March 29 2014

Practice Audio: Q & A 170-210 (2-Voice)

I’m a big fan of John DeCaro’s practice audio. I especially love the way he does the Q & A. His Q & A actually has different people dictating along with him so that you hear more than one person’s voice. This is helpful to me because I noticed that I have developed a habit of making a stroke for a speaker designation every time I hear a voice inflection from a speaker. I believe that I developed this habit from practicing too much Q & A dictation where one speaker is doing two voices. Hopefully, practicing to John DeCaro’s Q & A dictation, and other Q & A dictation, where there is more than one speaker will help me break this habit.

Here are some briefs from the dictation:
modification= MOIFGS
retrospect= ROERT/SPEK
negotiation= GOERBGS
did you have= SDUF
I don’t remember= YORM
do you understand= DOUNDZ
consult= SKULT
real estate= RAE
occupancy= OUPZ
furniture= FURNT
premises= PREMS
carpet= KARPT
air conditioning= AIRNG
repairs= R-PS
maintenance= MAINS
supervisor= SPRFR
thereafter= THRAF
installation= SNAULGS
fabric= FA*RK
leather= L*ERT
pursue= PRAOU
possession= PEGS
thermometer= THERMT
temperature= TEM
windows= WIDZ
front side= FRONDZ
cooler= KAORL
building= BLG
because of the= BAUFT
disposition= DPOGS
dirty= DOIRT
notify= NOIF
composition= KPOGS
degrees= DREZ
average= AFRJ

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March 29 2014

New Words Added To The Oxford English Dictionary

Four times a year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds new words. The rapid growth of technology and social media in our society, demands that language grows along with it. How else would we be able to describe the myriad of activities that new technology affords us?

The rapid growth of language is the catalyst for a new blog category on, called, “New Words.”

The New Words blog posts will share some of the newly added words to the English lexicon. It is important for court reporters to keep up with advancements in language and vocabulary.

Love, Speed and Accuracy,

Elsie Villega

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March 28 2014

Friday Phrases

DEA agent= DAEGT
debit card= DERKD
credit card= KRERKD
highway patrol= HOIPL
in your experience= NURNS
in your mind= NURMD
in your opinion, Doctor= NURPD
Miranda right= MIRNT
Miranda rights= MIRNTS
Miranda warning= MIRNG

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March 27 2014

Constant Improvement & Keeping Track

I came across the following quote from Roberto Clemente:

“In the summer, I play baseball. In the winter, I work baseball. In the summer, when I get hurt playing. I write down what I hurt, the date I hurt it, and how I hurt it. In the winter, I look at that chart, and I see where my body is weak, and I work to strengthen that part of my body.”

This above quote can be used as an analogy to steno. Improvement is based on analyzing skill and weaknesses. Recognizing, making note of, and working on “problem areas” is one of the major keys to success.

Love, Speed and Accuracy,

Elsie Villega

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March 27 2014

Rules Of Grammar: Queen vs Quean

Queen is defined as the following: “The female ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth.” “The most powerful chess piece that each player has.” “A woman that is foremost or preeminent in any respect.” “The fertile fully developed female of social bees, ants, and termites whose function is to lay eggs.”

A quean is defined as the following: “A overly forward, impudent woman.” “A prostitute.” By Scottish definition, it is defined as: “A woman who is young or unmarried.”

queen= QAOEN
quean= QAO*EN

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March 26 2014

Dictionary Builder: Asseverate

Asseverate is defined as “to affirm or declare positively or earnestly.”

Machine Briefs:
Option #1: asseverate= A/SEF/RAET
Option #2: asseverate= A/SEF/RA*IT
Option #3: asseverate= A/SEFRT
Option #4: asseverate= AS/SEF/RAET
Option #5: asseverate= AS/SEF/RA*IT
Option #6: asseverate= AS/SEFRT

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March 26 2014


Oprah’s 10 Rules For Success:
1) Don’t live your life to please others.
2) Don’t depend on forces outside of yourself to get ahead.
3) Seek harmony and compassion in your business and personal life.
4) Get rid of the backstabbers. Surround yourself only with people who will lift you higher.
5) Be nice.
6) Rid yourself of your addictions- whether they be food, alcohol, behavior habits.
7) Surround yourself with people who are as smart or smarter than yourself.
8) If money is your motivation, forget it.
9) Never hand over your power to someone else.
10) Be persistent in pursuing your dreams.

Love, Speed & Accuracy,

Elsie Villega

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