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Mar 19, 2019 14:44:28   #
gma11331 (a regular here)
 
I took Gregg in HS and hated it. Later when out in the working world I took the Speedwriting shorthand class and became quite proficient. I still use it to this day to jot down notes, etc. I have a journal I kept for a while (usually writing in it when I was peeved about something). It drives my GD crazy that she can't read it!
 
Mar 19, 2019 15:06:48   #
dhenth (a regular here)
 
Anyone use a machine? I took a course in Gregg, didn’t like it, and switched to machine steno. There were an astounding number of briefs to memorize, but you could go far faster—200+ WPM.
Mar 19, 2019 15:37:13   #
gma11331 (a regular here)
 
dhenth wrote:
Anyone use a machine? I took a course in Gregg, didn’t like it, and switched to machine steno. There were an astounding number of briefs to memorize, but you could go far faster—200+ WPM.


It that what court reporters use?
Mar 19, 2019 15:47:25   #
dhenth (a regular here)
 
gma11331 wrote:
It that what court reporters use?


Yes, they’re also used for closed captioning.
Mar 19, 2019 16:14:42   #
rasputin
 
Curmudgeon wrote:
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 liked it too. I bought the book too. Still have it.
Mar 19, 2019 16:28:35   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
 
Joy Marshall wrote:
In my day it was impossible to get a good secretarial job without shorthand. I was trained in Pitman.


me too, Joy. It stood me in good stead for many many years. I taught my kids pitman and my son uses it when he is deciding the pros and cons of something even now.

I original started doing dictation with the long tubes that were 'dictated by our bosses. I can't remember how long I used them too.

I used my pitman for years after I stopped being a secretary.

nice weather here on the island - I bet you have crocuses blooming like we do. Finally some sun but we could use some more warmth. Best wishes from Duncan!
 
Mar 19, 2019 18:02:39   #
ioneodi (a regular here)
 
Also took shorthand (Gregg) in high school - one semester. Used it at UT and no one ever asked for my notes. Reinforcement when translating them for study. Also took a semester of bookkeeping in high school that led to a part time job doing fraternities books and full time while I was pregnant filling in for bookkeeper at a bay area recreation dept.
Mar 19, 2019 18:50:25   #
budasha (a regular here)
 
Nancy Deak wrote:
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 was a super star when I learned shorthand in hig... (show quote)


I always used a fountain pen as well.
Mar 19, 2019 18:52:17   #
budasha (a regular here)
 
gma11331 wrote:
I took Gregg in HS and hated it. Later when out in the working world I took the Speedwriting shorthand class and became quite proficient. I still use it to this day to jot down notes, etc. I have a journal I kept for a while (usually writing in it when I was peeved about something). It drives my GD crazy that she can't read it!


When I started taking shorthand, I was told that Gregg was more complicated than Pittman. I don't know if that was really true.
Mar 19, 2019 19:09:03   #
susanrs1
 
I love shorthand! Learned in high school and took A LOT of dictation first as a legal secretary and then at Eastman Kodak. I still use it when I’m on the phone taking info. I’ll gave to check out the You Tube link.
Mar 19, 2019 19:32:58   #
mirium
 
Jaevick wrote:
When I was learning to type and take shorthand I used to practice while listening to the radio.

Great idea! Wisconsin Public Radio has a huge archive of conversational shows you can listen to online again and again, or download, whenever you want to. Not "talk radio" where people are ranting at each other; people actually talking WITH each other with pretty good diction and at a reasonable speed. The Larry Meiller Show is one: https://www.wpr.org/programs/archives/the-larry-meiller-show/ "All Things Considered" is also conversational, mostly interviews. They won't tell you where to insert punctuation and spacing, but they tend to speak in complete sentences and often in paragraphs.
 
Mar 19, 2019 20:56:19   #
gma11331 (a regular here)
 
budasha wrote:
When I started taking shorthand, I was told that Gregg was more complicated than Pittman. I don't know if that was really true.


What I have seen of Pittman looks really difficult. The reason I liked Speedwriting was there were only a few symbols used, the rest being the alphabet adapted to a "shorthand" system.
Mar 19, 2019 21:11:08   #
mamanacy
 
Yes, I used "speed writing". Hate dictation of any kind. Don't mind the machines but sorry just give me a piece of paper with the letter scribbled and most of the time I can decifer it. 14 yrs for the government but I think I could still do the s.w. No Gregg for me thank you. N
Mar 19, 2019 21:18:12   #
painthoss (a regular here)
 
Toddytoo wrote:
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.


The illegibility of my regular longhand provides a veil of secrecy as dense as anyone could desire! I don’t have any short hand background at all but am enjoying this thread so much!
Mar 19, 2019 21:21:48   #
LydiaKay
 
Took shorthand in HS 40 years ago. I can write my name and that is all I remember.
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