Hey, thanks for the reply.
My only concern is "am i finding it harder than everyone else". I don't know anyone else on the same journey locally to me so i cant talk to someone and practice with them etc.
No you aren't. Some people learn in a few weeks to 25/25 but most don't.
Aptitude is the main factor - though a rather broad and indeterminate entity . .
I have no problem with it taking months, just as long as I am doing the right thing.
Probably you will appreciate your new skill much more - if you have worked for it . . .
Most places that I have read for advice and stuff suggest you shouldn't go below 15 wpm character speed as it gets harder to relearn the sound pattern at higher speeds. But others, including yourself if i didn't misunderstand, suggest it doesn't matter as long as you finish the course and start again.
You are better ( i.e quicker to get there ) learning at the speed you want to work at - say 25/25 or 20/20 typically
It doesn't always work out. If you can't decode at 25/25 now - then you can't practice decoding at 25/25
No practice means no progress.
No progress means give up due to feeling its a waste of time.
Unrealistic expectations derived from reading about how easy it is to learn to decode morse in your head ( for some people ) cause disillusionment among the rest of us, due to equally unrealistic impressions of failure.
You need to make progress.
This means you need to decode - repeat repeat repeat etc.
You can only decode at your maximum speed - practice is probably best at a bit less than this speed.
So if you can't manage at your target speed than you need to slow down to get through the exercises - then practice some more to speed up.
This takes longer i.e you need more practice to hit 20/20 r 25/25 than does someone with high aptitude
But the trade off is ( probably - YMMV ) more time spent, or no progress at all and give up . . .
The 15 cpm thing is so you learn by hearing each character as an entity eg. di-di-dah-di not dit dit dah dit
The worst thing is counting the dits and dahs - then trying to remember what 2 dits a dah and then another dit means - that's far to slow.
You need it to be an automatic reaction - like when you drive a car or walk etc.
NOTE - "no gain without pain" does not apply to learning to drive - just repeat at your learning speed and after abit you don't think about it.
I'm wondering if my best approach might to be stick at it as long as needed to learn everything at either 15 or 20/15. I have been listening to 15 mostly, but then i flick up to 20 and it actually doesn't sound too unreasonable, just not enough time at th emoment to work out each character etc.
Try it. YOU need to work out what level of aptitude you have . . . we can't tell you.
I'm thinking with practice I can get used to the tones.
Possibly . .
I agree entirely with the keyboard issue though. I have already realised from reading another post on the forum that I hade simply gotten used to pressing a certain key when i heard the sound. I guess it's better to write the letter instead of typing it? My concern is either say, you're not getting used to doing it in your head first.
yup - hear morse - letter pops into your head as if from no-where.
Write and then type.
Also spend time just listening, so your hearing gets used to the new task and you aren't bothering even with writing.
Relax and listen - see if any letters start popping up.
Some people find that when they are tired and the brain is switching off - the "automatics" get a free go and suddenly they decode a stretch of morse without even trying.
Other find that starting with a minute of morse that's too fast makes the normal learning speed sound somehow slower.
There are NO speed up tricks - but those two are worth trying because they involve your hearing which I think is often under emphasised as an issue
I do have a tendency to over think things and want to be 'over read' on the subject before trying to learn something, perhaps i should just get on with it and keep going.
yup - no brain needed - in a manner of speaking . .
maybe spend 1 week on each lesson and consistantly get 100% at 20/15 before moving on to the next one? I don't want be one of the people that fall short once lesson 12 or 13 comes along and I can no longer remember them.
For a tiny amount of context, I'm 37 from England.
I wouldn't worry about aging, even if you are old.
You'll get there. Do the 10 mins ( of actual ) decoding twice a day and you will be fine.
Just pretend you are enjoying it ;-)
YMMV as ever
oh and . .
The issue about getting high marks straight off, by detecting the new character in a new lesson just because it is different from the ones you know already, and hitting it by default only really works for one lesson.
If you ask 25 people you will get 25 answers of what worked for each of them.
Some of these may apply to you, but you won't know until it's you turn to tell other people.
Keep decoding morse at a steady rate, relax, repeat repeat repeat, but you must decode.