Hypothesis: Later Chapters are easier to write because fewer strokes per word

I’m curious if my hypothesis is correct, but can’t test it myself just yet.

This chapter and last have many prefixes that combine many letters. The groups electr-, intr-, and ship/short. On average, 3 sounds combined into one shape.

My theory is fast writers will find later passages faster than earlier ones because of this.

I suspect that for those of us still on their first pass of the books, the newness of the prefixes (compared to familiarity with words from earlier chapters) will offset the effect.

Your thoughts?

(Thanks to the person who recommended I put the pen away for now. Quiet time for writing is out of the question for now, but it’s easy to pick up the book instead of another book over breakfast. We’ll see how it goes.)


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  1. Are you planning on starting at the beginning again using the functional method? Or are you planning to just only do reading of the shorthand plates for awhile and not write anything? Are you learning Anni, Simplified?

  2. I always thought later chapters were easier because there were more opportunities to phrase in addition to having multi-syllable words completed with just a stroke or two.

    As someone who once tried to push Anniveresary Lesson 1 towards 150, I can honestly say it's REALLY difficult because of a complete lack of phrasing and the extra burden of a miserable syllabic intensity. BTW, I never made it to 150 with Lesson 1. After all, how many times can you write drivel such as, "I can go there in an hour. Amy hid her hat it the tree. I can hear him well; can he hear me?"

    1. Isn't it funny that Leslie and Zoubek downplayed so much the need to know phrasing in Simplified, when in fact, phrasing improves speed considerably when known well? I never understood this particular "simplification" of the system.

    2. But, Simplified DOES have phrasing, right? At least I THINK I know a couple of them already and I'm only on Assignment 11 in Functional… or are you referring to, maybe, the number of phrases used in other editions?

    3. The phrases that you're learning are the simple ones which they didn't eliminate. However, there were some phrasing expedients that were eliminated in Anniversary, and additional ones that were eliminated from Simplified completely, while some other phrasing rules were modified in Simplified and later series. The reasoning of the authors was that those phrases were not used often in business dictation, so they didn't want to burden the student with the additional things to memorize (in spite of some of those phrases being common in regular speech). The good thing is that you can always learn those extra phrases and phrasing principles later.

  3. Marc, sounds like you listened to the tape many times!

    Paul, I'm 1/3 done Simplified (Functional Edition 2). The last 1/4 is review, so I'm actually 36.4% done the theory. (Yes, I have a progress chart.)

    The current plan is to read when I can. When I'm done, I'll restart this book or start Simplified Dictation. It's easier to find time to read than to write.

    I'll also build each passage in the first book to 60wpm. After that, I'll either build speed to 85wpm or switch to Anni and repeat the process.

    I have a habit of stalling and even changing systems after a few chapters of new material. I promised myself I'd finish the Simplified manual at a decent speed before changing, although all that Anni material is tempting!

  4. Ok, I see where you're coming from Carlos. Makes sense to remove some obscure phrases that aren't really used. And plus with the way language changes with the times I could only imagine Pre-Anni and Anni having some phrases that probably sound awkward. Sometimes I notice this when I'm reading my manual. The words in some of the sentences and the way some of the sentences are worded sound very old-fashioned.

  5. I hit a ton of phrases in Simplified last night, somewhere between Asst's 32 and 34 (of 54 for the theory). (Reading is a lot faster than writing!) For over 30 chapters, they used d-e-r m-r-s. Now, finally, they admit it's common enough for a brief form: d-m-r-s. Now to unlearn!

    In Anni, that phrase was introduced very early, before we got used to spelling it out. I missed that in Simplified. I suspect (hope) that now my Simplified book has covered most of the alphabet, we'll get more shortcuts.

    I remember getting equally frustrated with Anni, though, over various things, so it's not worth switching. The lack of phrases was a temporary frustration, not cause to switch systems again.

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