The story begins!

Today I made two Anki decks and grabbed a third for my Stenotype project.  The project starts in November, yes.  But my Haidong project begins in October, and I doubt Master Burns would be thrilled with me if I refused to practice until then.

I’m just not going to sweat it til then.

To those ends, I’ve set my Anki steno decks to only pop up ten new cards a day each, and not to exceed twenty review a day.  In November, I will jack those numbers up incrementally until I hit as much as I can handle, and then after Steno is no longer the project de jour, I will wind them back down.

But I want to play with my new Stenoboard now.

That’s fine.  As long as I hit all the projects I’m beeminding, I can do what I like with the leftovers.

Here’s the theory behind the decks:

Steno3000 is a deck available from the Plover websites.  It contains the 3000 most common words in the English language, and their Plover dictionary entries.  The Plover crew recommends that you learn the why of the system, rather than simply memorize the words, so they offer it up only grudgingly.  However, my goal is to be able to write using Stenotype as soon as possible so that my normal typing proclivities can accelerate the process.

Steno Basics is a deck of my own devising, and it’s my answer to the objections to Steno3000.  It is simply every word from the drills from Learn Plover.  The idea is that instead of doing each drill countless times, I will drill each word until I can reliably produce it on command, via Anki’s Spaced Repetition System.  The drills are picked out to practice various concepts discussed in accompanying lessons, so as the first few cards corresponding to a lesson pop up, I can go back, re-read the relevant segment of Learn Plover, and get the why as well as the what.

My hope and hypothesis is that this will be faster than modern drilling systems.  November comes the true test of my hypothesis, but I feel no shame in getting started now.

Steno Briefs is the 100 most-used Plover briefs.  Not coincidentally, every single card in Steno Briefs also exists in Steno3K.  But, as briefs do not follow the principles of Plover Theory, they must be memorized.  And since the most common words get tagged with briefs to make things quicker and easier, you simply cannot write sentences without knowing some of these briefs.  The purpose of the briefs deck, then, is to get me to the point where I am using Stenotype in my day-to-day life, which, IMHO, will do more for ingraining the skills than anything else.

I have one more deck to create: I want one for fingerspelling, punctuation, and numbers.  Likely starting with period, comma, and question mark, and then the letters, the numbers, then everything else.  By studying these four decks in parallel, I intend to effectively work my way through Learn Plover, as recommended by the experts, while hitting a place of using Plover as more than just a game as swiftly as possible.


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