Learning Braille as a senior project.

No can do

Unfortunately, I was not able to get a hold of Harry Potter in Braille. Nor any book, for that matter. The reason is because of the Braille “grades” I mentioned in a previous post. Most Braille books contain contracted (Grade 2) Braille, which is basically a form of shorthand Braille used to reduce the number of cells used for each word. For example, with uncontracted Braille, the word “and” has 3 cells – one for each letter. With contracted Braille, there’s actually already a specific dot cell formation for the word, precisely because it’s used so often. While not all words have contracted forms (pronouns don’t, for example), it requires an additional memorization of words and endings.


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