The part about writing with your hands! I thought only I did that! I learned 40 some years ago and still to this day can write, but transcribing is harder. It certainly did me well in the work place. Promotions went quickly from secretarial pool to Executive Secretary to Management. Funny story - I also used to write notes on my calendar at home in shorthand so the kids (even hubby) could not read. One day my young daughter chided me. She said, "Mom, stop writing in Hebrew, I am only just learning English!" I never let her forget it. She was so cute
I loved shorthand. It was like writing in secret code - and nobody could read my diary. Every once in a while I drag out my ancient book and review/practice a little.
I still use it when I want to copy something quickly.
So weird that you are asking for this, I have just recently borrowed some books from my local library to refresh myself from learning that back in school. I had planned on going to school to be a court reporter (never did though, couldn't afford it 😔). I don't know where you could find that but I wish you good luck! I would be curious to hear what you find, though!!!
When I had to brush up on my shorthand, I turned on the tv and just wrote what they said. Pick a show you like and kill two birds with one stone!
Is it used any more?
I’m not sure how much in the business world, but some college students learn simplified versions referred to as Speedwriting.
I had my mother's shorthand book from her high school days in the 30's. She always amazed me when she would take notes in shorthand and it was something that I always wanted to learn. Too much else on my bucket list now. Good luck in your search.
Use a recorder and dictate the letter from the book. Then play it back and practice your shorthand. If you have a cell phone, you can use it to record if you don't have a recording device.
I was a super star when I learned shorthand in high school. My teacher said I was the best student she ever had (many moons ago). I was able to do 160 women. I still use it at work and home. Sometimes I just make up a sentence and write it out in shorthand. I learned shorthand with a fountain pen (smoother and faster than a ballpoint and much better than a pencil. I now have three lovely fountain pens, the latest a birthday gift from my DH in January is a lovely pink metallic with rose gold colored trim.
I loved shorthand and still have my book. I worked as a secretary just out of college and my boss loved to dictate. While I was working on that, he would use the dictaphone to dictate more! Even after I progressed beyond that job, I used shorthand to take notes during management interviews or presentations. My shorthand teacher suggested we practice by taking down the evening news.
I enjoyed shorthand also. Pitman's was the order of the day at my college and I still use it today some 50 years on!
I took Gregg shorthand in high school and occasionally take notes in shorthand. Am thinking of keeping a diary, in shorthand.
I took shorthand in high school and my teacher told me that I wrote the most beautiful shorthand--"But, Mrs. Case, I can't read a word of it"! I said. Lol
I still write Pitman shorthand at some point every day after decades of using it. As a writer I find it to be quite an advantage. It allows speedy recording to capture thoughts as well as to provide a net of secrecy over it.