Beginners Practicing

In one of my various texts, is suggests that for practice, you write the outline of a word on top of the word in the newspaper — does anyone actually do this?
One of the shorthand sites has a similar kind of thing, and I forget which:
You print out a sheet which has a story or letter or article, which is triple spaced, and write your outlines between the lines.
I’ve been doing this and finding it helpful — does anyone else do it?
And how do you write OK in Gregg — my DJS dictionary doesn’t have it.

(by sidhetaba for everyone)

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  1. I do that sometimes, when I'm bored.  However, I don't recommend doing that until one knows the basis of the system.  At the beginning, one is learning the rudiments — newspaper articles have words that still you haven't learned.  The vocabulary in beginning shorthand books is programmed so that you apply the principles with common words.  Practice first with those passages.  However, if you want to use the news, a way of doing this kind of self-dictation though is by writing in shorthand only the words that you have learned, or the ones that represent the application of a principle.  I'm not so sure that by going repeatedly to the dictionary to look out for the words you don't know, you will memorize the outlines.  But, your mileage may vary, and if it helps you, then go ahead.
    Another thing: don't rely on this type of self-dictation for increasing speed.  While it is good for getting acquainted with a passage, it doesn't replace a dictator or a recorder for actual dictation practice.   What is the outline for OK?  It is "o – k." 

  2. Well, that's damning it with faint praise "when i'm bored" but thanks, Brian & Chuck. I usually try to figure out the outline if i don't know it, but always check in my handy miniature DJS dictionary, which is white and only 3 by 4 inches. I take it everywhere! I get about 70 percent right, and then practice the correct outlines of the ones i get wrong.

  3. DJ like Disc Jockey? I'm not sure I'm writing any orthodox version of Gregg.
    In 1965, when I first learnt Gregg, no book was available in Switzerland. I had to take notes from an encyclopaedia. It was probably Simplified. After that, I could buy a copy of the Simplified version, second hand from an American secretary in Freiburg, Germany.

    Must be another Mark. How many Marxs are we?

  4. Should we call you Marx 1, 2, 3, 4…nay…let's DEFINITLY do this the C++ way. Marx[0], Marx[1], Marx[2]…OKAY! So a drunk programmer walks into a bar holding up 3 fingers…"FOUR shots please!!" HAHA! (Marc^3'll get that…and that's enough for me!) Or maybe we should do like a "Mr Marx" "Sir Marx" "Duke Marx" "Marx Brother" and "Marx, Karl"…I'd be Joseph Stalin…but every time I thought "Stalin" I'd think "stalling" and I'd take a short break from typing whenever I typed it…but I don't think that translates very well over the internet…so I'll just stay psetus the Tyler. But seriously, you Marx needa get your acts together and yourselfs straightened out! Cause you sure aren't making it easy for us! As a matter of fact, I just got an e-mail from a good ol' Marc…a Marc S…and I'm not 100% sure which this is! lol…hoo r u? (Love that cat-a-pillar)   So for all you quick readers out there, sorry I typed this one so slowly, I'm trying to give the slower readers a chance to catch a word or two in my usual blur of typing : ) ./[tyler]   PS(etus) Mark…I loved your closing sentance! "How many Marxs are we?" Ooo! That's why I wake up, get out of bed in the morning, and make it to the end of the day! *applaud*

  5. Since we're on the topic of practice material and since my February posting to Shorthand^3 was lesson 1 from the original Functional Method manual, did anyone else find it REALLY difficult to write that sustained material a a decent speed?  Or have I lost it completely?  (Be warned!  I'll change the text come March 1!)   Marc  

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