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I Fancy Learning Shorthand on the Cheap—Any Ideas?
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Koralatov
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Apr 12, 2008, 03:53 PM
 
I’ve taken it into my head of late to learn shorthand. I’m not sure exactly where the idea came from, but it seems like a good one; it would be useful for my work, and a skill I could put on my CV, though perhaps not as valuable as it might once have been.

However, I’m fundamentally cheap, and I’d like to find a way of learning it either for free, or very cheap. Anyone have any ideas/suggestions on how to do so?
     
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Apr 12, 2008, 05:28 PM
 
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Apr 12, 2008, 06:23 PM
 
What do you do for a living ?

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Apr 13, 2008, 02:34 AM
 
You might try Speed Writing.

You don't have to learn a squiggly-line language. You simply come up with a set of symbols or abbreviations for common words that you find in lectures.

Tips for Using Shorthand

Developing shortcuts in your writing is not a new idea, of course. Students have been using this method for as long as they've been taking class notes. The trick is to develop a good system and to do it well. To do that, you have to practice.

Speed Writing - Fast Notes - Shorthand
Or EasyScript.

It was reported that students of EasyScript were able to master the method in one day of study [4] and attain a writing speed of 70 to 80 wpm after three weeks of training. After a further review and practice writing speeds up to 100 words per minute can be attained.

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Apr 13, 2008, 04:35 AM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
What do you do for a living ?
I’m not entirely sure what it would be called; it’s probably best described as a “data analyst”. It involves a lot of emailing, and a lot of note-taking to help me keep on top of my workload. That’s partly why I’m interested in learning shorthand.

Originally Posted by d4nth3m4n View Post
Originally Posted by abe View Post
You might try Speed Writing.
Or EasyScript.
Or these...
Many thanks for those; I’ll look into them all, and choose which one I think would be best for my use.
     
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Apr 13, 2008, 09:51 AM
 
I have examined learning Gregg, and it's basically learning a new way of writing English. On the other hand, Speedwriting, as I learned it, is just a way of writing less of what you already know. You do have to learn a system (what you abbreviate, how you abbreviate, etc.) but it IS quick and it has the benefit of being easier to comprehend comprehensible if someone else needs to read your notes.

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Apr 13, 2008, 10:17 AM
 
Glenn hints at an important decision you have to make:

Do you need something that can be read and understood by other people as well, or is it just for your own use ?

The tools and approach will differ depending on your answer to that.

Also, since your job seems to be of technical nature, make sure whatever you pick can easily record thechnical terms.

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Apr 16, 2008, 04:19 PM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
I have examined learning Gregg, and it's basically learning a new way of writing English. On the other hand, Speedwriting, as I learned it, is just a way of writing less of what you already know. You do have to learn a system (what you abbreviate, how you abbreviate, etc.) but it IS quick and it has the benefit of being easier to comprehend comprehensible if someone else needs to read your notes.
I’m not too upset about the prospect of learning an entirely different way of writing the English language. In fact, it has a certain appeal to me; I’ve always been interested in different methods of communication. So, in that respect, it might be a plus-point.

Comprehensibility by others is less of an issue, to be honest. I’m really the only one who’ll ever need to read my notes, and my handwriting is truly atrocious anyway. Shorthand or no, it would likely be almost incomprehensible to anyone else.

Thanks for the input—it’s always useful to hear from someone who has experience of the subject.

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Also, since your job seems to be of technical nature, make sure whatever you pick can easily record thechnical terms.
That’s something I’d never really considered. On more careful thought, beyond a few technical terms, my notes wouldn’t need to record a huge amount of technical data. Thanks for raising the point though.
     
   
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