Another Shot at Shorthand

Hi All,
I’m so glad I found this group. I was bored at work last week so I started surfing the Net and I stumbled upon Gregg Shorthand. That took me back! I remembered back in my elementary years when I found my mom’s shorthand books in my closet. I believe they were the Diamond Jubilee Series, Vol. 1, text and student transcript. That book sparked my interest in shorthand and I tried to learn it myself. In addition, I also came to know that shorthand will be a part of my curriculum when I reach my sophomore year in high school. I was so excited! I tried to learn as much as I can from that book but being the typical teenager back then, I got distracted by other things and I said to myself…oh well, I’ll learn this stuff anyway in school. But I was wrong and I was pretty disappointed when I became a sophomore and learned that they scrapped shorthand from our curriculum. The school said that it has become obsolete and instead we will just focus on honing our typing skills the entire year. We typed like crazy…to the point where we can even format and type business letters blind-folded (literally…it was a requirement to pass the course). Thanks to that rigid training I’m a pretty good typist…and I’m kinda glad I learned to type with a manual typewriter because it made transitioning to a keyboard so much easier since the keys are softer and you don’t have to press down as much. That really improved my speed. I just wish I had the same training with shorthand. I could’ve used this skill all through my college years when I needed to take tons of notes. Oh well, I guess it’s never too late. I just started learning shorthand again….this time, I’m doing it so I can be more efficient in jotting down notes during our meetings at work. Also, I don’t think anybody at work knows shorthand so in a way, it’ll make my notes a bit private : )
Anyway, I look forward to interacting with you all and I’m glad that through this group, Gregg shorthand still lives on : )
Dennis : )

(by dennis for everyone)

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  1. Welcome to the group Dennis.  It's always a pleasure to get a new member (and one that, hopefully, will continue with DJS – okay I am prejudiced since I use that system).  Let us know how you're doing.   Joanne

  2. I just received my books today in the mail (DJS, volume 1 and student transcript). Wow, Abe's Books is fast and reliable. I'll spend some time this weekend with the first couple of chapters. This is so exciting. Dennis : ) P.S. I hope I'll stick with this system. I tried the Anniversary Edition while waiting for my DJS books and it just seems to go too fast for me. I got the first few concepts and then I somehow got lost in the second exercise. I browsed through the DJS book and I like the pace of this system.

  3. Dennis: Good luck to you. DJubilee was the shorthand system taught in my school when I graduated in 1980 (Series 90 hadn't reached us yet, for some reason). You were expected to reach 80wpm at the end of one school year.

    Further study could take you to 120-140wpm; exercises were given at 170wpm, but that's the extreme apogee of the system–only "shorthand greats" would ever reach that speed with DJS.

    DJS is pretty easy to learn, though, in terms of shorthand. I hope you will keep us posted on your progress.

  4. Just for clarification . . . ABE Books is a "clearinghouse" for a huge number of independent booksellers.  It's a tremendous service–hard to imagine the "old days" when searchable databases like these weren't available!   But service depends on the individual vendor, not on ABE.  I've never had a problem with any book I've ordered, but speed can be variable.  And be aware that if you order from outside the U.S. both postage costs and shipping time (especially if you opt for surface shipping) will be significantly higher.   Alex

  5. Erik:

    I confess that I don't know. I know more about the limitations of DJS and Anniversary (and pre-Ann.).

    Simplified was somewhere in the middle of those. The Gregg people realized that pen court reporting was becoming extinct, and made allowances. Simplified wasn't meant for court reporting, only amanuensis.

    I would imagine a superstar might be able to reach 190wpm while someone very good might reach 150wpm. By contrast, when we were doing Diamond Jubilee at the end of the 70s, after one year of instruction, we were expected to reach 80wpm.

    Does anybody else know more about this?

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