Confusion… but I know it will get better

I am amazed and slightly chagrined…. that brief forms and phrasing are introduced so early.   I’m just starting Chapter II of the Anni Functional Method.

I am struggling with whether I am looking at a letter of the alphabet or a brief form … and.. also.. whether I am looking at an outline of one word or an outline of a phrase.

I know that all of this will sort itself out… in time.. and with lots of reading…. but I am slightly surprised that more time is not spent on just the alphabet and “one outline = one word” practice before introducing brief forms and…. more particularly…. phrasing.

Just some random thoughts from a rank beginner…..

On the other hand, I am absolutely loving this and continue to be impressed by the genius of the system.

One other item:

I have printed the Anni Brief Forms list from Andrew Owen’s excellent website.   Thank you to Andrew for all of the great information/files that he provides !!!

I just tried to print the “Synopsis of Gregg Shorthand” from Andrew’s site and it is not printing properly…. I only get part of the document.. not the whole thing…   Any ideas?   I know that this Synopsis is in one of my books, but it would be easier to have it in printed form on pages that I can put in my 3-ring binder……

I did a search here but did not see the Synopsis.   Is it available elsewhere as a pdf file?  

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  1. The earlier lessons are always the hardest, for both reading and writing. Brief forms are introduced quickly because there are like 200 of them (plus the special abbreviations that will come later!). Phrases are also introduced early so that the student gets used to them. Like you said, everything will sort out eventually.

    I'm not sure why the Synopsis is not printing completely for you. It is an image. Maybe you need to convert it to a pdf, or put the image in a Word document.

  2. The brief forms are (mostly) words that are used often. They want you using the right outlines from day 1. (Although "country" isn't a common word).

    Another problem is that you're making outlines without knowing the underlying letters. "The" is one of "th-tn-tm". "Then" is different from "the", but the difference is subtle until you learn both "n" and "th".

    Have faith. It's a big, well-constructed, complex picture. Too big and complex to show it all at once, but all the holes will be filled by the end.

    I used to read ahead in my free time. I still did all the exercises and writing and reading-till-fluent in the right order, but it was nice to know what was coming up, and have some of those holes filled in early.

    Which file is the "synopsis"? Is it the one showing each letter in different positions? Creating that for yourself as you go is a good exercise. Yes, you'll have to recopy it a few times, as some squares get more and more squeezed in.

  3. I was in your shoes in the beginning as well, but you will hit a "ah-ha" moment where newly introduced theory, briefs, phrases will make sense and thus be easier to commit to memory.

    You're doing great and keep it up. You'll be reading fluently soon!!!

  4. Thanks for the encouragement Paul !! I know there is an "ah-ha" moment in my future. They sure do throw a lot of brief forms at you in the first 2 chapters. Memorizing those is what's slowing me down. But I am thoroughly enjoying the process… even if my old brain doesn't work as fast as it did many decades ago 🙂

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