I’m curious if anyone in this group has any experience learning and using Speedwriting.  It’s always kind of appealed to me, but the few times I’ve looked at it it seems like there are some logical problems with the system.  (For example, retaining the letter “c” which has no phonetic value). 

Did the Speedwriting system change with the different editions the same way the Gregg and Pitman systems did? 

(by alex for everyone)

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  1. Yes, Speedwriting changed in varous edition. Speedwriting is easier because it's based on symbols and cursive characters that you already use. One can learn Speedwriting in a intensive course after about 6 weeks.   I taught myself Speedwriting when I was 6th grade. I used my mother's Speedwriting texts. I switched to Gregg when I started medical school becuase Gregg lent itself to adaptation for medical use better than what I had seen of medical Speedwriting. Brian

  2. I believe the letter "c" is used for beginnings such as con, coun, etc.  I learned it a long time ago and I think that's what it's used for.   Is it also for the letter "k"?  I can't remember now… I think so because it's easier to write.  Or is the "k" used for con, coun, etc.?  and a "c" for the "c" and "k" sound?  I only remember cpe for copy… and cpn for coupon… and I think cp for keep… maybe… Debbi

  3. Speedwriting is relatively easy to learn. I learned an earlier version (1960's). I learned it before Gregg and it's true it helped me to pursue Gregg to completion on my own. But Speedwriting (then) was rampant with inconsistencies, which for me more than offset the advantage of its being based on the familiar a-b-c's. Furthermore, I believe it's a rare bird that can attain a Speedwriting speed of 80 wpm for a 5-min test. My recommendation would be to go for Gregg, and if anticipated difficulty daunts you, choose the Diamond Jubilee Series. It strikes a nice balance between speed and simplicity/ease of learning. After that you can look into other, earlier versions of Gregg and extend your system–and speed–to your satisfaction. -Guy

  4. I could do speedwriting at 80 for 5 minutes easily.  And transcribe it accurately.   I could do 100 wpm not so easily… I figured I would never get up there, so that's one reason I switched to Gregg.  Plus Gregg felt more like shorthand then speedwriting did… One lady in my class did Speedwriting and Gregg and was up to 120 wpm… so that also convinced me that speedwriting wasn't really for "speed"… Debbi

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