Introduction and Study Buddy

Hello friends!

My name is Stephen, and I’m a budding Gregg (simplified) enthusiast, a student, a photographer, and a shy esperantist (mi estas eterna komencanto).

I was welcomed many months ago, and my efforts have waxed and waned as life continues to create obstacles to my shorthand study. Most were self imposed. Perhaps you can relate. 🙂

I began my study of shorthand to be a better student and take more complete notes. I’m also fascinated by such an incredible technology. I wish I could find a teacher. If I could, I would do an independent study and get credit towards my degree!

Luckily for me, I have a friend who is equally enthralled by Gregg and its elegance, and I’m wondering how I can take full advantage of having a study buddy. Any ideas? We are going to write each other letters and such, and we try to practice together, though we have yet to find a good study rhythm.

Thank you all. Be well.

6 comments Add yours
  1. This is wonderful! How much time a week are you and your buddy willing to dedicate to shorthand? In the past, beginner shorthand classes used to meet 5 times a week, not counting the dictation lab. Each lesson of the manual was designed for a 40-minute class period. Is this schedule feasible for you?

    You could help each other with the lesson content and with dictation. There are other possibilities, such as brief form practice (your buddy showing you a random brief form and you having to read it). You could push each other as well, and check on progress. The important thing is to have a plan of study and stick with it.

    1. That schedule sounds ideal! We can always put in the time, but we can't always meet. We have already done 50 minutes today, and we will be doing that 5 days a week.
      But we are going on break soon, so our schedules will change a bit. (more free time for shorthand though!)

      We will definitely incorporate your suggestions. Soon we will find something that really clicks.

  2. I have studied Simplified for a few years now and am fairly decent at it (though not perfect). For me, a slow but steady pace of study with the main book plus supplemental material was key. It did take me awhile to get down just the right method that worked for me.

    Let me know if I can help out in any particular way.

  3. I supplemented the main textbook with Most Used Shorthand Words and Phrases: Classified According To The Lessons In The Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified, by John Robert Gregg and Louis A. Leslie. It provides a lot of additional examples from the lessons in the textbook, and made all the difference for me.

    After I finished the main book, I ordered some old copies of Gregg Dictation Simplified, Gregg Transcription Simplified, and Gregg Speed Building Simplified. The business letters get a bit boring after a time, since there's not really a lot of variety to them, but I don't regret choosing to work through them.

Leave a Reply