small milestone

So I now find that I have been writing PreAnni for two days.  Two days _in toto_ that is, as I keep a running sum of the time of each learning session.  This is far from exact measure, though, as it includes reading a thing  in the textbooks before writing it.  In trying to minimize looking back and forth, I’m noticing myself carrying slightly longer strings of words in my head, as well — an unforseen side effect. This takes me into the second run of lesson VII (bringing in the blends, which seem so magical), as I do everything in the manual, the Speed Studies, and /Word and Sentence Drills/ in staggered triplicate.

I find that certain drillish sentences and phrases have set up their houses in my grey matter. Here, the home of the fellow who would fish from his raft, for he could not catch perch from the bridge. And here is the tidy home of the girl who does her best to efface all trace of the acid from the brass. I wonder if this sort of thing might slip out into the mundane world; I might say to a trainee at work “Be aware that a gay air may not aid you here.”

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  1. Great!

    If you haven't done so, you should also study the 1919 edition of Graded Readings in Gregg Shorthand as it provides practice material correlated with the lessons of the manual. Likewise, check the Supplementary Exercises in Gregg Shorthand booklet, which was written with the 1916 edition of the manual in mind.

    If you like to read drill sentences and passages, read the reading material of the first few units of the Anniversary Functional Method book, or the Fundamental Drills in Gregg Shorthand. It should differ very little from pre-anniversary.

    1. You're welcome! The problem with studying pre-anniversary is not the system, but the manual, because you have to supplement it with at least Speed Studies and Graded Readings to get good reading and writing practice. The same thing happened with Anniversary before the functional method manual was published: you needed to study from three books!

      It is always a good idea to review the lessons to make sure that the principles were learned correctly. Remember also that the goal in reading is reading like you would read a book. If you're stumbling, you need to go back and study. If you can read easily, the writing will flow.

  2. "If you can read easily, the writing will flow."

    I believe that to be very true – I can read my Simplified manual without barely a hesitation, however, me being the problem child, I find that that isn't my case LOLOL.

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