How do I go about learning Braille?
August 31, 2012 8:15 PM Subscribe
Does anyone have experience learning to read braille (using my fingers)? How difficult is it?
posted by Struan to education (8 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
It may sound strange, but I am interested in learning how to read braille with my fingertips.
My motivation is twofold:
1) I like learning things and challenging my brain, so this would actually be fun for me
2) I think it could actually be useful to me... I could still read in an extremely noisy environment (like my daily train commute) without getting dizzy.
If this article is correct (http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2010/10/04/boston_nonprofit_building_kindle_to_the_blind/) they might even be building a "Braille Kindle"!
I haven't found many online communities for this (I guess I'm in the super minority), and Grade-2 Braille seems quite challenging... is reading Braille fluently something that can be done within a year in my free time? Or is it more of a full-time endeavor that takes years to master?
And once one learns to read English Braille, is learning Spanish, Chinese, Korean Braille easier to learn?
I would love to hear from people who have attempted to this!