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Based on information from a friend, I downloaded this morning an excellent free audio transcription program: Express Scribe!

I have several audio sermons that I would like to transcribe and found that this software makes the task a lot easier. I praise God for this free resource!

By using various capabilities of BibleWorks 7, Microsoft Office Word 2007, and Microsoft Excel 2007, I recently created a unique resource that should prove helpful for learning the Spanish vocabulary words with marked accents that occur 50 or more times in the Reina-Valera 1960 New Testament (R60NT).

Using BW7, I generated a list of the 25,733 words that occur in the R60NT and their frequencies. Pasting that list first into Word and then into Excel, I created a spreadsheet in Excel that listed all the words in one column and their frequencies in the next column.

Sorting that list by frequency, I produced a list of the 1186 words that occur 50 or more times. Using various macros that I created[i] in Microsoft Visual Basic 6.5 in Excel, I then identified the 259 words that have a marked accent on them.

Each word was then analyzed to determine the following:

—Length of the word

—Syllables in the word

—Diphthongs in the word

—Which vowel was accented and its exact location in the word

—Final letter, final two letters, final three letters, and final four letters of each word

By sorting this data, I produced the following listing of the words that categorizes and alphabetizes[ii] them by number of syllables, word length, accented syllable, vowel accented, and final letters (1-4, as applicable), respectively:

Analysis of Words with a Marked Accent That Occur 50 or More Times in the R60NT

One Syllable:

Letters Words Alphabetically by Accented Syllable, Vowel, and Final Letters
2 dé  sé mí sí tú;
él
3 más

 

Two Syllables:

2
3 acá noé iré qué así oyó;
día mía oíd mío río oír aún
4 judá allá dará hará será dirá está daré haré seré josé esté allí leví sacó echó dejó tomó miró juró pasó mató cayó huyó jehú;
cuál amán cuán joás amén país león amón saúl;
días míos ríos sólo cómo;
ésta éste
5 habrá podrá quedó mandó llegó habló halló llamó reinó entró sentó llevó;
labán harán serán verán dirán basán están jamás demás harás serás dirás atrás rubén quién belén botín simón varón según algún jesús;
dónde;
ángel árbol éstas éstos
6 saldrá pondrá tendrá vendrá pondré;
jordán moisés hebrón ningún;
cárcel
7 tendrán vendrán pondrás tendrás

 

Three Syllables:

4 aquí esaú oído
5 caerá josué subió salió abrió hirió murió envió;
había hacía decía tenía venía maría impío aarón;
seáis elías caído;
oídos
6 tomará estará lavará comerá morirá vivirá jehová traeré jericó durmió cubrió volvió habitó apartó;
canaán caerán además efraín cabrío faraón simeón nación visión;
hagáis estáis habéis sabéis tenéis haréis seréis habían decían tenían josías traído judíos impíos cuándo;
líbano límite músico número;
ídolos
7 llevará volverá enviaré neftalí entregó levantó comenzó;
estarán comerán jonatán capitán satanás tomarás también manasés después porción reunión absalón salomón corazón;
prójimo;
cámaras cántico séptimo jóvenes púrpura;
ángeles árboles
8 engendró preguntó destruyó;
benjamín;
tendréis;
príncipe
9 destruiré;
príncipes

 

Four Syllables:

6 isaías
7 edificó sucedió; alegría todavía oración
8 extendió;
profecía posesión;
comeréis jeremías zacarías;
altísimo espíritu;
imágenes ejército
9 levantará descendió respondió;
jerusalén aflicción bendición expiación maldición salvación;
levántate;
ejércitos apóstoles
10 discípulos
11 destrucción

 

Five Syllables:

8 ezequías
9 aconteció;
sabiduría;
sedequías;
acuérdate
10 generación;
tabernáculo; primogénito
11 congregación
12 levantándose

 

Six Syllables:

11 abominación

 

I hope that this resource will help me and others to master the vocabulary of the R60NT and thereby in some way better minister to Spanish-speaking people!

 


[i] These macros are revisions of macros that I had originally created (with much help from my brother-in-law, Dr. Satya Narimetla, to whom I am very indebted for his help with that project) several years ago in a similar study of all the accented words in the Greek New Testament.

[ii] The words are alphabetized in this “reverse” way: by the last letter, last two letters, last three letters, and last four letters, respectively (as applicable), and then by the starting letter.

The Lord recently blessed me with the first new laptop that I have ever had. My Samsung R540-JA08 has already been a tremendous help to me in many ways!

I look forward greatly to how this tool will help me to minister much more effectively in the years ahead, D.V.

Praise God for answering prayer!

This year, I have been tutoring two young home school students in Math and Science. Because they need help learning their math facts, I made a worksheet with macros in it in Excel that randomly gives them 100 multiplication problems at varying speeds.

The program first puts two numbers in the first two boxes and then shows the answer after a specified amount of time.

Here is a picture of the sheet:

Multiplication facts table

 

 

 

 

 

The student can choose from four options:

Slower – gives them 3 seconds before showing the answer

Medium – two seconds before giving the answer

Harder – excludes the numbers 10 and 11

Instant – gives the answer at the same time as it puts the numbers up

Using this program, my goal is to get them to where they know well all their multiplication facts for 1 through 12 times 1 through 12.

Praise God for providing such useful features in Excel!

 

 

 

 

 

Today, I began working on increasing my reading speed. I decided to use a two-pronged approach.

First, using an audio MP3 CD with the KJV on it, I listened to Exodus 33-34 played by Windows Media Player on a high-speed setting of 2.000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

while I also read the same chapters in my open Bible.

Second, I used a computer program that I made to speed read the same chapters (approximately 1800 words) at a speed of 663 words per minute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At that speed, reading these chapters took me around 3 minutes to read.

Using this dual approach to read the Bible, my goal is to train both my eyes to read text faster and my ears to hear a faster rate of reading without any loss of comprehension in either way of receiving information. I hope to increase gradually my overall reading speed through this program so that I can read both important materials faster and less important materials even faster.

I also hope to speed listen to large sections of the Bible as a part of my exposing myself thoroughly to all the Scripture every year.

Game Timer!

August 30, 2011

I like games like Pictionary but find using the hourglass timer frustrating because you always have to wait for it to completely shift the sand from one end to the other. To solve that problem, I made this simple game timer in Excel (with some help from my brother-in-law).

To use the timer:

  1. In the cells next to the “Time Setting,” I set the time that I want to run the timer for (minutes, minutes and seconds, or seconds)
  2. I click on the “Timer” button to load the time.
  3. I click the “Timer” button to run the timer
  4. I click the “Timer” button again to reset the time

Good stuff!