Well hello there stenography friends,
I’ve been happily plowing through the Simplified Manual–not the functional one, although someday I may switch over to it, as I have seen it strongly plugged ☺️
My modus operandi has been to go through a lesson, cover all of the longhand answers with my fingers, and practice reading the shorthand forms. Then I go to the reading practice, and type out all of the answers, creating a key of sorts as I go (which I’d be happy to share when complete–it probably needs a few corrections XD)
After I finished the first chapter thusly, I returned to my answer key and began translating all of the lessons back into shorthand. A few times I used the transcription practice MP3s found here, but I found them a bit fast for me for now.
I’ve found that I’ve made tremendous progress while reading, but actually producing shorthand is slower–I expected this, because that has been my experience while learning any foreign language. But I suspect that I could be getting more from the manual.
Does anyone have recommendations about how to use the manual the best to get the most out of it?