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buying goods or services.
MY OTHER WEBSITES
http://long-live-pitmans-shorthand-reading.org.uk All the
reading material that was on this theory site, the blogspot and the
snippets sites, plus all the related downloads, are now on this new
reading website (as from 10 May 2016)
Blog written in shorthand, with text key.
Contains only the most recent blogs.
Snippets of scrawled shorthand, without text key,
to sharpen your deciphering skills.
Contains only the most recent blogs.
Shorthand being written, demos of Noodler's Flex Pen and folding the
art reference photos
Yellow Teddy keeps an extensive diary of his
activities and travels, as a change from looking up outlines in the
dictionary for me.
PORTRAITS OF SIR ISAAC PITMAN
An oil painting of Sir Isaac Pitman in the National Portrait
Mary Evans Picture
www.maryevans.com Picture No.
10220330, this is the photograph that appears in the Wikipedia
Bath In Time
Bath Central Library's photo of Pitman's publishing works in Twerton,
Please see their various terms of
use for purchased prints or high res downloads: generally for
personal display only, not for reproduction or website use.
Shorthand Instructor The
New Era version of the Shorthand Instructor is now available as free
PDF download here:
(please also see their terms of
Ebay UK always has a
plentiful supply of Pitman's Shorthand books, far more than the
Ebays for other countries. Do check that the version says New Era on
the cover, spine or title page, as
"Centenary" and "20th Century" are the older versions before the
theory revisions of 1922.
Unfortunately I cannot advise on Ebooks or PDF downloads, whether
free or paid for. Some may be legitimate, but I feel that some may
have been done from scans of books that are not out of copyright and
without permission. I prefer to have real books, or the PDFs from
Internet Archive for historical versions. You might wish to check
first whether the book you are interested in is already available on
the free Internet Archive
Theory instruction books
available are described on Theory Intro
page. As long as it says New Era, whichever one you have, of any
age, will match the shorthand here exactly and will get you to your
goal. Pitman's Shorthand can write all the modern 21st century
terminology, so no problem there.
With a measure of
self-determination, old book + perennial skills = new you!
"Guide to Phrasing" by June Swann (Official Court Reporter),
which is a rewrite of the original "The New Phonographic Phrase
Book" by Emily D Smith. I learned from these in the 1970's. They
are both equally useful and very similar in content (you do not need
to buy both) with full
explanations of the principles, long lists of sample phrases and
some practice material. A pen lift is equivalent to writing an extra
stroke, and phrasing avoids this.
"Pitman's Shorthand Writing
Exercises and Examination Tests - a series of graduated exercises on
every rule in the system." The shorthand
Key is a separate book. Very extensive vocabulary lists to learn
from – see
Vocabulary Intro page for further description.
Any shorthand book by high
speed (250 wpm) writer Emily D Smith is worth buying, they are all very good
and packed with useful information, and their small slim size belies
their highly valuable content:
"Guide to High Speed
Writing" by E D Smith and A J Munro,
detailing technique and attitude necessary to attain high speed.
"The Expert Shorthand
Writer" by E D Smith, similar content to above but more
chatty, is written entirely in 700 common words
shorthand, in a loose handwritten style, with no longhand other than
the introduction and chapter subject list.
searches for an online Pitman's Shorthand and English dictionary may
come across the following link from American Libraries Internet
www.archive.org/details/englishshorthand00pitmiala which is a
digitization of the Centenary version of 1913. It is not New Era, which
did not appear until 1922. There are many differences in theory
details between the two versions and so the above book is not
suitable for learners, but is of course of great interest to
existing writers. The text-version generated by OCR from the scans
is not really of use, as there is no shorthand, and the text
produced has crossed all the columns, thus shredding all the
However, I have compiled a
Free Dictionary Update PDF which you can download from the
Dictionaries page, showing all the outlines that are different
(about 3,000) between the two versions. Between the Centenary
dictionary and my Update, you will have free access to 60,000
correct outlines as you study New Era.
The American Libraries Internet
Archive has very many digitized old shorthand books that you can
read online and most can also be downloaded as PDFs, enabling you to
avoid paying antique prices and spend it instead on your New Era
books or shorthand pens. Pre-New Era shorthand will confuse the beginner, but the
advice, discussion and shorthand learning tips are always
interesting to peruse, and are equally relevant today. You can
clipboard the interesting sections and build up your own "advice"
file, especially beneficial for those learning on their own.
Please be aware that many of
the Internet Archive PDFs are now being offered by third parties as reprints with a
recent "publishing date" and the unwary buyer may end up with an
outdated historical version of shorthand, whether Pitman's or
otherwise, when they thought they were buying a modern shorthand
book. A few of the adverts have small print advising you of this, as
a disclaimer against scanning faults,
but many have nothing to indicate the actual age of the text
The Internet Archive site also
text versions of their books, which often contain mistakes in recognition because
of the lack of crispness of the original letterpress pages, as well
as strings of strange characters as it has failed to cope with the
shorthand outlines. I
believe most New Era books are still in copyright, therefore they do
not appear in that Archive. It is not guaranteed that any of the digitized
books are actually out of copyright, and so you are not necessarily free to do
as you like with them. The archive is for scholarly and research purposes,
Dates of Pitman's Shorthand
20th Century = 1900
Centenary = 1913
New Era = 1922
Pitman 2000/Shorterhand = 1970
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Using a fountain pen with a generous ink flow
for your normal longhand writing will accustom you to writing fast
with a light touch, a good habit to have if you should later on
acquire a flexible-nibbed pen for shorthand writing. However, if you
try to write Pitman's Shorthand with a normal steel-nibbed pen, or a
cheap one with miserly ink flow, this will have the opposite effect
of causing you to dig the paper, in a fruitless effort to form the
If buying from Ebay – undescribed
yellow-looking nibs are not always gold, they may be unyielding
gold-plated steel, or even plain steel with yellow reflections from
the surroundings. I prefer to see "14K" "18K" etc on the nib
www.gouletpens.com based in Virginia, USA - inks, pens and
sundries, from where you can obtain the excellent and inexpensive Noodler's Flex Pens
(Nib Creaper, Konrad, Ahab) for your
shorthand (my review)
and the Nib Creaper Piston-fill Rollerball (my
review) which can be filled from bottled fountain pen ink. They
have also introduced a range of non-flex spare nibs that can be used
in the Noodler's Konrad and Ahab. Fast,
friendly service, and further information and demos on their Ink Nouveau
www.purepens.co.uk Pure Pens
supply Noodler's pens and inks. They are part of Niche Pens Limited
and are based in Newport, Wales, UK.
http://noodlersink.com Quality inks and makers of the Flex Pen
and other pens. Their pens are dedicated to being simple to adjust
and disassemble, so that you can fine-tune to your requirements or
reuse vintage and other nibs in them, and kept at low price.
Both Goulet and Noodlers have many informative
videos on YouTube.
www.fountainpennetwork.com "Categorized forum with discussion
topics such as repairs, history, news, penmanship and calligraphy."
Ideal place for detailed info and advice from pen enthusiasts. Site
also has calendar of Pen Club meetings and classified adverts of
pens for sale.
field guide to pens, their construction, care and history, inks.
Writer based in Washington DC, USA. Also
Pen repair and nib customisation by Richard Binder, with an
extensive reference section on pen care, construction and history.
Based in New Hampshire USA. Of especial interest is the article in
the reference section "Flex, a Disaster in the Making" which
describes the correct way to use flex nibs, and is an encouragement
not to lend your shorthand pen to a casual user even for a moment.
Inks, pens and sundries, including their TWD budget range. Based in Bury St
Edmunds, Suffolk, UK.
www.marcuslink.com/pens/ink/index.htm Ink & pen info
www.covingtoninnovations.com/pens/#INK Ink info and many
links to other sites
KUM pencil sharpeners as described on
Pencil Reviews page.
has hundreds of free PDFs of every possible version of paper –
lines, dots, graphs, music and much more. They do have a "Pitman's"
notepad page for those who wish to have central line down the page.
See also Print Your Own Shorthand Notepad PDF on my
page for a version that I prefer to recommend for Pitman's
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Pitman's New Era Shorthand offered by email, correspondence courses
and classes in Brisbane, as well as mentoring for
Executive Assistants and Office Professionals. 250wpm writer,
Search for "Pitman Shorthand" on
read the results carefully, some courses are Teeline but appear
in the results because they are run by Pitman Training.
All these are paid courses, discovered from internet
searches, so no recommendation is particularly implied.
Joy of Pitman Shorthand
Gives an overview of the system, with many items of general
shorthand interest and also sells “I Love Pitman Shorthand”
based in Toronto, Canada. Author also runs the Facebook "Shorthand
Writing" discussion group:
Shorthand (Google Plus
"A place for pen shorthand enthusiasts from all over the world."
Discussing all systems, both present and
past. Owner based in Moscow, Russia.
www.shorthand.mkz.com/default.html General points on the system, a simplified and entertaining
introduction to the general principles before you start your
Pitman's Shorthand learning in earnest. Writer based in Ontario,
pen shorthand, mainly Gregg but everyone welcome. History, tips and
good advice from a shorthand enthusiast, and an especially
interesting page comparing shorthand writer versus tape recorder.
(Google Plus Community)
"An unofficial Teeline community". Owner based in UK.
The definitive site for Gregg Shorthand, including full teaching
materials and extensive descriptions of the system's revisions over
the years. Includes the Gregg Group
http://greggshorthand.blogspot.com for contact and discussion,
Gregg Shorthand Readers,
Writers and Fans
alphabet replacement, based on the same character-shortening
principles as Teeline. There are no rules, it is 100% legible and
accurate, with negligible learning time. You can double your writing
speed almost instantly. Journalists without shorthand and students
of all ages would benefit hugely. Worth a try by those with hand
problems e.g. stiffness, cramp, as there is less to write and
neatness can be maintained. It may also possibly help those with
poor sight, as the characters are plainer. Free to use but please
www.freewebs.com/cassyjanek An entirely alphabetic shorthand,
devised by Janet Cheeseman, a Pitman teacher who has used Pitman's principles of
writing by sound as a starting point for her shorthand which uses
only the normal lower case alphabet, thus enabling it to be either
handwritten or typed. Her comparisons page shows it to be faster
than other similar systems. Author based in Australia.
http://lataquigrafia.blogspot.co.uk/ Promoting Spanish version
of Pitman's Shorthand, with many links to articles of interest.
Author based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Written in Spanish but accessible through Google's translate option.
Author has devised his own shorthand, based on Pitman's, both in
English and Hindi, and is active in promoting the learning of
shorthand and associated office skills, to create and increase
employment prospects. He aims to further develop Sanskrit shorthand.
Self-learning books offered for those who are unable to take
advantage of other forms of instruction. Writer based in New Delhi,
Adaptation of Pitman's Shorthand to Hindi language, published in
1925, but bear in mind it may be based on pre-New Era Pitman's.
Introduction in English and remainder in Hindi characters. Read
on-screen or download as PDF or other formats.
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The are many shorthand sites and articles to be
found but no website alone can replace professional tuition and
graded instruction books, the best route to gaining a
good working skill in shorthand. If you come across a
less-than-encouraging blog about the "difficulties" of shorthand,
please remember that the initial frustrations do pass as you work through
the lessons and build your skill, and they should not be allowed to
deflect you from your goal. You can easily learn in months, not
"years" as is often quoted, if you apply yourself to it
methodically. Demolish the distractions and share the
victories, rather than the other way around!
Tracey Jennings, based in UK.
Mrs Renuka Williams
25 years' experience as professional stenographer, based in India.
Both these ladies offer
a Pitman's New Era Shorthand transcription service for those
intriguing undeciphered texts or old journals you may have lying
around. Tracey also offers pre-New Era historical shorthand
Translations from Gregg by Ms
Letha Sanders and staff, based in Colorado USA. Their related
www.shorthandclasses.com is aimed at encouraging learners and
contributors, to promote interest in shorthand of all types.
Teeline Shorthand's Blog by
Many interesting shorthand articles with good advice on learning and
exam technique, useful for students of all systems.
Hold The Front Page
www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk Everything of interest to the
would-be journalist, with an occasional shorthand article.
Encouraging short article by a Teeliner with tips for success.
Brighton University journalism
Article and informative 8-minute NCTJ Youtube video on the
importance of learning shorthand for journalists
Shorthand Sue Teaches Teeline
Six informative YouTube videos on Teeline basics, produced
for Journalism course at Liverpool John Moores University.
The notes refer to Teeline but there is a much good advice and
encouragement for writers of any system.
Stanislav Sarman has created programmes to convert text into Pitman
2000 or Gregg.
The Pitman version is not 100% accurate,
and therefore should not be used to actually learn the system, as
the learner will not know which are the incorrect outlines. Outlines
that it cannot produce are displayed as a shorthand question mark.
Text to Pitman2000 conversion A
Pitman 2000 writer has created a program to carry out this
conversion, and has given permission for a sample to be included
here. The text of "Desiderata" is public domain since 1976 and can
be found online, but the shorthand sample remains the copyright of
the conversion program author.
Click the thumbnail to get the full
http://www.intersteno.it/uploads/enews63.pdf A short article in
their June 2014 newsletter on "Shorthand against dementia"
for MP3 dictations of all my Blogspot articles.
Inserting slashes into your
"Court Reporting Teacher Tool Slasher 1.0" - Paste your text
in on-screen to get the slashes inserted every Nth word, so you can
produce timed dictations.
Stopwatch, countdown, metronome and various timers. If you count down
for one minute and repeat a line-length sentence of shorthand down
the page, you can find out your speed with minimal amount of
calculating - words in sentence times lines completed. Create a
sentence with all your favourite flowing outlines and phrases to get
maximum confidence-boosting wpm!
"The world's oldest society of shorthand
writers" This society has been going since 1898 (and
since 1872 under an earlier name) and they offer independent speed examinations for both typewriting and shorthand and a quarterly IPS Journal.
Writers of all shorthand systems are welcome. When you visit their website, I am quite
sure you will like the Pitman's shorthand of their logo, as it
will help you add to your list of useful contractions! They no
longer hold meetings and live
dictation sessions in Bishopsgate London, but
they do now offer webinar dictations, and you should email Mrs Mary
Sorene (who is an ex court reporter in Pitman's and stenotype) for
BBC World Service
www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish Lots of varied
articles to read and listen to, as well as download, in crisp clear
BBC English. General interest articles as well as explanations on
points of language.
Free dictation sounds
files to use online or download, speeds 40wpm to 230 wpm, plus word
all keyboarders, typists and shorthand writers, to
help improve speed, skill and vocabulary. American voices.
Lots of audio from 80 to 225 wpm. American female voice.
Steno (machine) shorthand site full of further links to dictation
material in a wide range of speeds, all with steno in mind but
useful to pen shorthand writers, as the speeds are stated, and
common words/word groups can be practised. American voices.
dictation videos (some multi-voice) for steno students, for which
you will have to log in to the site.
www.youtube.com/user/walandnoah Many videos giving fast
dictation for steno students. American male voice.
Ten dictations from 1 to 4 mins, downloadable individually or
zipped. Very clear American male voice. The Archive Community Audio
section is worth investigating – radio talks, news items, speeches,
etc – but they are unlikely to be spoken slowly.
http://teelineshorthand.org/dictationpractice.aspx Six dictations from 50 to 100 wpm, to enable you to gauge
your existing speed capability, plus links to other dictation
possibilities. English female voice.
www.pitmanlondon.co.uk/shorthandspeed Page contains 223 audio
tracks at speeds 40 to 130 wpm, all can be downloaded individually
using "Save Link As...". There is also a PDF giving excellent and
on speed training techniques, well worth reading by learners of any system.
English male and female voices.
Lots of dictations of isolated
words, short sentences/letters/passages at very slow speeds (30-50
wpm). Lessons 1 & 2 suitable for Teeliners only (they list the
Teeline characters), Lessons 3 to 14 useful for anyone. Each Lesson
consists of several dictations. I suggest you use the Pause/Play
button for typing out the passages, in order to look up and drill
outlines, and not for when you practise the dictations! English
Very short passages from English literature, aimed at those learning
to write English correctly, but slow enough to practise your
shorthand on. The sentences are read at normal speed for
comprehension, again very slowly twice for students to write in
longhand, followed by a link to the text. Prepare the texts in
shorthand beforehand to get maximum benefit. English male voice.
www.learnamericanenglishonline.com Excellent free website to
help students learn English as a second language. The
straightforward explanations are each accompanied by YouTube videos,
spoken clearly and not too fast – practise your shorthand and
improve your English at the same time. Vocabulary lists with
pictures, to enable you to target the gaps in your knowledge of
everyday words. The advantage of this site is that the words and
phrases are the simplest and commonest ones, and sight and sound are
used together to teach. The Links page gives many further sites
where you can listen to spoken English. Author is an ESL (=EFL)
teacher based in Minnesota, USA.
Has a variety of audio and video files scattered
through the sections that you can use for dictation. Even the
standard short introductions to the items need not be wasted, write
them down as well! Audio files can be downloaded, and some also have
a PDF of the text of the talk, ideal for preparing your shorthand
Aimed at those learning English as a second language. There are
audios throughout the site, from single sentences to whole passages,
at reasonable speeds. As the text is on screen, you can prepare your
outlines in advance. The single sentence audios could probably each
fit on one line of the shorthand pad, so are good for drills, if you
keep your non-writing hand on the mouse and click the play button
repeatedly. See their resources page for links to similar sites.
American male and female voices. Based in Pasadena USA.
www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio The Bible in a variety of
versions and languages. There is a choice of readers: Dramatized
(several voices), George W Sarris, or Max McLean.
King James Bible in audio for listening online, narrator
Stephen Johnston. The
website is in large font to aid the visually impaired. I have timed the
first chapter of Genesis at 170wpm, which is slow for listening but
fast for shorthand writing. At this speed, it may be more useful to
prepare the passage and write lightly in pencil over the top of your
ink outlines. You can halve the speed by writing every alternate
If using the Bible, then Proverbs is a good chapter to start with, as the sentences
are mostly quite short, with more common words, and do not contain unusual vocabulary or
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TYPING / DICTATION SOFTWARE
& Express Scribe Transcription Playback"
The Dictate programme is designed to replace the dictaphone. The
Scribe programme is for typing back the resultant audio files or any
WAV or MP3. You can both make and take your own shorthand dictation.
At bottom right of the Scribe screen there is a slider that enables
you to vary the speed of speech, with pitch maintained, from
25% to 225%. You can easily halve the speed of a file but below 50%
hearing the words becomes a strain and the resultant drawl may send
you to sleep. The functions can also be operated via the keyboard.
The Express Dictate programme is offered as trial, but Express Scribe is
FREE, but with some limitations
on file types that can be opened, as
confirmed on their page
www.audacityteam.org/download This simple
FREE sound editing program can
be used to dictate WAV or MP3 sound files, and edit or insert
silences to slow the speed.
Keyblaze Typing Tutor
www.nchsoftware.com/typingtutor/index.html A very simple
programme for learning to touch type*
which enables you see the keys layout and and be prompted for
correct fingers without ever looking away from the screen. If you
have to look at your fingers when typing, it is very easy to miss
out a line or whole chunk of your shorthand or text copy, reducing
accuracy as well as speed. It is well worth the effort learning to
touch type, especially the numbers row which is often not learned as
thoroughly as the others.
*Definition: using correct finger
for each key and not looking at the keyboard
ASETNIOP Keyboard for Touchscreens
www.asetniop.com Typing on the 8 home keys only,
using chording for the less frequent letters, and two other keys for
shift and space. Proposed as a
visible/invisible keyboard for touchscreen devices. Although still
under development, you can learn
and practise it, using your normal keyboard, via the easy tutorial
which also introduces advanced features, such as autosuggest/complete
and stenographic substitution.
Typing to Music
This may bring back memories for those who learned typing to music –
six recordings at approximately 3 minutes each, of music combined
with metronome at increasing speeds, taken from "Pitman's Gramophone
Course" 78 rpm vinyls from the beginning of the 20th century. The
sixth one is more conducive to Scottish dancing and you may find
your feet tapping as well as your fingers!
Parliamentary reporting and speech capture
Shorthand Dates This
gives a list of dates of various shorthand systems from 16th century
and Pitman historical dates up to present.
Google Books: Popular Mechanics November 1914, Shorthand
advertisement on page 17 A very effusive advertisement to
encourage the learning of shorthand and promising huge salaries for
little outlay, as do most of the advertisements in the magazine. A cartoon portrait drawn with
Pitman's Shorthand outlines from 1891 at the British Library:
Social history article on shorthand training for railway workers.
shorthanders and typists reminiscing on experiences of learning
their skills, and the quirks of the office machinery of their time.
In pre-computer days, typing and paperwork had to be got right first
time, as the typewriter ribbon ink was going immediately onto the
paper, and so instant accuracy was the essential – no backspacing on
a screen or auto-correct, and no saving to disk of what you have
typed, but only the prospect of stopping to correct multiple carbon
copies for every typo. Younger learners today need to strive for
typing accuracy more by willpower than mechanical necessity, a
praiseworthy achievement as it develops the quality of
self-determination and "stickability", and I am sure we older
shorthanders are cheering them on every step of the way!
DECIPHER HISTORICAL SHORTHAND
York Castle Museum, UK
Pitman's Shorthand in two diaries
written by a soldier during the First World War, during the
Palestinian conflict of 1917-18. The newspaper article shows some
photos of the pages.
(article is dated 14 January 2014)
WKU Library Blog (West Kentucky University)
has a picture of a drawing plus shorthand for deciphering - it is
not Pitman's, and looks more like Gregg to me.
down the page to the item "Military Broadsides" dated 5 Feb 2013.
Mount Desert Island
(Maine, USA) Historical Society has some historical shorthand
they would like deciphered. “During the American Civil War,
James M. Parker of Mount Desert, Maine served in the First Maine
Heavy Artillery Regiment from 1861 to 1864. During the course of his
service, the 23-year-old soldier wrote many letters to his
20-year-old sister Letitia. But only one two-page letter, written in
October 1863, is written in shorthand.” It is Pitman’s, seems to
be one of the US variants, and it also appears that the young man
was still learning the system, using full strokes for nearly
everything. Scans of the shorthand are on their Facebook page, and
you can also contact them via their website:
Here is a historical
piece of Pitman's Shorthand that you might like to have a go at
deciphering, from the Sir Samuel Steele Collection at the University
of Alberta in Canada, found scribbled on the back of one of his
memoir sheets, with a request from the conservators for "any
ideas?". Steele was a North West Mounted Police officer in Canada in
the 19th century. I have posted my own effort at reading it, but you
may be able to see instantly what I have not.
If you enjoy squiggles other than Pitman's, and languages other than
English, this site
www.omniglot.com/puzzles.htm has a page showing good definition
photos of puzzling inscriptions, marks, writings, various shorthands
and languages that the contributors would like deciphered and which
you may be able to help with. The site is about languages and
Word game word finder
searches for all or part of words, and much more, for word games,
puzzles, crosswords, anagrams etc. It is also very useful for
finding words containing the same groupings of letters, to help
practise points of shorthand theory and build up vocabulary.
apostrophe deserves our protection. It is indeed a threatened
species!" Run by John Richards, retired
reporter/sub-editor. Straightforward help to use the apostrophe
Free online talking dictionary of English pronunciation with 130,000
This website from The University of Edinburgh
gives "Accents of English from Around the World – hear and compare
online". You choose a word from the list and a tabulation is
displayed where you can hover over each regional variation to hear
it spoken. This gives you some idea of the difficulties faced by any
creator of a phonetic shorthand, and why your particular accent may
not be faithfully recorded in Pitman's Shorthand. Fortunately our
brains recognise that they are all variations on the same word, and
we all end up writing Hay with Circle S for house, as below.
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Information on Sir Isaac Pitman's home town. A similar PDF is
available from Trowbridge Town Council
www.galleryofshorthand.org Museum illustrating the role of pen
and machine shorthand, both pen and machine, throughout history. Located in
Federal Court Central Islip, New
York, USA. The links Part I, II and III on home page refer to Youtubes of interview with its director.
This is a website (not a physical museum) showing antique office
illustrations and photographs of American offices, equipment,
business training, typewriting and stenography from the 19th and
early 20th century. Fascinating to view our predecessors in the art
– our shorthand brothers and sisters, and fellow typists — and a
great encouragement to keep this valuable skill going in our own
time. Never again will you complain of having an ancient computer.
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Pay attention to ... what?
Throughout this website I encourage
thinking of shorthand while you are out and about, looking at
adverts, road and shop signs etc, and taking shorthand study material with you
on your Ipod or similar device. This 32-second YouTube from
www.stoptextsstopwrecks.org on the dangers of texting while
walking or driving is a reminder of what
can happen to the incautious:
Here is a very short article on how to focus your efforts for
creative writing and authoring, using the "F.A.S.T." method to break
up the process into manageable sections. Of course, all your
inspired output will be done in shorthand as well, so you can get
your thoughts and ideas on the page extra rapidly, and will be
streets ahead of anyone else using the method! Author Jeff Bollow.
Cloud Appreciation Society
You used to see pictures in the clouds, and
now you see clouds that look like shorthand outlines. This website
has amazing and very beautiful photos of "Clouds that look like
things" from contributors worldwide, a good place to spend some of
your relaxing time between practice sessions.
Smile International is a charity whose aims are
"to relieve suffering and poverty through long-term development projects."
They have volunteering opportunities in the UK and around the world
– a use for every skill you can name, all equally valued and valuable.
Smile provides education, literacy and job skills programmes to
enable people in poor areas to join the working world and support
themselves, feeding programmes in Africa and Asia, and palliative
care work in Kosova, both for patients and training of medical staff.
www.debra.org.uk UK charity
providing nursing support for those with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB),
a currently incurable genetic condition, sometimes called "butterfly
children" whose skin is extremely fragile and can tear or detach
under even slight pressure. They offer
"practical and emotional support,
financial help and advice, respite breaks, and information on lots
of different aspects of living with EB."
commission research, and run a number of charity shops throughout UK
to help raise funds. www.debra.org
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