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Whats the best program to learn typing?

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There's also CRIMSONLAND with a typing mode (one of my all time favorite games)

I just finished the online free version of the shark typer as well
Normal Mode, Level 20, Score 1142116
Time 49:11, WPM 66, Accuracy 91%
Rank Salvage master

There is a feature you can use in the shark game to help you out, SPACEBAR, pauses the game and you can still see all the sharks! helps in the really touch situations... and apparently you can keep typing even when the shark is offscreen, so you have split second at times to save the teddy bear look a like diver :)

I'd like to share with you how I learned to touchtype. Learning about the Das Keyboard(, I decided to sand the markings on my keyboard to have my own cheap Das Keyboard-like-keyboard. Being fast at hunt-and-peck typing, I was mistaken into thinking that I already knew where each key was and I that I would be able to type without the key markings. I was so wrong, and instead of swapping the keyboard (I have so many), I decided to learn touchtyping. I used Accutype  to learn. The thing I liked about it is that it won't allow you try another exercise untill you reach a certain level of accuracy.

slight hi-jack of thread.. :) is there any typing program that is fun and educational for toddlers?

I have several angles on this.

* I learned to type using some ancient programs that you could feed any text file in to, and it would scroll a little window through the file that displayed perhaps 10 characters at a time at whatever speed you wanted.  You then had to type the letters as they appeared.  As long as you were going along with what was visible in the box, you were in good shape.  I forget what the program was called, but I thought it did a good job of teaching me, and I would love to know what it was if anyone knows of it.

* At some point in college, I began learning an alternative to QWERTY:  It took me perhaps two years off and on to get really good with this (with normal computer usage, no typing practice software).  If you're just learning to touch type, I would recommend taking a good look at this layout as I believe it is more efficient.  It also has the added bonus of frustrating interlopers who try to use your PC, and making you look super geeky.  It's easy to switch KB layouts in Windows and Linux alike.

* Anyway, when I was learning Dvorak, I printed this out and put it above my keyboard:  I thought that worked really well.  Just place your hands in the proper position and reference the paper when you need to.  That way, your fingers are memorizing the motion patterns for letters and words at the same time your mind is memorizing where they are located and which finger to use.

The locations of the various symbols common to programming make some languages easier.  The only major drawback is re-learning where Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V are :-)

Somewhere I have a retail copy of Mavis Beacon (it may be a version or two behind the current edition) at home.  If I can find it, I'd be happy to send it to you.  I installed it, tried it out a couple of times, and decided that it wasn't for me.



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