Speedwriting alphahand and other alphabetic systems
Most systems consist of rules for abbreviating words together with memorized abbreviations. It contains symbols for all the consonants and vowels needed to write English phonetically, and so when words are written in full, the writing is unambiguously readable. For example, the sentence "The new book is big" is written as ". Any number of suffix words can be abbreviated using this rule. In English, the systems divide into distinct types: a. Alphabetic shorthand allows you to catch most of the information conveyed. Learning any system of shorthand requires lots of dedicated practice. H s mde t labr. The system is fast, attractively cursive, but frustrating for personal use since each vowel symbol can represent several possible vowel sounds. Teeline also used strokes from Pittman and Gregg methods. There are hundreds of shorthand systems out there in a myriad of languages.
Your speed when using the Ford Improved Shorthand method depends on you ability, but 40 words per minute is pretty good and faster than many people type and claims of words are not uncommon. The idea is that it would be much easier for everyone to learn an ideographic written language than a constructed spoken, quasi-European language like Esperanto, or, worse, expect everyone to learn English.
Although Gregg Shorthand is nominally phonetic, in practice outlines sometimes follow the sound of a word, and sometimes its spelling.
At first you will have to pronounce the characters in your head and that will turn into words. I guarantee you if they had dictaphones or smartphones with recording apps or even voice recognition software there would have been no need for shorthand and it would have never been developed. Few if any new symbols need to be learned. It was never meant to be used to record information for storage. The idea is that it would be much easier for everyone to learn an ideographic written language than a constructed spoken, quasi-European language like Esperanto, or, worse, expect everyone to learn English. The later versions dropped certain symbols and introduced other simplifications to earlier versions. The Teeline system is popular in Great Britan but virtually unheard of here in the United States, and d. Speed Considerations Let's not forget that we live in a modern world. He is made to labor.
W and M are simplified by omitting the middle strokes just as was done in Gregg and other systems. Or, as you'd write it in Easy Script, "it dn' tk lg t lr".
It is not secure and anyone who can read Ford Improved Shorthand can read what you write. If you want to write languages other than English you can simply add the pronunciation marks or use the actual character for non-standard characters. There is something personal about writing with your own hand rather than using a computer.
The Pitman system is a complete phonetic alphabet, though diacritical marks have to be added alongside the lines to indicate vowels, which is awkward.
There are almost no rules to remember for the Ford Improved Shorthand method. Shorthand systems go for maximum speed at the expense of readability.
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