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!
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.:)
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 3 today while the boys napped. First, I did the audio drill, sentences portion again to get warmed up. (100% again) I jumped right in with the lesson video. I watched it twice to get the new strokes down. Lesson three is
Beginning and Ending D (beg TK) and B (PW)
Beginning H and M(PH)
Long E (AOE)
We added more Arbitraries:
Also, Always, Knew, In, Any, How, and Will
With the new additions, we can spell a lot more words and sentences.
Sand, Dead, Nag, Reed, Rear, Spring, Straight, Thrill, etc.
With my practice this afternoon, I aced the audio drill for the new letters and arbitraries. When she said "Spell these words" I quit. I will work on them tomorrow. In short, like lesson two, the new letters and arbitraries came very quickly. These words and sentences portion will take more time. I am feeling more confident in my ability and am still happy I chose this program. Lesson two was time consuming, and frustrating in parts. I took the advice from Britta, another CRAH student and read back my notes on the audio drill. Making a mental note to practice where I messed up. I would get slowed down by trying to be 100% accurate. Now I just try to keep up and grade my notes. I have a lot more success this way and it boosts your moral when you mess up one time and the next time you ace it. Lots of practice. I will post more as I work towards finishing lesson 3.
So far I have aced the audio drill up until the sentences portion. I feel like this lesson is slightly easier for me than lesson two. I can't explain it, but I haven't been getting as frustrated. Today I got through the single words section w/o a mistake. That is a confidence booster. I am hoping to have sentences down by the end of the weekend.
I am still practicing every day. Most days i get in 3 hours. Some days are more productive than others. The other day, I just could not get in a groove and I called it quits. I had too much on my brain and after an hour or so I gave up. It just wasn't my day.
His hand will bleed, and it will stain the sheet. (spelled out below)
h eu s
h a pb d
pw hr aoe d
a pb d
s t a eu pb
s h aoe t
I will post as soon as I finish the lesson. Wish me luck...
I aced the audio drill!!! I practiced a lot today with a lot of success. I will start Lesson 4 tomorrow. Before I start though, I will do lesson three audio again.
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.