hisself, or theirselves.
This lesson contains more word endings and arbitraries. Let's dive in.
-SHUS sound(CIOUS,TIOUS,IOUS,OUS)= -RBS
-SHUN sound (NCTION,STION,SION,ATION,TION)= -GS
-XSHUN sound (CTION and XION)= *BGS
-SHAL sound (CIAL,TIAL)= -RBL
-FUL/FULLY= -FL and FLI
-OR= Consonant plus OR (Factor=FAK/TOR)
-Self/Selves= Z and Z/Z
Words ending in IA, IAL, IO, IAN, IOUS, IENT, UAL, IUM, ION, YON
This lesson is word beginnings and arbitraries.
COL, COM, COR, CON, INT AND ENT, CO-, DE, IN, BI, DIS, AFTER, ANTI, INTER/ENTER, EX, SP, SHR/SL, SELF.
Seems like a lot to remember, but as in previous lessons, it is all about practice.
I can see why some community colleges teach english and grammer. My spelling is not the best. I have been out of school too long. This will hurt me over time. Luckily, we write how words are sounded out. But there are times when you need to know how a word is spelled, in order to write it correctly in steno. Moving on to the lesson.
Words beginning with COL, COM, OR COR WHEN THE CONSONANT IS DOUBLED =K
Now, when the consonant is not doubled