March 5 2015

Theory Thursday: Practice Video (30 WPM Dictation)

Here are some briefs and phrases from the video:
afford= FAURD
that= THA
coat= KOET
did you= DU or SDU
learned= LERND
sword= SWORD
cattle= KALT
roamed= ROEMD
we need= WEFRN
gourds= GOURDZ
decorate= DRAIT
became= BAIM
aware= WAIR
that the= THAT
prevailing= PRAILG
we would= WELD
precautions= PRAUGSZ
overhear= VAER
conversation= KFRGS
for instance= FRINS
airline= AIRL
improve= KBROF
service= SEFS
at this time= TIT
identification= AOIFGS
difficult= DIF
medical report= MORP
worry= WOIR
patient= PAIRBT
are you= RU
emergencies= MJS
it was= T-FS
public= PUB
announcement= NOUMT
in regard= NRAR
painful= PAIFL
one of the= WUFNT
escrow= SKROE
cannot= KWOT
outcome= OUK
under the influence= NUFL
alcohol= KHOL
element= L-MT
substance= SB-
diagnose= D-G
illness= INLS
is this= ST-H
signature= SIGT
female= FAEL
injured= J*URD
in a= NA
number= MUB
condition= K-N
critical= KRIBLG
I understand= INDZ
has been= HAB
hospital= HOPT
ambulance= BLANS
degrees= DREZ
Fahrenheit= FRENT
autopsy= AUPZ
confirmed= KFRMD
fractures= FRAURS
or not= ORNT
expect= XEKT
reporter= RORPT
administer= M-R
program= PRAM
inch= N-FP
proposal= PROEPL
concrete= KRET
legislate= LAEGT
morality= MO*RLT
worth= WO*RT
employer= PLOIR
called= KAULD
do you think= DOUNG
letter= LERT
appropriate= PROEPT
carbon dioxide= KBOX
another= NOER

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January 6 2015

Practice Video: Examination Under Oath (EUO)

Here are some briefs and phrases from the video:
my name is= MAOINS
driver’s license= DLND
date of birth= DOB/DOB
photograph= FOF
that’s correct= THAERK
A. That’s correct= SKREFRBLGTS
yes or no= YORN
under the influence= NUFL
if you want= FUPT
do you understand= DOUNDZ
court reporter= KRORPT
courtesy= KURTS
yes, I do= YOID
Louisiana= LA/LA
conceal= SKAOEL
with you= WU
for the record= FRORD
let the record reflect= LORK
car insurance= KARNS
income tax= N-KT
cellular phone= SLOERN
Where do you live?= WROUF
how long= HOUNG
operator= PRAEURT
roughly= RUFL
24-hour= 24OUR
how much= HOUFP
verifying= VOIFG
excuse me= SKAOUM
girlfriend= GOIF
chemical= KHEM
rear end= RAOERND
have you ever= VUFR
on this= ONTS
repairs= R-PS
mechanical= MEBLG
battery= BRAET
thank you= THAUNG
that I can= THAIK

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September 18 2014

Practice Video: Psychology Lecture (Introduction)

Here are some briefs and phrases from the video:
fellow= FLEL
website= WAOIT
assignment= SOIMT
orient= OERNT
and I want= SKPIPT
to give= TOFG
evaluation= VAELGS
filmed= FIMD
resource= SRORS
details= SDAILS
videos= VAOS
internet= SBET
access= SKES
domination= DOMGS
fugitive= FAOUFGT
psychology= SKOLG
comprehensive= KPREFNS
animal= ANL
memories= MEMS
research= REFP
online= AONL
substitute= STUT
last time= LAFMT
semester= SMEFRT
exam= XAM
review= RAOUF
assign= SOIN
motivate= MOEFT
psychological= SKLL
in fact= NFT
anonymous= NOUMS
e-mail= AOEM
formal= FOM
motivation= MOEFGS
crazy= KRAEZ
scientific= SAOIFKT
therapy= THAOERP or THAERP
cognitive= KOFNGT
clinical= KLINL
aspect= SPAEKT
economics= KMIKS
at this point= THIPT
coma= KMA
English= GLIRB
physical= FIS
language= LANG
components= KPOENTS
continuity= T*NT
he or she= HAOERZ
intelligence= TEJS
aggressive= GRAEFS
summarized= SMAIRDZ
controversy= TROEFZ
attractive= TR-FK
devote= DWOET
notorious= NOERBS
bottom= BOT
technical= TEBLG
pronounce= PROUNS
predicted= PRIKTD
disorders= DORDZ
depression= DPREGS
anxiety= ANGT
explosion= SKPLOEGS
something else= S-LGS
faithful= FAIF
multiple= MUPLT
debate= DB-T
syndrome= SDROEM
delusion= DLAOUGS
idea= Y-D
you believe= UBL
gruesome= GRAOUFM
abnormal= BORL
expert= SPERT
fortunately= FORNLT
amazing= MAEGS
college= KLEJ
mysteries= STRAOES

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July 28 2014

Practice Video: Law Lecture- Introduction & Offer

Here are some briefs from the video:
welcome= WEM
session= SEGS
introduction= TROUGS
basic= BAIFK
concept= SKEPT
contract= KR-T
formation= FORMGS
invitation= VAOIGS
offer= OFR
acceptance= SEPZ
agreement= GRAOEMT
distinguish= DWIRB
throughout= THROUT
topic= TOPK
definition= DFINGS
contractual= KR-LT
obligation= BLIGS
promises= PROMS
policy= POIL
significant= SIG
essential= SERB
consensus= SKENS
correlation= KORLGS
context= KEGT
proposal= PROEPL
standpoint= STPT
award= WAURD
exploit= XLOIT
distinction= DINGS
academic= DWAKD
bargain= BARNG
communication= KMUNGS
contrast= KRA*S
landlord= LLD
conservative= SKEFRBT
tenants= TANTS
discontinue= ST-N
resolved= ROFLD
segment= SEGT

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July 11 2014

Practice Video: The Odd Couple- My Strife In Court

LOL when Felix tried to clean up the witness stand and the classic breakdown of the word, “assume.” It would have been nice if there was a court reporter present in the scene though.

Here are some briefs and phrases from the video:
briefcase= BRAOEFK or BRAOEF/KA*IS
vacation= VAIGS
Detroit= DROIT
how long= HOUNNG
how would you describe= HOULD
character= KHARKT
your Honor= URN
nervous= NEFS
you remember= URM
contention= KENGS
fiscal= SKAL
increment= KBREMT
objection= OX
sustained= STAEND
when I told= WHILT
what do you mean= WHAOUM
assume= SAOUM
very good= V*EGD
excuse me= SKAOUM
beyond a shadow of a doubt= YA*S
itself= T-Z
state your name please= STIRNZ
in your own words= NURNDZ
alleged= AELGD
will you tell= LUT
how many= HOUM
I want= IPT
to be= TOB
to do= TAOD
City of New York= SNORK or STIRK
not guilty= N-G
humiliated= HULTD
humiliation= HULGS
absolutely= SLUL
apology= GAOE
apologize= JAOIZ
divorce= DWORS
State of New York= STOERK
I don’t know= YON
bailiff= BIF

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June 21 2014

Practice Video: Jury Charge

Here are some briefs from the video:
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury= LAIJS
in this case= NIK
recess= RES
jury instructions= JIRKS
bailiff= BIF
is that correct= STHARK
closing argument= KLAOUMT
discharge= DARJ
ignore= GOR
intoxicated= SBOKD
misdemeanor= M-M
law enforcement officer= LAUFRMT
motor vehicle= MOEFK
beyond a reasonable doubt= Y-RD
equivalent= QIF
impairment= KBAIRMT
direct evidence= DRAEFD
circumstantial evidence= SKAEFD
greater weight= GRAERGT
bias or prejudice= BOP
leniency= LAONTS or LAOENT/S*I

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May 18 2014

I Love Steno: The Student Edition- The Different Types Of Q & A

Q & A testing can be a very varied experience. The test can be a variety of short answers, long answers, multi-syllabic words, short words, medical terminology, etc. To be prepared you should practice a variety of different Q & A formats. I compare it to being a runner who can marathon, sprint, and hurdle jump.

Below is a list of different types of Q & A formats. From experience, I think that you should have practice takes that include, or represent, all of the following formats that are contained in the list. This is something that I have learned through creating my own study curriculum to help me advance through my steno goals. Hopefully, this will also help other students.

Love, Speed, and Accuracy,

Elsie Villega

Types Of Q & A Formats:

1) Short questions with long answers, or long questions with short answers. With this type of Q & A, be prepared that the writing of the designations will not be as rhythmic as it is in popcorn Q & A (see below). Be sure not to drop the short part of the exchange if you happen to be trailing the speaker on the long part of the exchange.

2) Long questions with long answers. These can be comparable to a literary take sometimes.

3) Literary like Q & A. This can contain long questions and/or answers that are chock full of multi-syllabic words. You might find your mind wandering to question to yourself, “Is this a Q & A or a lit?” Lol. Fight the urge to wonder, and just write!

4) Popcorn Q & A. A succession of short questions with short answers. This format is pretty rhythmic in its back and forth exchange. However, it can also feel a lot speedier due to the fact that designations have to be rapidly made. If there’s anytime for laser-like focus, it’s during popcorn Q & A.

5) Technical/Expert Testimony. You’ll hear a bunch of multi-syllabic words that are familiar only to people who are well acquainted with a certain industry or profession.

6) Medical. Hopefully, you’ve gotten yourself a medical dictionary or medical textbook. I have a textbook that came with a CD that contains the proper pronunciation of medical terms. However, keep in mind that due to the high syllabic nature of a lot of medical terms, you may hear a term pronounced a number of different ways. Don’t let this throw you off. Write what you hear. It will be highly likely that you will be able to transcribe the term correctly if you get most of the syllables down. This is a plus for multi-syllabic words. The exception is if there are word derivatives and you don’t write the proper ending. That’s always a downer! All those strokes for nothing. Smh. Lol.

7) Date repeating Q & A. There are question and answer exchanges in which the date of the incident comes up a million times. I learned this trick from one of the awesome reporters that I interned with: Write the date out a couple of times, and then have a one-stroke designation that you use every time the date comes up after that. Brilliant! I also have added on to that great advice by creating a designation for the date when it recurs sans the year. For example, you may hear, “On the event that occurred on, February 3, 2014…” and, you may also subsequently hear, “At the time of the incident on, February 3,…” Have a designation to denote both dates, one with the year and one without.

8) Q & A where a list of items is constantly repeated.

9) Repetition of clichéd phrases. For example, you may hear, “At the time of the accident…” numerous times throughout the Q & A. As a matter of fact, a majority of the questions may be prefaced with the statement. These Q & As are great if you have a brief for the phrase cemented in your memory bank, and not so great if you don’t.

10) Choppy Q & A. Q & A where the answers make no sense, or the questioner keeps interrupting themselves to rephrase the question. Arghh!! Don’t fret, just be ready to hit your dash designation. There’s nothing more confusing than trying to transcribe this random collection of words without your dashes.

11) Q & A with frequent interruptions. Speaking of dashes, be dash-ready for this type of Q & A. If you’re not dash-ready in this type of situation, you may erroneously think you dropped chunks of dictation when you in fact got everything down perfectly. Nothing tests you faith more with your writing than when you leave out a dash and you’re trying to decide whether you dropped, or left out a dash.

12) Include- heavy Q & A. Mark this, fill in that, or take a break here, etc. Be sure to be well acquainted with your include designations for this type of Q & A.

13) Colloquy ridden Q & A. You don’t have to worry about this with 2-voice, but 3-voice and up, be sure to have you multi-speaker designations well practiced.

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