Teaching and Learning Shorthand: Past Practices

I have been recently reading Lesley Cowan’s biography of John Robert Gregg and I have been finding it quite interesting.  One of the things that it has sparked an interest in, is the teaching methods for Gregg shorthand, when it was still being taught in schools and colleges. What I am not sure about is…

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How do you write….?

I’ve been googling whether there was a “how do you write…?” thread, and there doesn’t seem to be one, so I decided to start one. Apologies if there already is one that didn’t appear on my searches. There have been a few words that I have been trying to work out what is the “proper”…

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Rules for er and r- Beginner Questions

I’ve been looking through the 1916 manual, and I’m not really clear why the rules for expressing -er are the way they are, especially when it comes to word-signs. You can either use can disjoined r. Or you can use a joined r. Or you can use the reversing principle if the brief contains the…

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The 1902 manual

I’ve recently been looking at the Rider university collection of shorthand stuff donated by Louis Leslie. Rather interesting that the collection has the 1902 manual. I thought that, out of all the preanniversary editions, the 1916 version is the most mature, or the 1888 edition would be there because of its historical significance. A question…

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Assorted beginner questions

I’m new to Gregg pre-anniversary, and being a the sort of person who likes to try stuff out as soon as possible, I’m just trying to thing of ways of using Gregg as a beginner that is not too tiring, but keeps me using Gregg. I have a copy of the Gregg anniversary functional and plain manuals and am working through them, but they tend to like the “slow but steady” approach. I prefer “start using it from day one” approach.

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