A few random thoughts for those interested in learning Morse code: (1) Samuel F. B. Morse did not invent Morse code. Nor did he envision receiving the code by ear. We owe both of those achievements to Alfred Vail. (2) If you want to learn Morse code, there are some things to take with you into the learning experience. One is the Koch Method of Morse Code Instruction. The WWW is the place to go to learn about Koch. The Farnsworth method is another vital twist in code instruction. Again, the WWW... (3) More keys to easy learning...learn the sound patterns of the letters, numbers, and symbols, NOT the dot/dash symbols on a flashcard or chart or any other printed display of dots and dashes. It would be best if you never looked at the dot/dash patterns ever. Learn by ear only, not by eye. As one expert put it, "don't try to teach the ears through the eyes." (4) If you are pessimistic about your ability to learn to be a Morse code operator, four-year old children have succeeded. They could not write what they received, but that did not keep them from learning to hear and understand Morse code messages. (5) The very best telegraphers could receive at a speed greater than 80 words per minute. Don't think you can do it? Thousands and thousands learned to operate at a speed sufficient to earn a living as a telegrapher, or to pass the old-old code test for an Amateur Extra class license from the FCC. Among "average" telegraphers, 20 wpm is slow. If they could do 40 or 50 wpm, you can do 20 wpm with a bit of effort. (6) If you become proficient in receiving and sending Morse code, chances are that you will develop a love for it. This was the finding of one author (William G. Pierpont) who researched the subject, and who interviewed many expert telegraphers in the process, putting his findings on paper in a book entitled "THE ART AND SKILL OF RADIO-TELEGRAPHY." (7) If you think you might develop an affection for Morse code and telegraphy, either land-line, or radio, the book cited above is a good read. Another is "ZEN AND THE ART OF RADIOTELEGRAPHY." Both books have sections devoted to helping a prospective operator learn the necessary skills. (8) If the bug bites you, and infects you with the desire to re-live the history of commercial telegraph, a great story is told by George Campbell in his book "GOOD NIGHT OLD MAN." (9) Your computer, tablet, or smart phone can help you learn Morse code. Some hints on where to find programs or apps: On the web, G4FON, LCWO.net, and others which you can find with Google. Mobile apps: Morse Code Trainer (Android), IZ2UUF Morse Koch CW (Android), Codeman (iOS), Morse Elmer (iOS). The last two are favorites of mine. There are more apps available, and more being developed as time goes on.