THANK YOU FOR VISITING
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.
reading pages and blogspot downloads have now moved to a new
www.long-live-pitmans-shorthand-reading.org.uk. The older
blogspot archives are also being moved to that site (all for
year 2012 done), and others will follow in due course, leaving
only the latest ones on the Blogspot. This is to make it easier
to organise, improve and correct the shorthand.
The New Era version of the Shorthand Instructor is now available
as free PDF download here:
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 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) as
well as the archive.org link above. 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.
dictionary is essential for learning and improvement. If you cannot
obtain a printed New Era dictionary, please see the
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
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!