Is shorthand difficult?

Hello, in shorthand-related boards, I often see someone who is asking advices to choose a shorthand and, among other criteria, there is always a shorthand that is easy. Each time, I’m surprised because, for me, shorthand is not the kind of thing that can be considered as difficult: there are rules and you apply these…

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“Shaker” Mechanical Pencils for Shorthand?

Has anyone ever used “shaker” mechanical pencils for Gregg? These are mechanical pencils that advance the led by a shake as opposed to pushing the button. I’ve always preferred mechanical pencils because of how they remain sharp compared to traditional pencils. I didn’t like a traditional or a mechanical pencil option for shorthand because of…

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National Emergency Library (Internet Archive)

Internet Archive has launched its National Emergency Library with wide open access for all its digitized books until June 30th, 2020.   No waiting period!  There are many Gregg shorthand books available to borrow, including Gregg Notehand. There is also a Book Sponsorship program.  If there’s a book they don’t have, you can request that they digitize…

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Taquigrafía Morma

Hello fellows: Finally, I have made a PDF file with the shorthand system called Morma, for Spanish. This system was created by Mr. Luis Morales Matus published in 1915. Mr. Morales was a shorthand reporter in Chile. He started using Francisco de Paula Marti’s shorthand, but when he realised that he couldn’t pass the exam…

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Stuck in Translation … Ugh!

So, these are minutes of two county housing authority meetings. I’ve figured out most of it, but a few stubborn blanks remain. Can anybody help? (The pic is the best I can do – the originals are very faint). For the first one, I get: “Notes:  ___ contract for the next fiscal year ____.” (I…

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Stuck in Translation

This diary was written in 1940. She wrote stuff in shorthand that she didn’t want her mom to know about (lol – didn’t we all?) She’s writing about a married man who’s been sniffing around her, taking her for rides and giving her small gifts. On this date, the man (Mr. Carver) took her to…

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“Why Do I Still Write Shorthand?”

Hello, As fellow shorthand lovers I thought you may be interested in an article I wrote for “Over 60”  – an on-line magazine for Australian and New Zealand circulation. I wanted the wider community to know why I love writing shorthand and that I am not alone! I’m sure you will associate with my feelings!…

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Pen Writers Still Used in German Parliament

My spouse has been jealous that I’m learning shorthand, and has been interested for some months in learning a shorthand system appropriate for German. Germany does everything officially, so there is an official German pen steno system, the Deutsche Einheitskurzschrift, with three difficulty levels, that is still in active use today. It is required learning for…

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