My Thoughts After Thirteen Months

To My Shorthand Friends:

It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 months now that I began my journey in the study of Gregg shorthand. After all of these months I have made my way to Assignment 33 in the Simplified system. I do feel a small sense of accomplishment in making it to this point. I’ve learned a lot in the process but I know I’ve just barely scratched the surface of shorthand. Only 37 assignments left to go.

Though I have gotten quite fluent in reading shorthand there are a couple of principles that stump me when it comes to forming outlines in my mind even though the manual says I have enough knowledge of the system to be able to form an outline for any word in the English language.

I’m still enjoying learning shorthand and I’m definitely bound and determined to finish it and learn the entire system. I have many thanks to all of you here in this wonderful group for all the knowledge you have passed down to me.

Happy 13th Month Anniversary!  😎

Paul

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  1. Thank you everyone for the kind words.

    Assignment 33 is a bit difficult and kind of throwing me for a loop with the omission of -T in words ending with -st (but not all words) Ugh! The word pass or past, other than context clues how would one know?

    It's times like these that I really wish I had a real teacher in a classroom setting… as well as when or when not to write or omit minor vowels (that's probably my weakest strength in all the theory I've learned).

    Susan – I hope your studies are going well. What assignment are you up to now?

    1. The st is written in monosyllables (with the exceptions in parenthesis below, or the ones listed in the book) to make the outlines clear, and it is usually omitted in words of more syllables. Memorizing the exceptions, as paragraphs 299-301 explain, is much easier.

      In monosyllables, the st is written:

      -ast: cast, fast, mast, vast (but not in past or last because they are used in phrases, as "past year" and "last year")
      -east: east, beast, feast, least, yeast
      -ost: lost, post, frost (with the exception of cost, and most because it's a brief form)
      -oast: boast, coast, roast, toast
      -orst: worst
      -est: jest, nest, pest, vest, zest (best, rest, test, and west are exceptions, memorize the exceptions here because they are more common)
      -ist: fist, mist (list is a brief form)

      In words with more syllables, the st is usually omitted: artist, latest, hardest, etc. But if the word ends in a vowel, or if the word does not end in with the last consonant of the word, the st is written in full but disjoined to make them distinct: easiest, busiest, craziest, highest, individualist, etc.

      I hope this helps.

  2. Paul, why not get a Gregg dictionary? There's one for Simplified. There also might be a Most Used Words book. The one for Anni is by "chapter you can first write it", which was very helpful for some of the more obscure rules (back before I switched back to Simplified).

    I tried making a dictionary myself, adding new words from the passages. After a while, though, it was hard to tell which words were new to me.

  3. Yes, I have the Simplified dictionary as well as The Most Used Phrases… book. There are a lot of times I wished I had the Simplified dictionary as a PDF like there is for the Anniversary one because sometimes I want to look up an outline really quick but don't want to drag my dictionary out or don't have it handy. Words that I'm not sure of I always like to look up so that I can reinforce the outline in my head (whether it be wrong or right).

    Thanks Carlos for the great examples for the Omission of T in word endings. I will print that out and keep it on the inside cover of my book for handy reference until I feel comfortable with that rule.

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