Learning & Using Morse code as a Language
The purpose of this page, associated reference materials and tools is to provide an overview of a unique method for teaching, learning and using Morse code as a language. Learning Morse code as a language is a teaching and self learning method developed by WØUCE that enables students to quickly hear, recognize and understand letters, words and phrases in Morse code by their unique sound and rhythm versus traditional methods that require memorizing or counting individual character dit and dah components. This method is very effective as students learn to immediately recognize and understand what is being sent in Morse simply by listening. There is no need to write or type anything as students learn to copy and understand Morse as a language.
Children learn to talk during their first two years of life. During the second month of life infants start making random sounds then start to babble and by month four to five random sounds become real words, "mama" and "dada" are typically the first words infants speak. Between years one and two infants repeat and associate single words they hear then migrate to combining words into two to three-word sentences. Infants learn, retain and associate word meanings by sound, some may learn as many as ten or more words a day, especially those who have parents that spend time teaching word sounds and associated meanings. The same is true regardless of native language.
In similar fashion, single words are used when training dogs; "sit, stay, wait and outside" are typical of the first words dogs learn to understand by associating the sound of a complete word with an action or desired command. With word association training, there is no doubt dogs could learn the command "Sit" in Morse code just as easily as the spoken word.
The WØUCE teaching method enables using Morse code as a language from day one through the end of a training period which averages one to two months depending upon the amount of time devoted to learning. This method starts by learning to hear and recognize just three letters T, E & A then immediately progress to two letter groups, three letter groups, three letter words, short phrases then on to longer phrases and complete sentences. Individuals learn to hear, recognize, understand and retain what is being sent without need for paper or pencil to write anything down thus, they become conversant in Morse at a faster pace than any other teaching methods. Students start at a 20 word per minute minimum speed which is quickly increased in small increments. Most students become proficient in receiving and sending Morse in the 20 - 30 wpm range in sixty-days or less. Individual success is based on several requirements:
•Students must have a sincere desire to learn and become proficient in receiving and sending Morse code •Students must dedicate themselves to 30 -45 minute training sessions by arrangement with their instructor •Students must commit to at least 30 minute homework practice periods a day, seven days a week •Students will be asked to forget and ignore previous learning methods they may have tried
Learning Morse as a Language eliminates the agony of memorization, counting dits or dahs or frustrations associated with slower Morse code teaching methods. Students learn on an interactive basis, just as infant learn to talk and immediately use Morse as a language which prevents and overcomes a number of common problems and frustrations associated with learning at slow speed, listen only methods. Learning Morse as a language also improves proficiency for those with experience but may have problems to include:
•Anticipating what is being sent •Counting Dits and Dahs •Dit and Dah Transposition •Inability to break bad habits •Inability to copy behind •Inability to distinguish character timing •Lack of confidence •Loss of attention •Mental fatigue •Memorization vs. hearing words •Problems increasing speed •Writing each letter as it is heard
Teaching and Learning Morse Code Reference Materials
Explanation of Iambic Mode A & B Keying
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Morse Song & OOVOO Overviews
All about sending with a straight key
Adjusting and sending with a Bug
AA9PW Morse Code Practice & Exam Tool
Zen and the Art of Radio Telegraphy
Is Morse code a language by WJ9B
Overcoming Common Problems
History of the Telegraph in Communications
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