Hi there - I'm just starting and am at lesson 4. It is hard to break through the mental fog. How long does it take before recognizing characters becomes second nature? My speed is 20/12. Despite getting 90% most of the time I repeat a lot as I know that recognizing is not automatic yet. Any tips for beginners?
1/ Keep going.
2/ Keep going.
3/ Get to lesson 40 anyhow then worry about speeding up etc
4/ Expect to spend somewhere between 2 months and 2 years.
5/ No shortcuts to working at it are available, but there are a variety of ways of actually working.
6/ There are various ways of ensuring you take longer though . . . so try to avoid them.
Linking morse -> keyboard not morse -> letter. You get to lesson 40 but then need a keyboard until you learn it all again.
Too fast - it doesn't sink in - after a few lessons this catches up with you and you stop dead having made no progress actually.
Not spending enough time on it 15-30 mins every day - you stop making progress and give up.
Spending too much time on it - you develop fatigue and stop making progress
7/ It's worth it in the end.
8/ Make sure you have good phones and that you can hear it all properly. Can't hear it = can't learn it.
9/ Listen to lots of morse.
You learn by a process of hear morse -> think of character -> repeat until the character appears in your mind automatically.
If you have a high level of aptitude for morse, you won't need any help from this forum, else read through the posts a bit . .
let us know how you get on . .