Post by supernib44 on May 30, 2015 14:47:36 GMT -5
It's been a a month or two since I've practiced shorthand. I am learning anniversary and I am trying to learn the vowels and diphthongs. I have the circle vowels down (the a and e forms), but I can't seem to get the difference between the small hook vowels (mainly the soft vowels for o and u). Any suggestions on how to learn these?
I thought you were talking about some other vowel combination and then realized you weren't. Sorry. I moved those responses.
Which unit or lesson are you on?
Which words do you seem to have trouble with? That might help us see more of what vowel sounds you need help with.
Sometime vowels are soft and not written at all. Others are written for clarity and to distinguish them from other words.
A lot of the times, you will need to know the word by the sentence. For example, 'dim' and 'dime' are the same, but you wouldn't say, "she turned on a dim" if you know and use the phrase "she turned on a dime". You can indicate these with a mark if you prefer. See Dots and Dashes--Marks in Shorthand.
The anniversary manual does talk about leaving out short or soft vowels when they can be omitted. If you are unsure, write the word as it is shown in the manuals and then you can decide later.
I know this is an older post, but sometimes these get lost in the mix and bringing them back up can help others.
I agree with riftweaver regarding reading well written shorthand. I think if you don't have a lot to read in your version for some reason, you can practice writing different sentences using the same word. For example, if you are using the "lot" word and sound, write different sentences using the same word "lot". It will keep in your mind the sound in various situations you may encounter.
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922
I was thinking about asking about this myself recently. I thought I had the different O's down but as I kept reading I realized I couldn't differentiate them on the spot. Couple days ago I ended up photocopying the lessons and made myself a two page summary of all 5 O rules. I review before each lesson and it's becoming more natural.
I think memorizing the word examples helps me the most, as I can think about a word that uses the same sound and apply it. Like how "follow" uses both sounds of the "bottom" O, in the newer systems anyway.