The Fourth of July in Westminster Abbey

Phillips Brooks was an American Episcopal clergyman and Bishop of Massachusetts. Renowned for his charismatic preaching, he was invited in 1880 to preach at Westminster Abbey in London and at the Royal Chapel at Windsor before Queen Victoria. After his sermon on July 4 of the same year titled The Candle of the Lord, he…

Continue Reading

A Plea for Separation from England

Common Sense was a pamphlet published by Thomas Paine early in 1776. It was so popular, that over 100,000 copies were sold within three months; few writings of the period had so wide an influence. Paine’s epigrams and apt illustrations stuck in people’s minds and proved him a master of the art of spreading ideas;…

Continue Reading

What Independence Means

This selection by American statesman and political philosopher Samuel Adams — whom the famous beer was named after — was taken from a speech delivered in the Continental Congress, about one month after the Declaration of Independence. At the beginning of the speech, Adams is thinking of the hope still cherished by some Americans of…

Continue Reading

Anne Frank : citations (French)

Hello, in another blog on shorthand, quotes from Anne Frank are posted in English. I wanted to write them too. So here are some quotes in French: As always, if you see any mistakes, please, let me know… 🙂 Here are some of these quotes in English: 2) “You must work and do good, not…

Continue Reading

-NST-

Hello, Today in a Facebook group I found out that English Anniversary Gregg writes the NST sequence with right S. In French DJS, the left S is consistently used in this same sequence. Is this a French adaptation found in all French series, or rather a series-specific adaptation found in all languages (i.e. in English…

Continue Reading

Spanish shorthand question

I’m using Taquigrafía Gregg Simplificada but am encountering a small problem. I learned Spanish while living in a part of Spain where the “ce” consonant-vowel combination, e.g. hacer, is pronounced “th,” rather than “s.” This is proving extremely awkward trying to learn a shorthand system which assumes the “s” sound. Does anyone know if there’s a different system…

Continue Reading

How to get the most from the Simplified Manual

Well hello there stenography friends, I’ve been happily plowing through the Simplified Manual–not the functional one, although someday I may switch over to it, as I have seen it strongly plugged ☺️ My modus operandi has been to go through a lesson, cover all of the longhand answers with my fingers, and practice reading the…

Continue Reading

Les enfants des étoiles

Hello, Aymeric and I, we started a discussion some time ago about adding new prefixes to French Gregg. I had particularly in mind the prefixes hydr- and oxy-. For the prefix oxy-, it’s easy, the ideal prefix would be o/ as it isn’t used in French Gregg. For the prefix hydr-, well, I had a…

Continue Reading