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How to learn Dscript

learning to read and write Dscript, like any written language, can not be accomplished overnight, it requires many hours invested before one can read and write without referring to the manual. Most people don't have much appreciation for how long it takes to actually learn basic language components such as an alphabet. Anyone with children should have a better idea of how much time a person spends in his childhood just learning basic language foundational skills. Luckily for Dscript users the language is already known, it is just a new writing system that must be learned, unlike learning a new western language, Spanish for example, where the writng system is already known (Spanish uses an alphabet almost identical to that of english) but the language is new(different words, grammar, structure, etc..).

Someone who decides to learn Dscript should also remember that there are many instinctive and unconscious reflexes that require years to build up. A good example of such reflex skills is a classic trick like the following:

"Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe"

Your brain will analyze the first and last letter, length of word, other key component letters, etc.. and "guess" what the word is without you actually have to read it one letter at a time. It is skills like this that allow us to skim and speed read. Such reflexive skills should also be able to be acquired by Dscript readers, although they may find these skills easier or harder to train due to the unique characteristics of Dscript, but as of now no one, not even myself, has used Dscript long enough to make any conclusions on this matter. I hypothesize that Dscript will show increased speed reading speeds with less practce compared to standard roman script if practiced on a consistent standard where words are written in one or few forms, but if words are written using random forms for each appearance the learning and end effectiveness of such skills may be less than that of standard Roman script.

The best way to practice Dscript is to "doodle" while otherwise occupied such as when on the phone, waiting for something or bored in a meeting/class ;) .


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Dscript by Matthew DeBlock is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
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