Playing Cards at an Interview
Using Suspense
That old debate about superior methods, yours
A Reasoned Order for Letters
Graphicly Relating Similar Sounds
Elaborate Songs about Phonics
Better Letter Names
Can Verbal Information come through Colour?
Changes I plan to make

Ninety percent of art in teaching reading lies in a teacher reading it first.
--Brenda Thompson, Reading Success, P.109, (tersened).

Hookt on foniks wurks fer me :) Sometimes, I do not spell, and I especially hate the standard spelling for a line-up or kyuu; no wonder only computer scientists and Britons know that word well. George Orwell told us to use small words. It almost follows that you will be using old words that everyone knows, instead of new words for old things.

Playing Cards at an Interview

I hav interviewed less than ten people, using a hand-marked deck of playing cards. I begin by laying out my cards in sorted order, along with one of four parts to my best song (according to my estimate of beauty, not ease), naming cards on the discard pile. I then shuffle my cards and proceed with a simple eksersize in sorting cards. From top to bottom, card suits go: rock, plant, flesh, tool; diamonds, clubs, hearts, spades. Without a rock (minerals) no plant would be. Without a plant, no flesh would be. Without flesh, no tool would be. That iz top to bottom order. I do not usually sort royalty cards: kings, queens, or jacks. I use aces for ones. From left to right it goes ace to ten. My new decks feature zeros, so it will be zero, ace, to nine. Notice that you could make any number from zero to 9999 with such a deck.

My auditor does that sorting, one card at a time. Az her table fills out, I adjust rows and columns, az she would be guessing how much space should be between three and seven, if those were her first two cards to place on a table in sorted order. I hav made other corrections. This game iz about audience participation. It iz not really a test, although some people might recognize it az a short cousin of Solitaire. I could point out flawz in a sorting and ask for corrections, and I do not want to shake anybody's confidence, because that iz a major factor in whether someone would feel like learning one of my songs. This iz the fastest way to sort cards by hand, akin to radix sort: Notice that you would consider each card only once, and space required iz about two times a number of keys (cards) to sort; linear growth.

It iz usually at this point that I point to each card while I sing another part to Saffron Karaoke Quartet. After that, I tell people how to ensure that my cards are right-side-up. Consonants in my new decks hav strokes in upper or lower right-hand corners; leftward symbols to contrast with my tables.

Correspondingly, a pattern iz in my vowels that lets you get them right-side up. Some crudeness iz in this description: You would know what I mean if you were looking at my hard vowels. Start with a mirrored, lower-case aych. That iz my symbol for a leftward ay. Rotate your lower three strokes counter-clockwize to get an ee. Rotate it counter-clockwise to get an awee (I). With a corner in the middle of the bottom stroke, rotate the left-most three strokes counter-clockwise. That yields an oh. In your fourth transform, rotate the left half of your letter niinty degrees counter-clockwise. That yields an uu when you blank out the bottom stroke. Soft vowels are upside-down from hard vowels. Whispered hisses are upside-down from voiced hisses. Voiced stops are upside-down from whispered stops.

Only repertoire distinguishez a singer and a trained singer: Church choristers and professional singers hav repertoire. At this point, I hav a third opportunity to sing. I hav not always used it. Only once hav I asked anybody to sing a challenging song that she probably haz not heard before. My cards are prezented at this point, along with a DVD of my longest quartet. Do not ask me what it iz worth. If somebody's cheque for this bounces, I will probably just not come back. It would be enough to know that my logo iz waiting in somebody's house, so some time down this road, somebody might be inspired to reach me, or my material and learn it (or at least about it) without me. A great thing about repeat business iz that a customer can turn into an interviewer.

You might ask if "interviewer" iz really a good word for a singing seller.

Q: What iz the difference between Vuu and Fuh?
A: (Shrug)
Q: One iz voiced and one iz whispered. Which iz voiced?
A: Vuu.
Q: (Points to vuu, then fuh). Vuu, fuh.

Nine pairs of consonants separate into those two categories. One pair iz not English. This interview iz very introspective, and it continues with those other nine pairs. Songs increase interest, and nothing quite like the Socratic Method az applied to linguistics. Buy the weigh, the Socratic Method works much better in mathematics than politics. Socrates was able to explain Euclid's definition of parallel to a slave with questions. A ten year old (and perhaps less) can answer questions like above, and yet it iz material rarely covered before university. Many people get Teh and Dee wrong. Some people get Bay and Pah wrong. I reverse order of whispered and voiced a few times. The rest of that series, in order from front of mouth to back:

Bay and Pah
Dhoh and Thaw (Though and Thaw)
Dee and Teh
Zii and Sih
Zhee and Sheh (Zh being the sound common to usual, vision, and prestige)
Joh and Chaw
Guu and Kuh
Ghay (voiced, glottal hiss) and Khah (the sound in a Jerman "Buch").

Using Suspense

Thompson did not consider one thing that we hav had since VHS was competing with Beta for video tape market share, and that iz videos of many books in consumer hands. How would I use that?

Read through chapter: 1  23  45  67  89
View chapter:          12  34  56  78

Read one chapter. Watch two. Read two chapters. Repeat those last two instructions. That way, each task pulls ahead of the other in alternation. You can do it with half chapters to meet time constraints. Scenes and details are inevitably cut out of a movie. In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", for example, Tonks was written out of a screen play, and Luna took her bits. You can tell people that a book was better than a movie until you are blue in the face. Proving it works better. In the usual course of a school day, both tasks would be suspended.

Let me describe in detail what this would be like. While reading was ahead of a video, your imajination would be taxed, and your comprehension would be slow and low. While video showed that first chapter, things would connect and click. Some of those words you stumbled over would become clear. While a video was ahead of your reading, it would highlight major events that will occur in your reading to come. It would giv you clues about how to pronounce words, because it would enable you to predict them. During both tasks, rising action in a story, increasing tension between characters would increase your interest. Suspense iz an old effect with a new name. Plato or Socrates wrote about it.

Zeigarnik Effect refers to how suspending tasks increases retention. Lewin was able to show a two to one increase in memory for suspended tasks. It might be worth getting kids to start a sudoku, and giving them five minutes every hour to approach it, because it seems that recalling conclusions after a suspension doubles retention. Due to proactive inhibition, suspense works better when tasks contrast, which works out just fine when movies and books do not totally agree.

Limits on my Purpose in Fundamentals

Because of about three thousand frequently occurring "sight words" that make rules of their own, phonics iz incomplete. If an elementary school teacher does not teach phonics, then children will need to learn it on their own, and only bright ones will form good rules. The first rule iz that every child learn to ignore impatient demands that they sound out a word, because if they stumble, then it iz probably because they do not understand what they are reading. "What does it sound like? What does it mean?..." One can often tell that another comprehends writing from tone.

Phonics iz essential, so essential that an alphabet song iz probably responsible for a lot of basic literacy. Did I improve upon it? It iz good to take more than one approach, because no basis for comprehending written words covers all methods in which someone may learn despite her teacher. Ever since closed captioning, it haz been entirely possible for children to learn to read, with little help from parents, before starting school.

My Search for a Reasoned Order for Letters

began in about 1996 with an order for letters that made more sense than the Roman alphabet you know. Actually, that was only when I put them into a table and determined that a lot of people should know about phonoglyphic order. My discovery that other orders are for letters came from reading a Harry Lorayne book on mnemonics in about 1994. It also began az a linear alphabet that iz one long line. Later, in late 1997, when I was an internet fledgeling, I concluded that two ways were to order consonants. One iz from back of mouth to front. Another order relates voiced consonants (Vee for example) to whispered consonants (like Fuh).

I chose both. In a table, consonants are ordered labial, dental, palatal, then glottal in columns rightward. Odd rows are voiced. Even rows are whispered consonants. Two rows (five and six) in my colour table are hisses, while stops are on two bottom rows. Imprecision in that table: Hii (aych) iz no tone-bearer, voiced hisses bear tone, and voiced stop consonants do not bear tone very long.

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones.”
-― Niccolò Machiavelli

Graphicly Relating Similar Sounds

followed naturally from phonoglyphic order and az few rules az I could come up with in a radical font, which iz double-mapped from Shavian, mainly because if someone finds my font without documentation, then Shavian names will illustrate my intentions in regyuhlr speLing (opposed to standard spelling). My font iz slightly smaller than Shavian, because I did not make glyphs for two vowels that lead an awR. I mean to imply thoze vowelz, az standard English does. For you to hear what I mean if you do not pronounce the following words with a rhotic (North American) accent iz very hard: "Air", "ear", "ire", "oar", "uur" You may notice a vowel similar to a schwa intervenes between a hard vowel and an awR in those words; same with these mostly non-words: "Ahr", "err", "ihr", "awR", and "uhr", except a letter name haz its own vowel, and it iz very much like a soft oh. I count two vowels that lead an awR, and I do not speL them.

Roman fonts contain Arabic numerals that are more precise in music, especially harmony, than Roman letters and numerals. Strangely enough, ten dijits was an east Indian invention.

Voiced and whispered counterparts in consonants are upside-down from each other. Hard (long) and soft (short) vowels are also upside down from each other. Recent versions of Saffron Karaoke (Roman, now a quartet, and perhaps to become a quintet) contain a note about my realization that awEE (I) iz actually a dipthong (conjugated vowel). The most arbitrary parts in my font's natural order are in Lay, Yeh, Hai, Waw, and Ruu; semivowels, which are consonants that are so difficult to distinguish from vowels that three in the middle of that list are commonly confused with vowels (in French, Waw iz spelt with vowels), while Asians meld Lay and Ruu. Nasals are in the same order az other consonants, with one flaw, that being my schwa iz among nasals. That choice was for neatness in my colour table and my mirroring eksersize (good for any artist). I could either make one group of vowels six letters long, or stick a vowel where it does not really belong, and since all other groups contain four or five members, I chose to stick a schwa (as in "put", "could" and "cook") where it does not belong.

Using Music to Increase Interest

Thirty-five sounds are in English, not twenty-two. My most recent song on this topic iz a bridge to legacy; New names; familiar order. You might notice a Chaw in place of a "letter see". That iz how Italians use it in "Cello" and a few other words that are also English. A Guu iz in place of Jee. I do not pronounce Qay az Kay. It iz a voiced glottal hiss in the name "Marghoob", and Tim Horton's catch-phrase "Roll up the Rim to Win". Ruu and Qay might be the sole example, except for em and en, of where Romans placed two similar-sounding letters together, those being a growl and awR. I doubt that, since it would put growls in some unlikely places within latin. In other words, it iz likely that assigning Qay to growling, which iz frequently heard for awRs in some Spanish speakers, does not reprezent Latin assignments. Conversely, using Xah to reprezent the sound common to a Scottish "Loch" and a Jerman "Buch" iz not new: That iz what eks means in IPA and TeX (open source graphics pakajez).

The first song I used for my glyphs was "Morning haz Broken", with English words from Eleanor Fargeon, and its melody being ancient Gaelic (public domain), except for a bridge that iz probably from Cat Stevens, and since my lyrics are longer, I needed that bridge.

My second song iz an adaptation of "Born Free" with a different beat and more length. Eleven verses are in "Morning haz Broken" --three from Fargeon, four from a contributor to "Voices United", and four more from a Scout. That might get boring after about five, so I think it needs nine variations. I suspect that if I pose them correctly in relation to each other, then "Born Free" can work az duet harmony for "Morning haz Broken".

My third song iz in four parts, and I am not sure that I cannot improve upon my arrangement. Two parts of Pavlov 4 Cybersocial Birds (P4CB) are in a call and answer format that signifies blues. Two parts in P4CB went into my fourth video, which iz harder than I want. My idea for making it easier to sing probably demands more range, because I hav a fifth part written. My four part version five will probably stand with colour corrections and a better semblance of karaoke in my full-screen version. P4CB serves the same purpose az my first two videos, except that its tune iz more difficult for having more irregularities of timing. You might ask where Pavlov comes into that video; paired stimuli.

Naming letters to carry over noise

Jee, See, Kyuu, and Eks awr redundant naymz fohr letterz.

Alpha, Tango, Bravo. You probably heard letters from that phonetic alphabet, which police, military personnel, and pilots use, before. My names are one syllable with the same effect; clarity over noise. What pattern iz in vowels attached to consonants? Hard vowels, Soft, Hard in reverse, Soft in reverse. That way, Vuu, Fuh, Bay, and Pah end up with different vowels attached, so they sound much more distinct than Vee, eF, Bee, and Pee. You can get the idea from filling out a mirroring eksersize based upon roman letters you know.

Colouring Letters

was an afterthought to make videos more interesting. My colouring scheme became maximally, and perhaps provably, systematic in my tables in early 2010. P4CB is now up to date with colouring. My video for legacy (connecting my work with what you know) will be up to date regarding colour in its first version.

My objective in colouring iz a minor one that I will eventually test upon myself with a Java applet that regularizes English spelling before turning it into text that iz nothing but circles upon squares of one colour upon another. I might be able to make a reading puzzle out of a public domain, project Gutenberg short story or collection of poetry in which some letters are replaced with phonoglyphs, some letters are replaced with coloured circles upon squares, and yet text contains enough roman letters that most English speakers can read it; strateejik replacements. A colorfont package iz for MikTex (a very sophisticated publishing package) that I might be able to adapt for such purposes az colouring roman letters in an automatic and efficient way other than rendering text az graphics and manually colouring it like I am currently doing. Expect me to write more PDF in the future, because it iz far beyond HTML to do such things, and even JavaScript iz not easily equipped with shaded fills.

Things to perform, and ongoing tasks

Things to do
Can Verbal Information Come Through Colour
Better Letter Names
Elaborate Songs about Phonics
Graphicly Relating Similar Sounds
A Reasoned Order for Letters
That old debate about superior methods, yours
Using Suspense
Playing Cards at an Interview

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