Which shorthand should I learn?

Basically, my situation is as follows:
I need to be able to take *very* rapid notes, faster than normal speech. These don’t need to be preserved for posterity or anything, in fact I only need to be able to read them for up to an hour after I write them. I hate writing with a pencil (so Pitman is out of the question). Which kind of shorthand should I use? If you recommend Gregg, which version? I understand that there are many, like Diamond Jubilee, etc. Please help this newbie!

(by foomanwizard for everyone)

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  1. For related discussions, see also:   The Best System Simplified vs. Diamond Jubilee? Which version of Gregg? Anniversary vs. Simplified – The Great Debate Which Shorthand to use???   ________________ Praise the lord, I saw the light line!

  2. I'm not an expert, but I expect most of ours would say that Anniversary is the system for you if you require speeds faster than normal speech…which is real fast.  Be aware that the high speed comes at the price of a higher learning curve.   _______________ Praise the lord, I saw the light line!

  3. Foomanwizard & John   Wasn't it Charles Rader who said (in the intro to one of the DJS series books)
    "The more I write shorthand, the more I write shorthand."?   Didn't someone else quote this recently in a similar context?   I always took it to mean that maybe writing things out, if you hve the skill to write really fast, makes it much easier to transcribe later. No?   Billy PTLISTLL

  4. Rader wrote that in a dictionary for the Simplified version. He was attempting to discourage beginning students from inventing lots of their own abbreviations. Again, this was in a text that was aiming for 120 wpm for office work.   Writers who wanted to to on t Congressional reporting or court reporting had to learn many extra phrasing principles and other abbreviations. This was absolutely necessary to attain speeds of 200 that were needed for reporting speeches and for faster parts of court reporting like jury-charge material.   So, for example, the phrase to practice medicine is written in court reporting as: tprkm. I believe so is written a-be-s. Civil service is written with 2 disjoined, right ss.   Brian    

  5. <>  NO.  I can write 120 (easy and familiar) but don't aske me to be able to read it LOL I agree with the Anniversary edition.  From what I understand it can be really fast.  That's why I'm learning it, I have a hard time with DJS at 90 wpm (yes that one I can get up to 120.. but readability…well… see above)… I just like the idea of speed in shorthand, being able to write everything someone says… Debbi

  6. I think what he meant was that if a fast writer spells out more words, it will be easier for him to read it later, rather than trying to guess what all the abbreviations mean.  Wow, Debbi, when did you join the 120 club (I am not a member)?  Congratulations!   _______________ Praise the Lord, I saw the light line.

  7. I joined a long time ago, but as I said it's very illegable.  And HUGE.  When the speed goes up my handwriting gets bigger.  LOL.    And maybe it's just my shorthnd that I couldn't read at 120 where I could with the same material at 90 (and that's starting at 90 and working my way up to 120, so I do know the material…). Debbi

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