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Mar 19, 2019 23:36:42   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
Oh I loved short hand, I did a secretarial course after I left school...I'd sit for hours practicing my typing & shorthand, I advanced and finished my course early...I was then asked if I could teach night school which I did for awhile...I still take my notes in shorthand
Mar 20, 2019 01:02:22   #
Judy M (a regular here)
Speedwriting. I have a book that belonged to DH's sister. Why not just get an audio book - romance, suspense, mystery, etc. What do court reporters use? I did know a local one. In the 80s there was a court 61 miles away that didn't need a court reporter on a regular basis and so taped all their court proceedings and then sent to transcription office and someone would transcribe it, print it out and send it back.

Speedwriting is the trademark under which three versions of a shorthand system were marketed during the 20th century. The original version was designed so that it could be written with a pen or typed on a typewriter. I think our school taught Pitman method.
Mar 20, 2019 01:24:43   #
Good Lord! I took Gregg shorthand at community college in preparation for office work. Never used it! My guys, all engineers, preferred to longhand their reports and memo's, which I would then type. Management tried to encourage them to use the tape dictation, but they were all so focused on pencil-and-paper... At other jobs I typed from taped dictation.

But learning shorthand improved my aural memory.
Mar 20, 2019 10:25:04   #
painthoss wrote:
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!

That's good................ I'm going for refreshing it........... I think that will be of great help in mind power.
Mar 20, 2019 10:49:04   #
Rescue Mom (a regular here)
Do not know of any, but I use Gregg Shorthand too. If you do not find anything, just listen to an audio book, tv, etc. and start writing! That is what I did after a lapse in use - worked well for me.
Mar 20, 2019 11:29:20   #
Artbarn (a regular here)
I was a high-school business teacher in the 1970s and Gregg Shorthand was one of the many classes I taught. I still have my stopwatch that I used for timed dictations. I think there was a discussion about Gregg Shorthand here and it's where I got this link:

From there I found another link to a forum that has a section on dicatation and transcription:

After that I did a Bing search for "Gregg shorthand dictation recordings" and got the following results:

I hope this gets you what you need.
Mar 20, 2019 13:19:18   #
runa fernanda
I never took shorthand in school but one day found a Gregg beginner book at a thrift shop and thought it might be fun to work on. Went through the whole book just learning the forms for my own use, not dictation. Then I learned that many books had been transcribed into shorthand such as Alice in Wonderland and some Sherlock Holmes stories. And there are specialized lists for the army and the navy. Those are fascinating. I looked into Pitman as well but it looked very complicated compared to Gregg. Books have been transcribed into Pitman as well. I haven't kept it up, but do think it was worth while doing at the time. I still have the books and dictionaries so maybe I'll take it up again. This has been a fun thread.
Mar 20, 2019 16:11:22   #
Dottie Kon
riversong200 wrote:
Gregg Shorthand was a great skill to have in the olden days when I first started working. I used to try to keep it up but there are very few symbols that have stuck with me. It might be fun to try to recover some of it. Anyone else remember the steno books with the common symbols on the back cover?

I loved shorthand. Just a few weeks ago the Peanuts cartoon had Woodstock's notes on his WIP book written in shorthand. I could still read 'Dear Sir' but the rest was questionable!
Mar 20, 2019 16:48:03   #
I think also, that learning - relearning shorthand............ will be an excellent mind exercise..............
Mar 20, 2019 23:09:32   #
painthoss wrote:
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!

You made me laugh as I perhaps don't need to use my Pitman's shorthand since my 'longhand' is so bad, almost undecipherable - even to myself!
Apr 2, 2019 06:35:52   #
I think Gregg was American, In Canada we learned the Pitman method. I can still remember our first lesson: Boat, Bite, Bit, Bought, Butt!!! I still use it for things I want to remember...
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