Graded Readings in Gregg Shorthand

Unpacking after my recent move, I discovered I have two copies of Margaret Hunter’s 1919 book. One copy is in pristine condition, the other was clearly used by either a techer or a devout student as phrasing opportunities which were not utilized are circled with the appropriate phrase written in the margin.

For instance, page 37: “The list” and “which we enclose” and “on hand” are encircled. Page 85: “year round”, “that will”, etc. You get the idea.

Separately, I was amused when reading some of the business letters to recognize that “PE” written above an “SN” was an extension of the disjoined prefix “tr” principle – Peterson.

I’d heartily recommend anyone learning Gregg make an attempt to obtain the Phrase Book for their particular version. In the intro to the 1902 Manual Dr. Gregg announces one of the reasons for the revision was to introduce phrasing much earlier as if a student learns to write words individually it will increase his difficulty in learning proper phrasing. Which is really why it seemed so odd to me that in the DJS Manual intro reference is made to the elimination of phrases which, although taught, research and input from teachers showed that very few of the learned phrases were actually applied to real life office dictation by practitioners.

Anyone who’s into Anniversary or pre-Anniversary should find a copy of GRiGS if it’s not already in his or her library. The articles and letters are actually entertaining. Could it be that business letters were more lively a century ago?

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  1. I have both.  I think I got the preanniversary not realizing it was that.  I think my anniversary one was geared more toward younger students, jr. high.  The first few lessons were written really large and it said something abuot that in the introduction (haven't looked at it for a while).  I got real lucky and got a phrase book, Anni, from a second hand store, I think for $1. Debbi

  2. One of my Gregg books has circles around the words and even someone who wrote over the shorthand (not as accurate either). that's where I suggested the idea of getting some transparent paper and putting it over the book and copying it or maybe my ideas was to copy the book… or printing it from the PDF's… I don't know, doesn't matter.  But that's where the idea came from, these old books where someone had written on the outlines.

  3. The 1916 Graded readings starts out with the shorthand plates enlarged and then drop down to the very misleading smaller shorthand plates.  The Anniversary edition didn't follow the same format.  However, since it's "graded" readings, it is meant to follow the lessons in the Manual — that's why the reading material is rather simple at the beginning.    I find the "reduced" sized plates a bit problematic to read.  It is very difficult to make out the proportions of some of the outlines.  I have a hard time getting through my copy of "The Sign of the Four" because I have to keep re-reading to make out the words. 

  4. My 1930 copy of Graded Readings, plates by Leslie, has the occasional broken line. M looks like N-space-N, that sort of thing. Maybe every 10th page. Took me quite a while to figure it out the first time, but now I know to consider it when I can't read an outline. I like reading different writers' — it reassures me that it doesn't have to be machine-written (like Pitman texts).

  5. The smaller plates where hard to read for me at first.  But they're not too bad. I have another Anni book, Dictation and Transcription, all in shorthand and it has some very hard to read outlines.  But I get through almost all of it, usually with a rereading. Debbi

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