I had never heard of the "Farnsworth" method either, when I taught myself the code. Rather, I started out at FIVE WORDS PER MINUTE, with EACH and EVERY letter drug out to an excrushiatingly SLOW pace. I could NOT figure out how in the world someone could learn Morse Code that way! I was right, but I didn't know it! The Farnsworth method sounds out the letters at a rather fast clip ( 12-15 wpm or better ) but puts additional spaces between the letters and the words, so that you have more time to think about what you just heard, before the next letter comes along. It is a very good method to learn, because as the spaces get shorter between the characters, you are already familiar enough with the sounds of the letters themselves, that you really don't have to make that adjustment from "counting the elements" to "hearing the letters and words". Once you start hearing groups of words which form sentences, you will be well on your way to mastering the language known as Morse Code! Good luck! You will find lots of support here and on the air. Look for SKCC ( Straight Key Century Club ) and F.I.S.T.S. operators. They are more than happy to help you out !