The text is addressed to those with no knowledge of shorthand, the JPGs are there to keep everyone else gainfully occupied ...
|Narrow your focus|
* "I go" would need a vowel inserted
- www.long-live-pitmans-shorthand.org.uk/theory-intro.htm Instruction books
|Take your pick,|
same shorthand within
|Good pads for dictation, work|
& exams, cheap brick-sized
for practice and drilling
*A4 in longhand would probably be just as quick to write
* "Insert vowel in "proper" and the diphone in "appropriate" to help distinguish between these two
|Pen is best for speed, pencil is|
more convenient for practising in public
(This is Noodler's Konrad Flex)
DICTIONARY - Although the three items above will get you started, you are at some point going to need a shorthand dictionary. You could finish the instruction book just using all the outlines they give, but even before that you might want to remind yourself of an outline already met with, without having to flip through the chapter pages to find where it occurred. The largest dictionary will accompany you through an entire lifetime of shorthand writing, but the small pocket dictionary may serve you better to begin* with, as it is more portable and quicker to consult. There is the temptation to want to use new words not specifically given in the instruction book before all the theory has been covered, and having a dictionary will avoid incorrect guesses. I would say that this is an inefficient way of going about learning. Giving priority to completing theory, using only the outlines given, is more important and a better use of your time until the book is finished.
* "to begin" written through the line, based on the phrase "to be"
|Little and often|
gives best results
|Get stuck in|
* "alternative" can also be written as an intersection, using T + V Hook
You do not have to perfect your knowledge of each chapter before moving on to the next. The theory and vocabulary in the next section will automatically include what you have just learned, and I can assure you that whilst you are working on the next chunk, the previous one will start to seem rather obvious and get more so as you progress. A few lessons down the line, the first chapter will seem really simple and basic, yet at the beginning you were working hard to master it. Every time you sit down to a session, it is helpful to first skim over the previous section and write out a few of the outlines and read some of the sentences, as your warm-up exercise.
|Prepare in advance: single outlines in margin,|
or sentences with blank lines underneath
|The longhand route|
|Your smarts, good|
sense, nimble fingers and