We have discussed this before over several threads but i would like some clarification. In one of my posts asking about dictation, the advice was to use audio dictation from the beginning – to record and replay at a slow pace and writing with the book open. In another thread here, http://greggshorthand.multiply.com/journal/item/687/Self-dictation Carlos, you gave some great advice about beginning with shorter takes. I like both of these ideas but i am trying to reconcile them with the instruction in the beginning of the functional method books which is to “read a convenient group of words from the printed shorthand: then write the group, reading aloud as you write.” This is from the functional method manual which includes the key in the back. So it seems that Leslie is not even considering the concept of “self dictation” in the beginning.