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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #90 on: December 07, 2012, 04:34:22 PM »
At the moment, I am listening to an episode of Exploring Tomorrow.  I will need to turn off my listening in a few minutes.  I'm a student in court reporting school and I have to practice some.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #91 on: December 07, 2012, 04:54:00 PM »
Hi Allyn and welcome  :)

Forgive my ignorance, what's court reporting?
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #92 on: December 07, 2012, 05:21:17 PM »
Hi Allyn and welcome  :)

Forgive my ignorance, what's court reporting?

I think it is like a stenographer? Unless she is a crime reporter with her own beat... ;D

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #93 on: December 09, 2012, 02:22:25 PM »
Hi Allyn and welcome  :)

Forgive my ignorance, what's court reporting?

I think it is like a stenographer? Unless she is a crime reporter with her own beat... ;D

Ha ha ha ha . . .  ;D  Yes, I am in school learning court stenography.  If any of you have been to court, or watched a TV show set in law enforcement, and seen the person pecking away on a machine in the courtroom, that is a court reporter.  We take down and transcribe testimony in court; we also take down other things such as conventions, council meetings, etc.  I take my machine to church to  practice taking down my minister's sermons.  I've been in school since 2006--CR school is unlike others in that I have to pass certain speed tests at certain accuracies in order to progress.  In my state, in order to be certified, I have to write at 225 words per minute at 95% accuracy.  We write on a special keyboard in a special "language", which is how we are able to take down the spoken word so quickly.

The same technology is used in closed captioning as well.  That is something I would like to do.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #94 on: December 09, 2012, 03:10:09 PM »
Oh, you use that cool machine!  Amazing  :)

(by the way, when typing on my keyboard, I write one word every 225 minutes with 95% mistakes  :-/  I can't even imagine writing that fast, not even in a special language...)
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #95 on: December 09, 2012, 04:42:14 PM »
It still amazes me that whole court cases are transcribed like that, and on such an odd machine.

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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #96 on: December 09, 2012, 06:43:50 PM »
By the way,  In Italian this problem doesn't exist, it's a phonetic language, but when writing in that special way in English do you use the correct spelling of words or some sort of phonetic transcription?
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #97 on: December 09, 2012, 09:21:12 PM »
By the way,  In Italian this problem doesn't exist, it's a phonetic language, but when writing in that special way in English do you use the correct spelling of words or some sort of phonetic transcription?

I write according to sound.  Letters and combinations of letters on the "odd keyboard"  ;D represent certain sounds in English.   I also have a special computer program that translates the stuff I write--I can hook my machine up to the computer and have the computer translate my writing.  I'm afraid that more often than not, some of the stuff that gets translated ends up looking like Greek.  My speed is not fast enough yet to keep up with some of the things I try to take down.  One Sunday I thought I had written the word "precious", however, my software translated it as "proficient" because there's one letter's difference in my theory (the "language" I write in) between the two words. 

If any of you ever took shorthand in school, this is the same principle--taking down things as fast and as accurately as possible.  I just do it with a machine.   :)  And it's also difficult to explain to someone who hasn't been there!   ;D
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #98 on: December 10, 2012, 11:58:49 AM »
The court reporting typewriters have always fascinated me.  I've typed for so long on a QWERTY keyboard, I think my brain would rebel on me if I tried typing on something else.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #99 on: December 10, 2012, 01:58:05 PM »
The court reporting typewriters have always fascinated me.  I've typed for so long on a QWERTY keyboard, I think my brain would rebel on me if I tried typing on something else.

Sometimes when I switch between the two, I have problems.  For example, "a" is a the far end of the QWERTY keyboard.  "S" is at the far end of the steno keyboard.  They are both hit with the exact same finger.  One of my challenges is not to hit "S" when I really mean to hit "a" on the steno keyboard.
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #100 on: December 10, 2012, 02:09:30 PM »
They are both hit with the exact same finger.
All of the keys on my keyboard are hit with the exact same finger...  :-/


Question: you said you use some sort of phonetic transcription,but there are so many different pronunciations in English that  can't help wondering how you do that... for instance, let's say somebody from Scotland is talking, what do you do? Do you sort of "translate" the sounds into American sounds/pronunciation?
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #101 on: December 10, 2012, 08:42:14 PM »
Welcome to the Forum, Allyn, from another old fart here :)
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #102 on: December 11, 2012, 04:51:36 AM »
They are both hit with the exact same finger.
All of the keys on my keyboard are hit with the exact same finger...  :-/


Question: you said you use some sort of phonetic transcription,but there are so many different pronunciations in English that  can't help wondering how you do that... for instance, let's say somebody from Scotland is talking, what do you do? Do you sort of "translate" the sounds into American sounds/pronunciation?

In some cases, I may have to add a dictionary entry for that particular pronunciation.  Or, there are alternative ways of writing the words so that they translate properly, even if it's pronounced differently from "American" English.
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Re: What are you listening to?
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Re: What are you listening to?
« Reply #104 on: December 13, 2012, 12:23:14 PM »
Today, I'm bouncing between Gunsmoke and various Horror shows.  I'm gonna get whiplash one of these days.  Gotta find my Gunsmoke Christmas show so that I can get in the proper mood.  :)
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