I just wanted to thank Carlos for the warm welcome and all of you for the incredible vault of information you have here on the blog! I’m new to the shorthand world and have recently been working my way through learning the Gregg system for taking notes at work and to enable my fountain pen hobby.
I have been putting together a little Memrise course for Gregg Notehand to help me study, and I thought it might be of interest to some of you:
I will keep updating it as time permits, constructive feedback is welcomed 😀
Oh my, this is actually very cool! Welcome to the blog, Matt! The only issue that I see is how to show proportions with the words. Could top and bottom lines be added to the outlines? You could make those lines dotted and faint, but still be visible. Just a thought.
Thanks for the suggestion Carlos. I have added some comparisons to the first unit to help show the sizing, but you're right, I should figure out how to scale the characters properly.
I am pleased to see that the use of Gregg is growing, requiring a disciplined approach to writing and thinking. Too much has modern digital gadgetry suborned our personal skills.
In October 1939 while stationed on Salisbury Plain, coping with the phony war, one of the pastimes made available was shorthand classes. I had started learning shorthand from my mother who was a secretary to a Labour cabinet minister. She was amused to experience being chauffeur-driven in a car bedecked with Labour slogans to the voting station where she voted Conservative!
When I attended the first shorthand lesson, I was disappointed to find that it was not ‘proper’ shorthand with thick and thin strokes, on, below and above the line. It wasn’t Pitman’s, but a uniform light-line stenography based on the ellipse, called Gregg. I was astonished to find that I was writing sentences during the first half-hour and still remember “I can cash the cheque at the market”!
It was incredibly easy to learn and execute but after a few weeks the instructor was posted away, and Gregg lessons were to cease. Somewhat adventurously, I said that because I had learned Pitman’s, I would take the class and had to keep one week ahead of the group when taking them through the manual. To questions such as, “How is a “w” inserted, or how do you write “er”, I would say “That comes in a later lesson” and then devote the subsequent week staying ahead of them. I made use of my Gregg during the following six years and my phonetic call=sign was “no nighty” nonite. I still use Gregg in my Filofax diary and eschew the mophone.
Yay, another Notehand fan! Welcome! When I first started out, I did something similar for the Notehand brief forms on Quizlet. There are flash cards, quizzes and even a matching game, including one called Gravity that's fun and speed-oriented (just a note about that… you have to type in the answer precisely as it appears on the cards to get a correct answer). Good luck with your studies!
Oh, a couple of other things. I created a Notehand Bingo game that you can print off. Also, I recorded the first 20 units for dictation practice. You can download the mp3's here. Eventually I'll add more, too. I'm using all this stuff with my kids for homeschool.
That brief forms thing is going to be extremely useful, nice job!
I found programs like anki and memrise very helpful when starting off
I tried out your Memrise course. I think it has the potential to be a powerful tool for learners of shorthand. I think the issue with the proportions is that Memrise is automatically resizing your images to just fit in the Memrise flashcard. I don't know how you are creating the images but if you are writing the outlines on paper and scanning them in, one of the following documents may be of use to you:
The first one is an Open Office Writer document included in case you want to edit it (Open Office Writer is a free word processor). The second document is a pdf version of the first one. Each document contains a page full of squares. Inside each square is a pair of light gray dashed horizontal lines spaced at the Gregg ruling spacing of 8.7 mm. The idea is that you write the outline in the square and you upload the entire square to Memrize; this should preserve the relative sizes of the outlines.
Kudos for taking on this project and sharing your Memrise course!
Inspired by Matthew and his Memrise course for Notehand, I have created one for Simplified. I put the outlines I have trouble with in it. (Phrases trip me up both ways. Sometimes I'm looking at a word and trying to decipher what phrase it is, and sometimes I'm looking at a phrase and trying to decipher what word it is.) Here is a link to the course:
Very cool, and it's awesome that you're using your own outlines. Good job!
You all are very creative with these high-tech ways of learning. Thanks for posting about them. It is interesting read of these different approaches to studying, and to assimilating new information.
I still just spread books all around me and alternate. 🙂