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Hello all, just a newbie adding to the experiences section.
When I started this, I was qwerty ~75WPM. I kind of decided to learn colemak on
accident after realizing the new pok3r I purchased had built in support for the
colemak layout. The first few days of progress were really rough, I was watching
lord of the rings and would just try to type dialog when it came up to get used
to the feel. I quickly found https://www.keybr.com/ which helped immensely --
the gamification of unlocking the next letter was really motivating. Still, it
took me about 2 weeks to unlock the whole alphabet there (~35WPM, but nonsense
words so didn't quite apply to daily use). Very early on I found colemak-dh,
effectively I've not used vanilla colemak (modded pok3r board to get dh).
After unlocking the alphabet on keybr I found out that the site 10fastfingers
has a section where you can unlock the top 1000 most common words in your
language, 50 words at a time. It has a pretty high bar for a newbie at 50WPM so
it was VERY slow going at first -- again having something to gamify my progress
helped though. I'm still going through these sections, because daily use became
tolerable so I slowed practice. When I type qwerty now I notice my left hand
going everywhere. Hand rolls truly are comfy in colemak-dh land.
I'm a big fan of emacs+evil/use it in my day to day. On colemak-dh an initial
major pain point were the j and k keys. l and h still made sense. I ended up
doing a NEKJ rotation: n is j, e is k, k is n, j is e (I do not use e in vim
that much so that makes sense to me). I'm also one of those weirdos who used fd
as the ESC key -- finding an OK replacement for that on the colemak-dh homerow
was hard! I ended up using tn as my new ESC pair. You can view my changes in the
links at the bottom.
-> Current speed and thanks
I measure on 10fastfingers -- I am currently able to comfortably type at ~55wpm,
and my record is 76wpm on there a few times, I'm pretty happy with the progress
and look forward for the rest of the muscle memory to fall into place. Thanks to
everyone who posts here and provides resources and mapping scripts. It helped
inspire me and allowed me to smoothly test this layout on windows and linux.
- 2.5 months
- started qwerty 75wpm
- colemak 55 wpm, with occasional 75wpm hits
- I can feel the difference in hand comf
- https://10fastfingers.com/, the top 1000 words section (after you get ~45 WPM)
vim and emacs changes:
- https://github.com/neeasade/dotfiles/se … &q=colemak