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What I Learned about Shorthand Writing

Updated on May 15, 2017
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Shorthand writing is not for everyone. I learned more about shorthand writing from a friend.

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What is shorthand writing?

I learned that shorthand writing is an abbreviated symbolic method of writing.

I was told not to confuse Stenography with Shorthand writing.

Speed is increased with this type of writing.

The great achievement is speed in Shorthand writing that should be your number thought in mind.

I knew of shorthand writing from school days however, I was not taught about the actual system. During the early seventies shorthand writing was not introduced to scholars in detail.

  • Shorthand consists of the following:

Speed

Phrases

Abbreviations

Symbols

Words

In the past shorthand was commonly used widely.

Over the years modern technology is slowly diminishing Shorthand writing.

When do you use shorthand?

Secretaries used shorthand daily also journalists.

Though shorthand does exist in many texts from the past writers I still had to know more.

While out for lunch with a very close friend I discovered her talent on shorthand writing.

The whole concept got me thinking of writing this hub.

A method in writing symbols that requires speed similar to hieroglyphs.

Joan can type 220 words per minute her speed-typing had given an opening to her great talent. I understood from Joan's explanations each symbol contains a certain sound.

Since modern technology shorthand writing is slowly vanishing. Joan has a unique skill and ability to take down notes in a speed and all by hand.

She enjoys expressing shorthand writing in some of her recent paintings.

A rarely used method and can be useful as a secret code if you wish to keep certain files private.

  • The slowly vanishing skill can be used in the following ways:

If you want to learn shorthand writing gets on with it.

First get your mind set on the many types of shorthand writings and methods.

Learn of the difficult symbols and of the actual feature.

In this way you will know which of the symbols can be most useful to you.

Joan introduced to me the following types of short handwriting:

  • What is Pitman:

As I have learned from Joan from the English language.

Sir Isaac Pitman was the first to present Pitman shorthand writing in the year 1837.

The features notable:

Placed in a level of difficulty and recognized as hard.

The lines of the Pitman shorthand writing has a thickness in lines and is written with dots, dashes and lines.

The sound of the letter or the word presented is used phonetically instead of the spelling.

It is known as the system of abbreviations in the number one level.

I paid careful attention to her words as she explained.

I was very interested in learning more about shorthand writing.

I was not taught of the method but have heard of it.

The thorough explanations made me understand more of another topic to interestingly write about here.

  • What is Gregg:

The number two level as I understand was first shown by John Robert Gregg in the year 1888.

Phonetically, the sound of the letter is recorded instead of the spellings.

The vowels are written in the symbol of hooks and of the consonants the circles are written, making this level seen as hard to moderate level.

  • What is Teeline:

The method was thought by James Hill this became a simple too easy way to the traditional shorthand writing.

The features are not the same as in the phonetics. It is formed on letters. Joana closely explained the symbol system resembling the English alphabet.

An easy process to learn of and was presented in 1968 in level three.

  • What is Keyscript Shorthand:

In 1996 Keyscript as of based on the Pitman shorthand writing, by Janet Cheeseman was another type to take heed of in a simple manner.

In this type of shorthand writing the use of alphabets are presented.

There is no use of the Pitman symbols. Just the simple uses of the lower cases of alphabets. An easy level to learn of.

Are you interested in learning the method of shorthand writing?

A quick learner can make it in a class.

With a creative mind you can go ahead and learn the symbols of shorthand writing. Inventing your very own based or form of writing on abbreviations.

You can take courses to further your education in shorthand. I found this an interesting lesson from my friend.

Ways to learn shorthand writing:

You can use a dictionary if you really want to learn by yourself.

Do a thorough research online or in bookstores.

My friend was taught at school and has a unique skill in shorthand writing. The proper explanations gave me a better view of this unique skill.

When she read a few lines from a Sherlock Holmes’s book, I was amazed of how she went through the lines.

Such a free flow of words was read out but presented in shorthand symbols.

It may be difficult if you have no idea of shorthand. Learning can sound tough. You got to show interest in learning another form of writing.

Use flashcards to enrich your mind.

You are required to use memory in learning shorthand so more memorizing is needed.

Remembering each symbol is the process of learning shorthand writing.

Daily practice can get you learning faster.

Each symbol allows for knowing each letter, each word, or sound.

Shorthand is rarely used today.

You can invent your very own shorthand.

Long words can be abbreviated.

Make note of the words abbreviated.

Delete pronouns.

When taking down notes eliminate pronouns in this way you learn of the words abbreviated.

As in this example: ''He likes running'' is changed to ''Likes running.''

Replace numbers for words.

You save time in shorthand writing.

Use the number 1 and replace with the word one.

When writing an individual's name instead of writing down the full name write down the initials.

Blissymbolics

  • What is Bliss Symbols?

A similar procedure to the Egyptian and Chinese method of writings.

Charles Bliss an Australian who first presented the language which is universally used.

Learning an ideographic language was an idea to allow everyone to speak a written language than a constructed language.

People who have speech difficulties are taught to write in and communicate in the Blissymbolics method.

Something different as Blissymbolics had it made it easier and more of a fun learning experience.

Take it easy and don't put pressure on your writing.

Shorthand requires speed.

A tip for when you are learning shorthand writing.

Write down the keywords as a reference alongside your page.

It is advised to use a correct pen a fountain for shorthand writing is most appropriate.

What most people need to understand is that a five year old child can have issues in learning to write and read.

Adults too can have their own learning issues.

Any learning lesson can be most difficult in the beginning. Only with repetition will you start to speed up with shorthand writing.

It takes time to grasp the method of shorthand writing.

You will start reading the symbols once you continue daily practices.

It is a great idea to encourage children to learn shorthand writing in schools.

A fascinating way to improve their knowledge in symbol writing from an early age.

To make shorthand writing part of your daily activity is a way to learn more about a slowly diminishing method of writing.

I enjoyed writing on a new topic especially on Shorthand writing.

Learning never stops and if have not tried shorthand why not now?

What you want to achieve can be if you allow it for you in your time.

Shorthand writing is different and worth the try.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Vellur thank you for sharing a comment here. I appreciate your time to stop by.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Interesting to know about short hand. It is definitely great to take notes at super speed.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi suzettenaples Shorthand writing is rarely used in the time of today. Thank you kindly for stopping by Take care!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ocfireflies so kind of you to stop by thank you for the vote up and shared.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Boy, did this ever bring back memories! I studied shorthand in high school and college in the 70's. I loved learning it and it similar to learning a foreign language. I never did use it in my teaching career, but I was glad I learned and it came in handy taking notes during college. thanks for the memories!

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Devika,

      How I love this hub! I have always been interested in learning shorthand and learned lots of really cool info from your hub. voted up and shared for sure.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      RTalloni thank you kindly for stopping by I appreciate your time and effort.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      I began the Gregg method years ago, but did not finish, though I sometimes still use what I did learn. Have always thought I would go back to the materials and learn more. It would probably be a wise thing to do.

      So agree with the notes about always continuing to learn!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi snerfu I appreciate the vote up and so kind of you to stop by at my hubs.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ann A Happy New Year to you! Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your time taken.

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      Vivian Sudhir 2 years ago from Madurai, India

      This is a fascinating subject and I wish I could spend more time on it. Thanks for a great article. As usual, voted up.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      All secretaries used to have to learn shorthand but nowadays obviously they don't. It's interesting in itself though.

      I learnt how to touch-type a long time ago but I didn't learn shorthand. I was a secretary for years but as I was the only one, no one else had to read my notes so I had my own 'short' hand for the letters I was required to type for my boss. Fortunately I write quite quickly anyway!

      I'm sure people now take it up for interest, almost as an art form.

      Interesting hub.

      Ann

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      vespawoolf thank you kindly for showing up here. So true about Shorthand writing as a disappearing art. All feedback is appreciated.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Susan Recipes thank you kindly for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi strictlydating thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC thank you for sharing your wonderful mind here I appreciate all feedback.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChitrangadaSharan Thank you kindly for stopping by at my hubs. I appreciate the votes vote up and your kind words.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Shyron E Shenko thank you for the votes, UABI and shared. So much has changed due to modern technology. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tillsontitan thank you for stopping by I appreciate all votes interesting thought there.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi mary615 thank you very much for stopping by I appreciate the vote up, and shared.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi D.A.L. thank you for all kind comments I appreciate your vote up, interesting and useful.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Michael-Milec thank you very much for stopping by I appreciate the vote up and interesting

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      always exploring thank you for stopping by

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I attended high school with a girl who took short hand class and she has used the skill throughout her life. Now I wish I had studied it! Even though it is a disappearing art, I agree that it is very useful. Thank you for sharing this basic information on it.

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      I have never learnt shorthand but have an idea of it as I was working in my previous company. Thanks for sharing this.

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      StricktlyDating 2 years ago from Australia

      Wow! That's awesome! Keep up the great work!

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Devika, you are learning a lot these days. Wow! What will you become next. Keep on sharing your lessons.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very interesting, Devika. I haven't thought about shorthand in years. At one time I thought about learning it, but I never did. Thanks for sharing the information and stimulating my memories.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I probably wouldn't learn it at this point in life, but it would have come in very handy while I was in college, and other parts of my career. Maybe it's not too late to learn, but I don't think I have the time right now.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is a very interesting hub about shorthand writing. When I was in school this was quite popular. But I did not know so much as you mentioned in this hub.

      I am sure the young generation is not aware of this skill. In fact people hardly write on paper these days. Everything is noted down in mobiles or computers.

      Thanks for sharing this useful information. Voted up!

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Devika, shorthand writing is great when you need quick notes and don’t have the time to write it out longhand.

      I went to school for “cursive shorthand” but cursive writing is itself shorthand for the printed word; I have forgotten some of it, but some of it I still use today for personal use.

      I have heard that cursive writing is no longer being taught in school. I love cursive writing, to me it is art, like sign language which is poetry in motion and also a form of shorthand, with some words left out, for instance: “I am going to the store” you would sign “I go store”.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Blessings dear friend

      Shyron

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Oh the memories DD. I learned Pitman shorthand in business school. (Like Mary it was in the horse and buggy days.) I must admit, I hated it. At the time it was said Pitman was harder to learn and write than Gregg, but Gregg was easier to read back.

      Anyway, I had no idea about the other forms of shorthand. You picked an interesting subject from the annals of history!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I learned shorthand (back in the horse and buggy days). Back then it was required of anyone seeking employment that required dictation. Too bad people don't use it anymore.

      Like using longhand to write, shorthand is a dying art.

      Great Hub. Voted UP, and shared.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Very informative article always wanted to learn this skill voted up and sharing !

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting read about a form of writing we hardly hear of today. Pity some skills are lost forever on the younger generation.

      I however never learnt it Devika.

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Devika ,I would love to learn shorthand. Most of my hubs are over 2,00o words long , and they are originally wrote by hand,{long-hand}, so it would be of tremendous use to me. I will take your useful tips and look into this ,now I have had a push start from you. Excellent article as always. Voted up, interesting and very useful.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Very valuable informations, new to me the art of Shorthand Writing. One of those "stirring up desire to be young once more."

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting topic. I'm afraid it's outdated but useful to those who still use it...Thank you...

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you Ericdierker.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway, thank you for sharing a valuable thought here.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      We almost never hear about this anymore. How neat that someone still does it; it's kind of like the buggy whip these days but still useful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting as always about a subject we rarely hear about anymore. Thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting hub on an interesting subject. I learned it but I fell out of use so this was fun to read.