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IamA Court Reporter. I use a shorthand language to type at speeds potentially over 300+ words per minute. AMA!

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this is what our keyboard layout looks like

So the missing keys, you just ignore those letters?

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Oh, when you said shorthand language, I thought you meant you ignore some of the more useless letters, I didn't realize it's an entirely new language

Cool

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What was the most memorable thing you've experienced on your job as a court reporter?

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How long was the learning/school process? I have to do a lot of transcribing at my job & am looking to speed things up.

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So typing on that is basically like learning a new language right? Does it have any other uses outside of court and tv transcribing?

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I am a medical/legal transcriptionist looking to move into this field. What are the pros and cons? Did you need a degree, or a certificate?

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are there any automatic transcription services you think may make this obsolete in the future?

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100% accurate? That's a bold claim

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What are your favorite subreddits?

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I follow minor league hockey. I hate what has happened to the NHL in the last several years.

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Team moving, division realignment, playoff seedings, Bettman still has his job, I disagree with the Las Vegas addition, the coyotes situation, the lack of effort of getting minorities in interested in the sport so much to list.

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How many years do you think you want to do this job?

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Do they call lawyers barristers in Canada? Is the legal system 50% like that of England's and 50% of the USA's?

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I mean 50 & 50 , like in what ways are the procedures, terms,Customs, laws similar to England, which are similar to the USA. Canada is loyal to queen and likes to model stuff after England but the USA closeby for news and a model on how to, I think this might have been how your legal system evolved am I wrong?

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Isn't she on your money ?

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Do you use a stenographer machine for everyday typing? It has to obliterate a regular keyboard's typing speed, I would think.

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Are you a fan of the Blue Jays, Argonaut, Toronto FC, Toronto Raptors?

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How do you not get distracted?

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What are your favorite pizza toppings?

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How did you type "reddit" in the proof if there is no I key? Is there a key that will just go through all the letter of the alphabet if you need it?

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I stumbled across this and when I looked at your links I was immediately fascinated! I am an exceptionally fast typer on the QWERTY keyboard (my employers over the years have always commented on it). That said:

Does being a great typist on a regular QWERTY keyboard make it easier to learn the steno machine? Do you think piano players have an edge in learning this skill?

Thanks so much for making me think about something I previously knew nothing about!

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How often do you have trouble hearing the proceedings and what do you do when can hear somebody?

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You can just interrupt the court to say please speak up?

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Do you have to identify yourself in the transcript when you interrupt? And how do you label "inaudibles" (I am a "regular" transcriptionist and work with pre-recorded mp3 files and a foot pedal) to go back and fill in later? Do you get to re-watch or re-listen to the proceedings afterwards before you turn in the final transcript? Thanks!

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Hi there, I'm a journalist from the UK and I was intrigued by this.

I learn Teeline shorthand and can handwrite at 100wpm. I had no idea that this existed and I think it's pretty amazing so props to you!

Obviously, our skills are quite different but also similar in a odd sort of way.

Do you tend to work with journalists with quotes/transcriptions in the US? Or is it something they tend to sort themselves? Of course, the court systems in both countries are quite different.

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Aside from talking too fast, what are some habits/tendencies lawyers have that make transcribing more difficult for you?

On the flip side, Is there anything attorneys have done to make your job easier?

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Have you ever tried a GKOS chorded keyboard or app? If so how would you compare that to the keyboard you use professionally?

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