Dictation Files, Simplified Functional, Chapter 17, 40-90 wpm

Each zip file contains several mp3’s of the same passage at different speeds.

Passage  Topic

144 Mailing list
145 under strain
146 patron, fur coat
147 neighbour, May 10
148 Neighbour, pardon


File names are in the format: gsf2-13-110-40-90.zip

gsf2 = Gregg Simplified Functional 2nd Edition
-13 = Lesson 13
-110 = passage 110
-40-90 = speeds from 40-90 wpm in 10wpm increments.

See this post for more info:


Attachment: gsf2 17-144.zip
Attachment: gsf2 17-145.zip
Attachment: gsf2 17-146.zip
Attachment: gsf2 17-147.zip
Attachment: gsf2 17-148.zip

(by Cricket for
group greggshorthand)


3 comments Add yours
  1. These files are excellent training devices. It's been probably a year or so since I actually "took" dictation and this morning I started with them, not having looked up the plates in the manual (as I use Anniversary). Had no problem up to 80 wpm at which time I fell slightly behind — same with 90 wpm. Now I've looked at and read the plates, rewritten them from the book in Anniversary format and relished the opportunity to tackle 90 wpm successfully from dictation. I plan (having too much time on my hands) to practice them several days at 90 wpm before going on to the "advance" dictation again which McBud has posted online. Thanks, Cricket, for reawakening my interest in actually taking dictation. 🙂

  2. Glad to help!

    Let me know if you want higher speeds or other passages. Even better, send me the base audio files.

    These were done with a base of 60wpm, which works well enough for 40-90wpm. 120 might work for as low as 90. No harm trying.

    The base files don't have to be exact time. I adjust their speeds just like I do the other speeds. I can handle wav and mp3 files, but haven't tried other formats. Again, no harm trying.

    I find the later chapters easier than the early ones. Either I'm getting better or the brief forms really help.

  3. When I looked at the plates in the Simplified manual, I frankly was surprised to see how many words are written in full, contrary to Anniversary practice. I suspect if one drilled in and used Anniversary for many years it's like riding a bike, the concepts and abbreviations simply stick in memory and don't need heavy reinforcement after a few years. When I used Gregg professionally, I would review (and write) the plates from Speed Building (3rd Edition) and Speed Building for Colleges (1945) in full at least once a year using half an hour or so daily. In those days I probably averaged 200 wpm during meetings. Today I mainly use Gregg for personal notes and do take the trouble to read articles from back issues of The Gregg Writer for probably a quarter of an hour daily because (don't laugh) I do enjoy reading shorthand for pleasure. It was a pleasure to discover this group on the internet and start learning the additional briefs and shortcuts shown in the two "expert" books aimed at reporters published in the late 1940's. Shorthand is fun!

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