New to Shorthand: Intro & ?

Hi Everyone,
I’ve just started learning Gregg Shorthand–on my own of course because that seems to be the only way to learn now.  I’ve been practicing a bit with the Anniversary (?) edition that is online. The Unit 2 Dictation Trascription exercise begins with the name Henry Hale.  Both first name and last name contain double hash marks under the middle of the words.  What do they mean?  No explanation in the text so far.  TIA for any help.
Learning shorthand has been an interesting mental challenge.  I began hoping that it would help me in taking meeting minutes and writing short notes of telephone conversations, but have learned that it will take quite a while to learn it well enough to use for such lengthy notes.  The idea of learning another dying art (along with knitting and soapmaking ) was intriguing also.  Being able to write notes that few other living people (at least where I work) can read is just an added benefit .
Tera in Mn

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  1. Double dash under means capital letter.  Can be even in the middle of a sentence.  Sometimes proper names or names at the beginning are not indicated this way, but can be.  It's on Page 18 just under the Punctuation and over the #6 Sentence Drill.  Just a short 2 sentence paragraph.

  2. Thanks.  I don't actually have a printed copy of the book; I work from the PDF version too.   I've been working in the Simplified book that I bought and the Anniversary version that is posted online.  So far they have been the same so it hasn't caused any confusion.  Do you think it will hurt to study both simultaneously?    I actually like that the vowel sounds are marked in Anniversary.  It saves me from having to guess whether the exercises are talking about rates or rats ect.  Does this get easier?

  3. I think it'd be a better idea to pick one and learn it thoroughly. If you choose Anniversary, be prepared to do a *lot* more memorizing and work in the long-run, but be able to read most of the other systems without studying them.

    If you do Simplified, expect less work but a little getting used to with the vowels. I've been learning Simplified, and after a little bit, the fact that the vowels aren't marked is no problem at all. I can read at about 60-70wpm just fine (faster than I can write!).

    Good luck to whichever you choose 🙂 You're welcome to correspond with me either way.

  4. I agree, start with one.  The Simplified would be easier as you have the book and it is easier to learn.  Then you can learn Anniversary if you want, although not necessary.  Or you can start with Anniversary and then you will find Simplified fairly easy to read with minimal learning (if any).  And you will learn how to know the differences in outlines as you learn. Debbi

  5. Hello!   Are you learning Gregg shorthand?  It is very easy once you know the basic.  Try to memorize phrases.  In taking minutes, it is very easy.  All you need to do is practice… Well, I am talking about Gregg. I learned Gregg, and it is what I use when I take minutes.  Have fun!

  6. I am learning Gregg Simplified.  It's been about 2 weeks now averaging 1 hour per day of practice.  Eventually it shouldn't seem so strange, but right now I'm still struggling with the basics like writing my own name!  Those meeting minutes will be scrawled in longhand for the foreseeable future.  😉   The Simplified dictionary should be in the mailbox tonight.  That should definitely help.

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