The “W” Sound

As I said in my introduction, I am very new to shorthand and maybe just haven’t come across this in the manual yet, but I am curious – what symbol is used to make the “W” sound in words like water, wait, when, etc.


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  1. Good question! The w sound is usually abbreviated using the oo-hook (like a u) if the word starts with w- or sw-. However, if the w sound is anywhere else, the diphthong is indicated by placing a small dash under the vowel that accompanies the w. You will see this in lesson 4. My recommendation is not to try to write these words yet, because you'll learn brief forms for many of these words that start with w, and we prefer you write those words correctly in the order they are being presented in the manual.

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