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Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:16 AM

Question for those of you that do know shorthand

I was thinking of teaching myself shorthand to engage another part of my brain, take notes faster and frankly, keep my work notes to myself (long story).

That said, for those that do know it (Gregg or other method) - is it really faster and is it worth it? Which method would you recommend learning and how (youtine, book??) - I doubt there are still classes.

Ironically, I'm a big advocate of handwriting and I use Palmer, Italic, and Spencerian in my daily work. What do I do? Programming and mathemagics...

Thanks

Paula

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Paula Sims Jan 8 OP
marybourg Jan 8 #1
zipplewrath Jan 8 #2
monmouth4 Jan 8 #4
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 8 #5
progree Jan 8 #3
zipplewrath Jan 8 #6
leftyladyfrommo Jan 8 #7
honeylady Jan 8 #8

Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:20 AM

1. Greg IS very fast. I love it.

It got me thru college and post graduate work. Iím sure you could learn it from a book, supplemented if necessary with on line materials.

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:22 AM

2. Yabbut

It isn't going to help much with programming and mathematics. Not what it was "designed" for. You might be able to adapt or modify it for that purpose, that's a bit beyond me. Oh, and man, if you aren't a "regular" user, you can lose it FAST.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 10:03 AM

4. I made an excellent living taking shorthand (Gregg) and to this day when I hear a word a little out

of the ordinary, I write it in shorthand in my head. It's like riding a bike, you never quite forget.

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Response to monmouth4 (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 10:09 AM

5. Like riding a bike? You never forget, but you do slow down. nt

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 09:42 AM

3. I was enthusiastic about it for awhile, but I found that gains in writing speed were offset by

taking longer to read what I had written. So eventually I abandoned it.

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Response to progree (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 10:31 AM

6. Alot of work afterwards

One person I knew that used it extensively said that it was great for quickly writing things, but that in reality, afterwards there was alot of time spent "translating" it. Depending upon what one is doing, that may not be a bad thing. It forces one to truly review the notes.

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 10:32 AM

7. I can still read shorthand and I haven't used it for 40 years.

Get a Greg shorthand book and a shorthand notebook and just practice every day.

It isn't hard. Just takes practice.

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Response to Paula Sims (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2019, 11:49 AM

8. I learned Greg in high school in the 60's.

I still know how to do it and I'm 69. Once you know it, it makes note taking so much easier.

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