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Thread: Slow Code Practice

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Posted: 2021-02-11 14:16
For people who need to start slow and who need a little help.
The group encourages people to use the "Convert Text to CW" on LCWO.net to create short lessons for themselves and others. The speed can be set as slow as needed.
Beginner Lesson 1 can begin with
practicing about 8 characters.
s o m e w h a t.
These can be learned by
tapping out the dits and dahs for each letter
with the finger on any hard surface, if the student has
no key.
Any text or some sentences in a book can be used
for practice. When the student sees any of the letters in "somewhat" they can tap it out on a hard surface with their fingers.

When about 8 characters are learned, then they can be put into lesson form to past into the
"Convert Text to CW" box. A lesson can be made like this with a period at the end of each line. As the text is played in code, the student should write each letter.
s o m e w h a t .
m o t h s e h w .
w s m h t e a o .
a m w s h t o e .

The next lesson will mix up the same letters until all can be written down as they are played in Morse Code. When these are copied accurately, a new letter or number can be added. The student may choose to add any letter or number that they want next.

Posted: 2021-02-18 21:34

Posted: 2021-03-09 14:46
The second lesson might add about 2 more letters. I chose c and r for adding. Lesson 2 can be like this:
w s m r h t e a o c .
s c o w r e m t h a .
e r t o a c w h m s .
r h t c m w o s e a .

Posted: 2021-03-09 14:51
Lesson 3 might be like this, adding 2 more characters. Here I choose to add p and q:

t p a o c w s m r h .
e m t h a s c q w r .
q c w h m s e r t o .
o s e a r h q c m w .

Posted: 2021-03-09 14:59
A suggestion for a Lesson 4 might slow down the pace of adding characters just a bit. So a single character is added. Here I choose to add u.

u o c w s m o r h .
h a s u c q e m u .
u t h m s w e q c .
w m a q e o c u s .

Posted: 2021-03-09 15:04
Lessons 1, 2, 3, and 4 are only suggestions.
If used, new characters can be added 1 or 2 at a time. Each person's learning pace will be different. I might mention that I think it not always best to learn only the short character like dit dit or dah dah first. I think it can also be helpful to learn the longer characters right along with the short characters. A y p x or z or f or l can be learned right from the very beginning.
A number can also be introduced in early lessons.
a number 3 or 7 can be learned just as easily in a first or second lesson as well as several weeks later. The CW SETTINGS can also be adjusted for the student. After all, if it comes down to "giving up" or "quitting completely" a slower lesson can be better than nothing. Besides, some people are just "too hard on themselves". Sometimes people can get the idea that they are "just not good enough" and that can mean a loss of a valuable ally in any time of need. Sometimes, people might get a message that everything is about...
My Way Or The Highway, and turn away from a helpful effort. In the "old days," people used to say:
"You can draw more flies with honey than ya can with vinegar."

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