Need help deciphering

Hello. I’m trying to learn shorthand on my own with a Anniversary edition book. I think I’m learning it but I am starting to have some difficulty with the reading and dictation practice section. I have no way of knowing whether I am deciphering it correctly. Right now I’m on exercise 13, Chapter 1, Unit 1. Can someone let me know if I’m deciphering it correctly. Here’s a link to a pdf of the book itself.

So far I have:
“A day here in the good air will add   ?   ?   here   ?  well, can he hear me? The hat lay there an hour. Ere   ?   air won’t go well here. Aim well;   ?   may go in an hour…”
The first word I’m having trouble with looks like it is a combination of e and r. The second word I have no clue, but the third looks like an e and m combination. The fourth a g and an a. The fifth uses a hyphen but I don’t think hyphen means what I thought it did. Isn’t a hyphen a – ? Perhaps it is something different in shorthand…
If anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it. I really want to learn shorthand. Does anyone know of any place online (perhaps) where I can find solutions to these exercises? Thanks.

(by b_cubed7 for everyone)

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  1. Your first sentence you are misreading one of the words.   "A day here in the good air will aid her." "I cannot hear him well, can he hear me?" "Her gay air will not go well here." "I am willing; Emma may go in an hour."   When you come to an outline you can't read, spell the characters out.  "R-a, ray; d-a, day; a-r, air."  One thing they don't tell you is that sometimes they leave off the "h" dot.  The hyphen in shorthand is much like the capitalization — two little dashes one over the other.    Keep plugging.  These are the early lessons and it can be a little confusing.  Reread the word lists and the brief forms.  You will do just fine.  🙂

  2. The manual is on the same site, in individual chapters on the right of the main page. Each chapter has a link at the bottom to the text key.

    This sort of thing is normal for new users. Hang in there.

    I needed to "fuzz" my "hearing", as if I were listening to a strong accent. Another member found "listening" to a Cockney accent helped. Often reading the entire sentence, or paragraph, then going back to the problem word helps. Sometimes I list each shape, then write each possible sound under each shape.

    Welcome to the group! Shorthand is a useful and fun skill, and much under-valued today.


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