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 1   Strokes
 2   Vowels
 3   Forming Outlines
 4   Circles
 5   Loops
 6   Hooks Intro
 7   Hooks R L
 8   Hooks N F V
 9   Shun Hook
10  Halving
11  Doubling
12  Hay Aspirate
13  W Forms
14  L Forms
15  R Forms
16  Imp/Imb
17  Ish
18  Prefixes
19  Suffixes General
20  Suffixes Contracted

Short Forms
SF List 1
SF List 2
SF List 3
SF List 4

Contractions Intro
Contractions Main

Contractions Optional


1 Intro & Contents list
2 Theory
3 Theory
4 Omission
Part words
5 Omission
Whole words
6 Miscellaneous
7 Miscellaneous
8 Intersections

Distinguishing Outlines
DO Intro
DO List 1 A-C
DO List 2 D-H
DO List 3 I-P
DO List 4 Q-Y

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Pitman's New Era Shorthand Reading Pages

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Faith 1: Christmas Story

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Hastings, East Sussex
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Greenwich Part2
Greenwich Part3
Greenwich Part4
Greenwich Part5
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Pitman's New Era: Welcome and thank you for visiting!

Free resource for Pitman's New Era Shorthand

My aim with this website is to provide learners with material to progress beyond the basic shorthand instruction book, in order to achieve high speed and write with accuracy, reliability and legibility.

New Era is the current and fastest version of Pitman's Shorthand. It dates from 1922 and was preceded by Centenary and Twentieth Century editions, which are now considered historical. It was followed in 1970 by Pitman 2000 which was a slightly more simplified and slower version for office workers. Pitman 2000 writers may also benefit from the Dictation MP3s and the Contractions, Phrasing and Distinguishing Outlines pages, where they may find outlines that are speedier or more convenient than some of their existing ones.

When you first begin to learn, you may feel that the ability to write shorthand usefully is a distant dream. If you give these non-productive thoughts an inch, they will take a yard, a mile even. Replace them with the determination to spend as much time as you can practising your shorthand, and they will soon be left behind. Assiduous and regular practice is your personal time machine, bringing the dream ever nearer.

If you are a complete beginner, you will need to obtain a basic instruction book, as the material here is not graded as lessons, and the best place for this is Ebay UK (see Links/Shorthand Books). The Theory pages are detailed explanations with very many examples, and are aimed more at revision and improvement than learning from scratch, as they are not graded as an instruction book would be.

A shorthand dictionary is essential for learning and improvement. If you cannot obtain a printed New Era dictionary, please see the Vocabulary Shorthand Dictionaries page for a free PDF download alternative. There are also many thousands of outlines available on this site, and the Search Box gives a good chance of finding the one you are looking for, as all outlines here have their text equivalent underneath them.

The Shorthand Reading pages contain fully vocalised short passages and the BlogSpot provides more reading material in minimally vocalised style. Both of these have text keys underneath and are also available to download as PDFs. The Pitman's Snippets blog provides short pieces in more scribbled shorthand without any text key, for sharpening your deciphering skills without any help.

The skills that we possess between us need to be shared with those who are struggling to learn or improve. Many people do not have access to the resources they need, or the funds to buy books, and often the books themselves are in short supply. Sir Isaac Pitman spent most of his life perfecting the system, but its success was assured because he made it available easily and cheaply to the maximum number of people. I aim to contribute to its continued success in a similar manner, providing free material additional to that already available. I prefer to call the system exactly as its author did "Pitman's Shorthand" rather than Pitman. Pitmanic describes other versions where the authors (in Victorian times) altered the original version to their own tastes and gave it their own name.

Everything here is for your edification and hopefully amusement, and there is absolutely nothing for sale and no commercial interest/adverts whatsoever. I cannot guarantee to never make a mistake but I do regularly review the written shorthand for improvements, and correction if necessary. If you see a mistake in the shorthand, please report it via the Feedback Form and it will receive prompt attention.

I invite you to visit my other website at www.lucypaintbox.org.uk which is principally devoted to photo galleries for use as free artist reference plants, skies, weather and places in South East England where I live.

My loyal bear Yellow Teddy is learning a bit of shorthand, and as an incentive he has been given a page of his own to share his progress. At the moment he is looking for things that remind him of the outlines and shapes, and is also busy with his own personal website


Beryl Yellow Teddy 
Yellow Teddy with shorthand wrapping paper What is that Teddy up to? Shorthand wrapping paper?

I hope you will:
Pitman's New Era Shorthand: Eat the hay and leave the sticks!
Eat the hay and leave the sticks!


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http://long-live-pitmans-shorthand.blogspot.co.uk Blog written in shorthand, with text key.

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