Which simplified edition?

I want to learn simplified with no previous shorthand teaching whatsoever. Do I buy the first edition (1949) or the second (1955)? What are the differences in the books?

(by jacobguerrero for everyone)

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  1. Any of the two editions is fine.  In each edition, there are three versions of the manual: one is called "Gregg Shorthand Simplified", where it has all the rules and no key in the back, another titled "Gregg Shorthand Simplified Functional Method", which is designed so that you deduce the rules from the shorthand, and has the key to all of the shorthand in the back, and another titled "Gregg Shorthand Simplified for Colleges, Volume 1".  Although the three versions of the manual are good, I recommend the Functional Method, since you can check your progress with the key provided.   Below are the covers of the books:   First Editions     Second Editions    

  2. I have this 1955 one, pictured above, second row, column one.   The reason I have it is because it was the only Gregg shorthand book that Amazon sold.  (There might have also been an expensive college textbook.)   I like it.   For the transcriptions, I printed out the ones on the Korean website.  That was a huge help – although the site doesn't have the transcriptions for the last lessons.   I can transcribe all but a few words in those.   Speaking of which, does any know what the figure "mem" + "er" means in the context of this sentence … When you use our lists, you have the assurance that your message is being delivered to those merchants throughout the country who are ?????? for your goods — and to nobody else.   Thanks!

  3. Thank you BJB,    I knew that mem+r was a brief form for market, but without any words between "who are" and "market" it made no sense.   (This is Lesson 65 in the 1955 Simplified manual.)  It makes sense now.

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