I’m on lesson 48 of 70 in Simplified Manual


I started learning about 2 months ago, just as a hobby. I can’t imagine using it at work. I’m a computer programmer, and I just needed a hobby that didn’t involve typing or looking at an LCD or CRT.

Gregg is pretty fun! I’m glad I chose it instead of gardening or something.

Why is it that the hints in the margins are always for the words that are totally obvious to me? And the words I get stuck on are never in the margins? 😉

Real question: the book tries to give the reader a lesson on commas. It’s not clear whether, when taking shorthand for real, I should write little commas in circles everywhere they appear in the book. I think the answer is no, but I just want to double check.

Also, I really like the Uni-ball Signo GP 0.5 mm pen for writing shorthand. Its gel ink is just right. I tried Pilot’s Varsity fountain pen, but the line it lays down is too thick for me.

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4 comments Add yours
  1. They put the commas in to teach where the punctuation is supposed to go — but they also give you dictations without any commas, and then you have to put them in.   If you don't have any trouble with commas, only put them in when you are transcribing the material after, not when you're writing.

  2. Starting with Simplified Gregg, they made a point of including commas and circling them during dictation — the reason being to teach proper punctuation. Personally, I don't write a single comma in Gregg, let alone circling them, because it affects speed.

  3. I agree with Chuck. I never write commas because they're pointless in shorthand and I never transcribe what I write anyway. They're even inconsistent about it in the Simplified manual letters.

    If you must do commas, I like what they do in the Speed Studies book more: an ordinary comma, but with a very fat, heavy dot to distinguish it from a comma S.

  4. If you have time in the dictation to insert the commas, its a good idea.  The better idea is to circle punctuation like the comma and the semicolon and colon so that you can clearly differentiate them from "ings" and "h's".    If you've got enough reserve speed, you will find you have time to insert commas and paragraphing as you take the dictation. 

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