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Hello all, this weekend I will be driving 11 hours to get to New Orleans where I will board a 7-day cruise. During this 11 hour trip my girlfriend has told me that she wants me to try to teach her how to solve the cube. I have tried this before and it almost always ends up in her being mad at me (lol). The reason for this is that she can't do the intuitive first 2 steps (mostly the first) of the Cross and the Corners and it frustrates her (therefore it is my fault... haha). Of course I try to give hints and teach her about edge orientation and notation of the cube and all that, but she doesn't understand the basic concept of how to turn an edge from the Middle layer to the D layer to put it in place.

Example:

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(It's not this exact case everytime, it's any piece of the cross. This is just an example.)

I do not know how to explain any further than to just say do F. (picture is rotated, I don't know why)

She understands once you make the move, but before hand she has no idea how to handle the above case. She is in no way stupid at all, I think it's quite the opposite, in fact. I think she over thinks it and weighs all the possible moves, but she is overwhelmed by all the colors and orientations and just the immense possibilities that her judgement is clouded and a case as easy as the above is extremely confusing without a little bit of experience.

And with corners, she can figure it out using the R U R' U' algorithm and a little bit of help with positioning the corner above the spot it needs to go. I haven't tried teaching any further then that yet because it becomes more algorithm dependent, and if she can't handle the intuitive part, I don't think she will be very well at the rest quite yet.

So my question is, how do you explain something this intuitive to someone? Do you just let them mess around with a cube for a little while so they can be comfortable with it first?

Example:

I do not know how to explain any further than to just say do F. (picture is rotated, I don't know why)

She understands once you make the move, but before hand she has no idea how to handle the above case. She is in no way stupid at all, I think it's quite the opposite, in fact. I think she over thinks it and weighs all the possible moves, but she is overwhelmed by all the colors and orientations and just the immense possibilities that her judgement is clouded and a case as easy as the above is extremely confusing without a little bit of experience.

And with corners, she can figure it out using the R U R' U' algorithm and a little bit of help with positioning the corner above the spot it needs to go. I haven't tried teaching any further then that yet because it becomes more algorithm dependent, and if she can't handle the intuitive part, I don't think she will be very well at the rest quite yet.

So my question is, how do you explain something this intuitive to someone? Do you just let them mess around with a cube for a little while so they can be comfortable with it first?