THANK YOU FOR VISITING
resource for Pitman's New Era Shorthand
I wish to keep
New Era alive, and allow it to escape the office, kick its shoes off
and go on holiday – please join me on this journey, which I hope will
bring some fresh air to the task of improving skill and the
attainment of a good reliable speed, as well as providing
encouragement and reading material which I hope is somewhat more
interesting than fictional business letters.
MP3 Dictations of
all the Blogspot articles are now available on the
Blogspot Downloads page.
Free Shorthand Dictionary downloads: an Update for the
Internet Archive's Centenary dictionary, listing all the
outlines that are different in New Era. You can use the two in
conjunction, or mark up your
copy of the Centenary dictionary and so convert it to New Era.
Reviews of Noodler's
affordable pens suitable for Pitman's Shorthand on
Pen & Pencils Reviews page
Additions page for new items and revisions/corrections
My aim is to encourage you to persevere with your study/revision of
Pitman's Shorthand. 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 practice is your personal time machine, bringing
the dream ever nearer.
replaces professional tuition. However, beginners can see whether
they like it and give it a trial run before spending on books or
rusty may be motivated to revive their valuable and hard-won skill,
and experienced writers may be moved to find their own way of
encouraging those interested in learning. 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 I hope these pages will be of service to those
hunting for material. 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 or Pitmanic.
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. There are
many thousands of outlines available on this site, and the
page 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.
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
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
What is that Teddy up to? Shorthand
I hope you will:
Eat the hay and leave the sticks!