beginner!

i have recently been interested in learning shorthand and would be grateful if anybody could tell me which is the eaiest to begin with? also which books i could buy to help me along

(by x-naivete-x for everyone)

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  1. Which shorthand should I learn? – link to some great advice.   Need Help Finding Manual – link has ideas on finding one type of shorthand, but you can use the ideas it for a variety.   Hope these help! Debbi

  2. Whatever Shorthand system you choose, ask yourself 'what will I be using it for?'. If it's for general note-taking, go for the Gregg Simplified Edition ; if you need speed (real speed!) go for the Gregg 1916 Manual. All you need apart from a manual is a dictionary, a phrase-book and a reading book – Alice M. Hunter's 'Graded Readings' is excellent. Do contact me if you need a copy of the Reader – I live in the UK.

  3. I second Sidhetaba's opinion.

    UK residents will almost certainly be able to find Pitman New Era materials easier to find than Gregg.

    I would amend Anniversary2696's post as follows—If you want to do general note-taking, learn Teeline (if your notes are "short-term") or Pitman 2000 (which can be read years later). If you're looking for mega-speed, learn Pitman New Era. All these are still in print and easy to find.

  4. If you do decide on Gregg, you'll easily be able to find books online. I've bought several from Abe Books.  If you click this link, you'll see what's available, with UK results first:   http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SearchResults?y=0&tn=gregg+shorthand&x=0&sortby=3   Sometimes, though, it's cheaper to buy books from the US. Gregg was more popular there, so books are more readily avilable and cost less. So even when you add airmail shipping, they're still cheaper than the UK equivalents.   Kevin (in Cambridge)   

  5. Yes, Sidhetaba, you got it right!  Thanks for the plug!   XNaiveteX, there's a link on the first page for GETTING STARTED.  You might want to read through that.  Then again, those words are just MY opinion. . . .   Marc aka ShorthandMarc  

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