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!!!
I started lesson nine today. I did not spend too much time on it. My brain is a little fried after pulling blackberries all morning. BTW, I hate blackberries. There is no good way to remove them other than ripping them out by the roots. They laugh at Round Up and keep on growing. Quickly, on lesson eight, I used JN to join two words such as SUNRISE. I was wrong. They want you to use DL-T, as in Delete. I asked support about it since in the video, she used JN. So, to clarify, DL-T is the correct way to join to words that would otherwise be separate. In this lesson we learn word endings.
S and Z which we have talked about in prior lessons.
Raise=RAIZ , Race=RAIS
Close (Close the door)=KLOEZ , Close (Close second)=KLOES
Ending CH sound =-FP
Ending SH sound=-RB
Ending ABLE, BLE and IBLE= AEBL, -BL, IBL
Ending ABILITY and IBILITY= AEBLT and IBLT
I started Lesson 8 today. Last night I emailed support about the ending E sound and a few other spelling issues that confused me.
Amy, Johnny. I was using the long E as the ending E sound. Wrong.
It would be JON/NI, AEU/MI
The word "last" was in the audio drill. I spelled it LAS, but it is LA*S. Like the names above, the name Steven STAO*EF/-N. I was using a beginning N, but that is the arbitrary for IN. This is why I love the Support Department.
Back to eight. We learn to write the days of the weeks and months.
Very simple, I got that down in about 20 minutes. We are given new arbitraries. Such as, Maybe, Understand, All right, Tomorrow.
We are introduced to compound words. Sun rise or sunrise, waterflow or water flow. You can use J-N in between words to join them, hence the J-N. You can use SP-S to add a space between them.
We are given more multi-syllable words to practice.
Atmosphere, Sensitive, Dignity.
This lesson will hopefully be a quick one. Fingers crossed.
I am done with Lesson 8!!! Easiest lesson so far. I have 2 emails into support about various things. I will post my questions/response when I hear back from them. It is Saturday or SARD in steno. So they may take a bit longer than a week day. Moving on to Nine!!!
My questions to support.
1) I asked if we capitalize Mr./Dr. etc. No, the CAT software will do this for us. It will also capitalize the following word, such as Dr.Black. However, you would have to add the KP in the name Dr. Ed Black. It will cap the Ed but not the Black in this instance.
2) I asked about whether or not to add a comma after an AND in series. Such as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Yes, we add a comma. On the audio drill they added it once out of two series, so I was confused. They never admitted an error in the book, but I found one.:)
Lesson Seven....Almost half way! This lesson has a lot of information to memorize. It is not difficult to memorize, it is lots of time and practice. I actually started lesson seven yesterday. Because of my sinuses and the pain in my face, my Doctor prescribed me a pain killer. I hardly drink alcohol, so this painkiller made me want to lay on the couch and not move. Needless to say. I stopped taking those and am sticking with trusty Tylenol. I have kids and a house to manage. I do not have time to lay around. The last two days, I just could not "wake up" I am blaming the painkiller and not not me being lazy, that is my story and I am sticking to it.:) Anyways, back to lesson seven.
We have now learned all the letters of the alphabet.
We are now learning word endings and some basic steno rules.
Words ending in
S or ES = -S or -Z
D or ED = -D
V sound = *-F
I started lesson five today. First I watched the video online then read the lesson. I am starting to agree with Britta, I am finding more success by reading the material a few times than watching the video.
This lesson recap:
Long O vowel (O E)
ex: Goat, Stole, Soak
When (WH), Where (WR), Which (WEU), Whether (WHR), With (W), Yes (KWRE)
Also, there are two more briefs we learned. Many and Can. Both are not as simple as the others above.
Many can be used two ways. "How many were there?" and "Many men are strong." Many in a phrase like "how many?" is ending M (PL). Many as a word "many men" is M(PH) A E N (PB). Kinda confusing I know.The brief Can is the letter K. It could be written on either side, depending if you are saying "can you?" (Beg. K) or "you can."(ending K (BG))
V (S R)
Q (K W)
G (T K P W)
J (P B L G)
We now can write words:
Quiz, Phase, Face, Grown, Grass, Quite, Wore, Gear, Jazz, Dodge...
The sentences portion of the audio is question/answer format again.
Sample of sentences:
Where did the vine grow?
The green grass was quite thick.
I started today and am already on the sentences part. I have a hard time keeping up. I am happy with my progress for the day. The letters and arbitraries go fast. The words in this lesson are not as difficult for me.
This lesson is teaching me to listen to the sound, not spell it like it should be. Example, Phase is not stroked with a P letter and then a H letter. No, It is a F sound. So the difference between Phase and Face is the ending Z or S . Does that make sense?
It is difficult to write a recap of the lesson. I don't want to confuse people, but it is confusing in itself. While reading the manual and using my machine it makes sense, but to verbally tell someone about it, it sounds absolutely crazy . If you are not a steno student and are totally confused, that is normal. Once you get started, it will make sense. I promise.
As always, I will post updates as needed.
I finished the sentences portion of the audio. I passed with 100% twice. There were lots of 1 error runs but I wanted 100%.
This lesson, was not as hard for me. I can't explain it. But I am sure the next one will be more difficult.
I started lesson four this morning while the boys were at school.
Here is a quick snapshot.
AOEU strike together
Examples of long I words
Hike, File, Sight, Slide ,Spite
Be (-b), Because (pwaus), What (wha), This (th), There (thr), That (tha), If (tp), Did (stk)
W and K
Ending / Final
Question and Answer
The majority of students and working court reporters work in the legal profession. CRAH has showed us 2 symbols to denote a question is being asked and an answer is being given.
(STKPWHR) or the begininng side of keys
(FRPBLGTS) or the ending side of keys except, the D and Z keys
I got busy typing and mastered the letters and arbitraries on the audio drill.
I stopped with practicing the words.
New sample words
Care, Frame, Hike, Strike, File, Germ, Yell.
I am going to pick up tomorrow on the words portion and see how it goes. The audio seems to be going faster this lesson. But I guess at some point everything will speed up.
I got 100% on the words portion of the audio drill.
On to sentences.... The sentences portion is a question/ answer type of audio. I listened to a little and tried to keep up. Needless to say, I need more practice.
I only got about 30 minutes in yesterday due to a dentist appointment and packing my trailer for the weekend. I practiced for 2 hours today, and I can now finish the sentences with only a couple mistakes. I am hoping to work a little more tomorrow. I am also bringing my machine this weekend camping. I won't do a lot of practicing but at least get some machine time in. Have a good Memorial Day!
Update (again) 5/27/14
I finished lesson 4 today. It took some time to get in the swing of things after not practicing much while on vacation. But I passed the audio drill. Wahoo:)
I started lesson 2 on Saturday, May 3rd. I didn't study on Sunday.
Today is May 6th, and I must say lesson 2 is more difficult. Maybe difficult is not the right word, but it is more challenging.
I learned L, N, P (Beginning and ending)
Long A (AEU)
Question mark (STPH)
And a few arbitraries: He(E), the(-T), is(S / -S), are (R / -R), it (T), I(EU), you(U)
Sounds simple enough right? I got that part down in no time flat. I can now make lots of words and sentences. This is where the challenging part comes in. Given enough time, I could right very well. But trying to keep up with the audio drill, is proving to be difficult. This lesson will take a few more days that lesson one.
I have learned that taking a day off, isn't smart. You don't just pick back up where you ended last. It takes more time to get going. Also, turn off cell phone and ignore home phone. People don't leave you alone, and I do not need interruptions. Today, my best friend called to talk about her Hawaii trip. Love her, but now I will be studying tonight. I will post when I finish lesson 2. expect 2-3 more days.
I am doing so much better today. On the audio drill, I now only get held up at the sentences portion. Progress! Still a day or two before I ace it.
I aced the audio drill!! 100% accurate. I am finding out that my fingers know what to to and I have to stop my mind from over thinking things. Covering the screen helps me from looking down and turning off my cell keeps me focused.
I like to start things at the beginning.
Who starts a diet on a Wednesday? Or mid month? Not me.
Being the first of May, I hopped right in on lesson one.
I watched the video tutorial and started typing away.
Beginning letter S ,T, R
Vowels A, E, I (EU), O, U
Ending letter -S, -T, -R
So once I started figuring out where the keys are, I started the lesson 1 drill, sight writing.
Is it 10 rows by 10 rows of letters you type in order.
S T R A O E U I S R PERIOD
Single letters are not a problem for me, I actually got that super quick. The problem for me is when it is two letters.
RU US TR OS TI AR TA RI AT ET UT
My brain wants to write R then U not RU together in one stroke.
Then comes words that are a combo of the above letters.
art at sat sit stout start tart to so rat
For the word SAT, in one stroke it is S (on left side, that is beginning side) A , T (Right side, ending side)
Seems simple enough. Strangely, I do well at words, but those dang two letters. I want to type them like I would a keyboard.
I still haven't mastered lesson one. You must pass the audio portion. With my hubby being off work tomorrow, I am hoping to lock myself in my office, away from toddlers for a bit longer.
I am back and happy to announce I aced the audio drill! On to lesson two.