I decided to make my own thread recording my progress in shorthand. It is not brand new to me, because I had shorthand in high school, but it was a very long time ago and now I am using a different textbook. There are more short forms, but I'm thrilled to find things that I still remember. Hopefully, I will be better and faster this time.
They packed a lot into Lesson 7. Personally, I think they should have divided into 2 lessons.
This is the ten-den, tem-dem, ent-end, emt-emd lesson along with the def-dev-tev, and jent-d, pend-d lesson and also the mm, mn, nm, dm, dn, nd, and md combinations. (I left out the vowels in the last part but you get it. _ = n and __ = m, so ___ = men
Actually the last part is pretty easy. But I really need to review the first 2 parts. I'm having difficulty reading some of the reading exercise. I won't go on to Lesson 8 until I'm confident in this lesson.
Also I ran out of index cards. I need to pick some up today.
I just went carefully over Lesson 7 again. I copied and read everything. Review helps. To help understand and envision the blended consonant stroke, I tried to write those same words without that stroke. That helped me to see the need for a more fluid stroke.
The only thing I haven't done yet today is read the graded reader. I wonder if I should start copying it too. So far I've only been reading it. I have been viewing the reader as a sort of reward for studying the lessons.
Lesson 8 is totally new to me. It's about writing a reverse circle or loop to signify the "r" sound. I am hoping that I will be able to print off this pdf textbook soon since it will be easier for me to study it away from the computer. Anyway, I really still need to review Lesson 7 some more. I'll probably spend a few days on Lessons 7 and 8, maybe a week even.
I skipped my shorthand studies for about a week. This is one of the advantages of teaching myself. I can be flexible. However, it can also be a disadvantage if I can't get myself to start back on it.
Anyway, this morning I am copying Lesson 8, the whole thing. I'm down to the general exercises now. This counterclockwise circle for "ar" or "er" and the counterclockwise loop for "ars" or "ers" is totally new to me. I will stay on it until I feel comfortable about moving on.
I peeked ahead and noticed that the next few lessons are about compound words, abbreviations, phrase writing, and a review of short forms. So I think, besides studying this lesson thoroughly, it would probably be a good time to make sure that I know the first 8 lessons backwards and forwards (just an expression ).
Edited to add: I normally don't copy the longhand part of a lesson, just the shorthand, except for the short forms. But this time I'm copying everything, even the directions. Then I can study off my notes too. It takes a bit longer to copy everything. Hopefully, it will be worth it.
Last Edit: Jul 14, 2011 9:53:31 GMT -5 by nanylorac
I am now doing a comparative study, writing and comparing words like "arm" to "ham". I want to get the difference of "ar/er/" from just "a/e" into my head. Apparently, the R sound is added when the circle or loop is on the "wrong" side of the line or curve. But then there's exceptions which I guess I'll just have to memorize.