# [access-uk] Re: Applying for Braille courses, for a friend

• From: "Gerald Locke" <gerald.locke@xxxxxxxxxx>
• To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
• Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:01:04 +0100
```Hi,

Easy to teach yourself Braille as follows:
Braille is composed out of six dots in two columns containing three dots.
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Dot 1 is atop the first column followed by dots 2 and three. Dot four tops the second column followed by dots five and six. The first ten letters of the Braille alphabet are composed from dots 1, 2, 4, and five as follows: A is just dot 1, B dots 1 and 2, C dots 1 and 4, D dots 1, 4, and 5. E dots 1 and 5, F dots 1, 2, and 4, G dots 1, 2, 4, 5,
```,H dots 1, 2, and5, I dots 2 and 4, J dots2, 4, and 5.
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If , using coins or buttons, or better still, a Perkins Brailler, the first ten letters are composed as above in a straight line, then by adding dot 3 to the above patterns, gives the second ten letters of the Braille alphavet:e,g, K is dots 1 and 3, L dots 1, 2, and three. The last six letters are composed by adding dot six to the second ten Braille letters, except for the W as there is no W in French.
```Example:
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U is dots 1, 3, and six, V is dots 1, 2, 3, and6, W is dots 2, 4, 5, and 6. X is dots 1, 3, 4, and six, Y is dots 1, 3, 4, 5, and six, Z is dots 1, 3, 5, and six.
```As seen, W does not follow the same pattern as the rest!
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If your friend can beg, borrow, or . . . a Perkins Brailler, touching the dot patterns will aid the learning of the touch for reading.
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Kind regards,

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Gerry.
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