Learning Anni

Now that I’ve decided to go for Anniversary, exactly what is the best way to learn? I like the idea of the “Functional” method, in that it allows for a lot of reading up front. So, what’s the best book(s) to buy? (One thing I really dislike about the simplified manual is that most of the reading exercises don’t have the actual text somewhere so I can check what I’m doing. Seems like a huge problem in terms of teaching style — I can’t understand why they did it that way.)

How can I tell if a book is Anniversary or not (many on ebay don’t mention a version).

And then for learning to write, what;s the best approach and book? Is it a case of lots of repetition of the same word/letter, the same way we all learned to write when we were five? Or is it better to try writing out whole sentences? Or what?


(by thomsk
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  1. Here's the (slightly modified) answer to a similar question that I posted awhile back:

    "Hi, Everything you need to learn Anniversary is located at http://gregg.angelfishy.net/ (see the PDF links on the left nav). Start by reading the Anniversary manual, and practicing examples as you go along. Read and reread, drill and redrill those sections you're unclear on. After you finish working through the manual, read though the Fundamental Drills and the Fables. (As your reading skills improve, write up your own 'translations' of the materials in these books, and test yourself by reverse-translating into GA.) At the same time, start doing your own writing exercises, making constant reference — as necessary — to the manual and to the Outlines and Phrases lists. These will give you a very solid foundation. There are many additional Speed Studies kinds of books to help you with anniversary (available at Amazon or through Ebay; look for items published before 1949). Reading through these will help reinforce the learning you've already done, and will introduce you to many new short forms (both words and phrases) that employ GA's abbreviating principles. But even if you only worked through the materials on on this website — and practiced your own writing — you would have pretty much everything you need to learn GA. The information you'll find in this chat room is also hugely helpful. Good luck!"

    To this I would add my strong second to the Functional Method recommendation. I've been working my way through those books (and the companion Functional Method Dictation volume). They're great books for self-study. You should also pick up a copy of the Gregg Shorthand Dictionary and the Gregg Shorthand Phrase Book, Anniversary editions.

  2. It looks like you've been given all the information you need.
    If you want to buy a book, yes you want the functional method. That has the key in the back (well half the second manual doesn't, by then you should be able to read almost all of it–the teachers manual has it but it's hard to come by). The little red book or the scanned copy on Angelfishy, is a good one too. it has the same information and learning as the functional method, just less because the "Gregg Speed Studies" book was to be used along with that manual and has bascially the same letters and articles as the Functional Method books (some what different and different learning), but no key.

    After trying to figure out an outline and you can, come here and we should be able to help.

  3. That's an excellent choice to use the Functional Method for Anniversary — in fact, that's how I learned!

    The books are the two volume series: Gregg Shorthand Manual for the Functional Method by Louis Leslie, Parts 1 and 2.

    When learning, the most important principle is "mastery before speed." In other words, do not rush through the lessons in the manual without knowing the previous lesson well.

    The cheapest books listed in eBay has the Buy It Now price of 2.17 for Part 1, and 3.00 for Part 2.

    For writing, there are different approaches. At the beginning, you want to concentrate on the penmanship and making sure that your strokes are correct. Later on, you add the element of speed. And, most importantly, memorize the abbreviations (called brief forms).

    If you have doubts about a book, or any other questions, feel free to ask here.


  4. The Functional Dictation book is intended to be used after you have completed the two volume set. You should grab a copy of "Gregg Speed Studies, Third Edition", which goes hand in hand with the lessons of the manual and provides additional reading and writing practice.

  5. I used to be worried about not being able to read a passage, but it wasn't really an issue. Sometimes one word would stump me for a day or two, but usually when I got fast at reading the rest of the passage, the final word would jump out at me.

    Another trick is to separate the word into its individual shapes, write one in each column, and list each option for each shape. Put the "basic" options higher in each column. (The other options are all variations on the same sound.) That, plus the context, will do it.

    There's also the reverse dictionary for Anni. Not sure where the link is, but it lists 5000 words by shorthand spelling. It also lists phrases from several books.

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