I was talking to a family member who studies in college. He was explaining that most students take their laptops in class and simply type the oral lectures given by teachers directly on their laptops, because their typing speed is much faster than their note-taking speed. According to him, he can type about 4 times faster than he can write, which allows him to have more comprehensive notes. He also said that he did a typing test speed and can reach up to 70 French words per minute.
I’m a bit surprised because I’ve read about English Gregg speeds of about 120 wpm as not being uncommon even today. Now I know that 120 English wpm is not the same as 120 French or Spanish wpm (do you know the equivalence Carlos?). In my case I’m still at a stage where my typing speed is much higher than my shorthand speed but it’s fun to imagine that a trained shorthand writer, still today, could take faster notes than someone typing on a keyboard (excluding stenotyping of course).