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Speedwriting Shorthand


If you want to make some extra money or even start your own business with shorthand services, you will find that a lot of clients need this skill by their side for documentation purposes. Shorthand must be learned through a certification process or a class on shorthand, a multitude of these can be found online or at local colleges.

It is not something we are used to doing naturally. When you look at a piece of paper where someone has written in shorthand you might think it is a written code or even another language all together. In some ways it is actually both.

Sometimes shorthand can also be called speedwriting, because, in essence that is what you are doing. Just imagine (or even try this yourself) writing down a complete conversation on a pad of paper and a pen. It is really difficult! However, if you learned shorthand or speedwriting you would be able to do just that!

You can use this skill to write shorthand for doctors, solicitors, seminar speakers, and many more professionals. You can make great money with this skill, as there are not that many people out there who have this skill and can offer it as a service or business. As a professional offering your shorthand or speedwriting skills you can charge up to $25 an hour. Make profits part time for extra cash or start your own business with this newfound skill.

If you don’t know how to do shorthand then how about typing up dictated tapes from doctors, solicitors etc? This is known as a transcription service.

Transcribing documents for clients is rather easy, and even easier if you can type quickly. You take the tapes home and listen to them, typing up what you hear into a document. You should have some equipment for transcribing services, such as a headset to listen to the tape while you are typing, transcription software, and a foot pedal that will allow you to control the software without having to stop typing or even take your hands away from the keyboard.

The best part about transcription services is that you do not really need to learn a new skill or get a certificate to show what you can do. However, since you will be charging by the minute or hour you should learn how to type more quickly so you can earn more profits from your transcription services.

There are free tutorials online that can calculate how fast you can type per minute, and what your percentage of accuracy is. I recommend that you use one of these programs to help you determine how fast you can type so you can tell your potential clients. You should also use this software to teach yourself how to type even faster!

If you wanted to go into a specified field such as medical transcription then you would need to take some classes and get certified to do this work since you will have to know specific medical terms in order to work efficiently.

Start off by offering your services for free, this will get definitely get you work and you will be learning what to expect, the phrases, the people, the deadlines etc. Once you have some experience then as a transcription professional you can charge $20 an hour and you get to work from home!

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Speedwriting Shorthand Dictation and Transcription, Regency Professio 002685130X


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Speedwriting Shorthand Century Ed. Study Guide 1951 HB


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Speedwriting: Shorthand  Book Two - by Agnes De Vito (Hardcover, 1951)


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Dearborn, Emma B. Speedwriting The Natural Shorthand. hardback 1925


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Speedwriting Shorthand Dictionary


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Principles of Speedwriting Shorthand, Regency Professional Edition (Student Text


Principles of Speedwriting Shorthand, Regency Professional Edition (Student Text


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Speedwriting Shorthand Dictionary


Speedwriting Shorthand Dictionary


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This Speedwriting Shorthand Abridged Dictionary contains Index of Phrases; Identification Initials for United State and Territories; Identification Initials for Canadian Provinces and Territories; Metric Terms and more….

Speed Writing, the 21st Century Alternative to Shorthand, A Training Course with Easy Exercises to Learn Faster Writing in Just 6 Hours with the Innovative Bakerwrite System and Internet Links


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Speed Writing – the 21st century alternative to shorthand Most people need a note taking system for work or study but few people have the time or inclination to spend a year or two learning shorthand. BakerWrite Speed Writing enables you to learn a new system in a matter of hours and become proficient within weeks. This book is laid out in 6 easy to follow lessons, that take about an hour each. …

Principles of Speedwriting Shorthand, Regency Professional Edition (Student Text)


Principles of Speedwriting Shorthand, Regency Professional Edition (Student Text)


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Speedwriting Shorthand is an easy-to-teach, easy-to-learn, easy-to-read, and easy-to-transcribe system of alphabetic short-hand. The Student Transcript contains all the printed keys for the reading and writing exercises of each lesson. The Instructor’s Guide provides complete lesson plans and outlines for each lesson. The Workbook has a drill structure format, while the Vocabulary Builder provid…

Speedwriting Shorthand: Business Letters Set 2


Speedwriting Shorthand: Business Letters Set 2




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Selling itself as a handbook for readers who consume books “for pleasure,” The Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors hopes to fill a perceived gap on the reference shelf. Its editor, Laura Miller, declares in the preface: “We didn’t imagine an audience of researchers or scholars or critics or prize committees or members of the publishing industry, even if some of those people still…

Gregg Shorthand

gregg shorthand
Gregg shorthand, system of rapid writing based on the sounds of words that uses the curvilinear motion of ordinary longhand. Devised by the Irishman John Robert Gregg, who originally called it light-line phonography and published under that name in pamphlet form in 1888 in England, the system was taken in 1893 to the United States, where it is now taught and used more than any other system. It has also been adapted to numerous languages, among them French, Spanish, Hebrew, Russian, Italian, Tagalog, Chinese, and Polish.

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Notes on Lessons in Gregg Shorthand (1922)


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Vintage 1930 Gregg Shorthand Dictionary John Robert Gregg Anniversary Edition


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GREGG SHORTHAND ANNIVERSARY EDITION JOHN ROBERT GREGG 1901 (HC)


GREGG SHORTHAND ANNIVERSARY EDITION JOHN ROBERT GREGG 1901 (HC)


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VINTAGE GREGG SHORTHAND DICTIONARY BY: JOHN ROBERT GREGG LEATHER COVER C 1916


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The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


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A shortand outline for almost every word in the English language. The GREGG Shorthand Dictionary Simplified is divided into two parts: Part I contains 26,098 words most commonly used in notation with their official shorthand outlines. Also included are words that are frequently used in such fields as medicine, law, engineering, chemistry, and many others. These words represent a large range…

Gregg Shorthand New & Revised 1916 Edition: A Light-Line Phonography for the Million


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A reproduction of the original book published in 1916. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continui…

Gregg Shorthand, 1916 (illustrated)


Gregg Shorthand, 1916 (illustrated)



A reproduction of the original book GREGG SHORTHAND published in 1916. Included in this edition is a schematic of the Gregg Shorthand Alphabet in addition to a study guide with the most used phrases in Gregg Shorthand. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by…


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Since 1952, TOPS has provided quality products and services to businesses throughout the world. TOPS continues that commitment providing innovative, high quality value-added paper products for the office, school and home. TOPS Steno Books feature precisely printed Gregg rulings for guidance and shorthand style preference. The margin line creates two columns for notes, while a snag-proof coil lock…







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TOPS – Gregg Steno Books, 6 x 9, Green Tint, 80-Sheet Pad – Sold As 1 EachGregg ruling is precisely printed for shorthand style preference. Margin line creates two columns. Coil-lock wire binding. Pad Type: Notebook; Sheet Size: 6″ x 9″; Ruling: Gregg; Number of Sheets per Pad: 80.Gregg ruling is precisely printed for shorthand style preference.Margin line creates two columns for notes.Coil-lock w…

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Gregg ruling is precisely printed for shorthand style preference. Margin line creates two columns. Coil-lock wire binding. Pad Type: Notebook; Sheet Size: 6″ x 9″; Ruling: Gregg; Number of Sheets per Pad: 80….

Gregg Shorthand Manual

gregg shorthand manual
Shorthand is a tough but sometimes worthwhile skill. It is complex because it pushes the boundaries of peoples’ writing speed. Any shorthand system requires practice if you are to become fluent.

Gregg Shorthand is one of many systems you can choose from. They differ greatly, and the choice you make should depend on your preferences and needs. It is wrong to say that one is better than another in any absolute sense.

To learn Gregg Shorthand you must learn a new alphabet and spelling system. This takes lots of practice. At first the words may look like “meaningless squiggles,” but with practice you can come to read them as easily as longhand.

Some shorthand systems are based on the ordinary longhand alphabet. They can be easier for a beginner to learn than Gregg, but once fluency is attained that difference vanishes. Also Gregg is potentially faster to write. Some experts can write Gregg at over 200 words per minute. If you use shorthand to jot down odd notes, speed doesn’t much matter. But for dictation, it does, big time.

Gregg Shorthand Simplified, despite its name, is neither a dumbed-down shorthand nor a dumbed-down textbook. It is just the 1949 edition of Gregg Shorthand, and is so named because it is simpler than the earlier editions. Several further simplifications have been made since 1949. The current version is called Gregg Shorthand Centennial Edition.

Follow-up textbooks, shorthand dictionary, and other materials in Gregg Shorthand Simplified can be purchased only on the used book market, but they are plentiful and cheap. (Ditto for other out-of-date editions.) The Gregg Shorthand Centennial Edition books are still in print and costly.

…In Gregg, words are not written like Chinese, but are spelled alphabetically. It is true that abbreviations are only given for some words, but the writer is not expected to make up abbreviations for all the others. Instead he or she is supposed to spell them out in full, using the alphabet and spelling system furnished by Gregg. The textbook is designed to teach the user to do that. Gregg Shorthand can be used to write about any subject matter whatever, without made-up abbreviations or arbitrary symbols.

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Spelling Manual - Gregg Shorthand School -(c) 1934 - Business Speller 4th Ed


Spelling Manual – Gregg Shorthand School -(c) 1934 – Business Speller 4th Ed


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The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


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A shortand outline for almost every word in the English language. The GREGG Shorthand Dictionary Simplified is divided into two parts: Part I contains 26,098 words most commonly used in notation with their official shorthand outlines. Also included are words that are frequently used in such fields as medicine, law, engineering, chemistry, and many others. These words represent a large range…

Gregg Shorthand, 1916 (illustrated)


Gregg Shorthand, 1916 (illustrated)



A reproduction of the original book GREGG SHORTHAND published in 1916. Included in this edition is a schematic of the Gregg Shorthand Alphabet in addition to a study guide with the most used phrases in Gregg Shorthand. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by…


Gregg Shorthand: Originally Published in 1916


Gregg Shorthand: Originally Published in 1916


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A reproduction of the original book GREGG SHORTHAND published in 1916. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as par…

Shorthand Symbols

shorthand symbols
Alphabetic shorthand systems use characters from the Roman alphabet. They drop most vowels, use semi-phonetic spelling and are twice as fast as writing longhand. There are several alphabetic shorthand systems, including EasyScript, Forkner and Speedwriting.

Here are a few instructions used to develop a shorthand system:

Speedwriting

  1. Leave short vowels out and write long vowels only. So “you” becomes “u” and “are” becomes “r.” (This is a lot like text messaging abbreviations.)
  2. Use the letter “k” for the k or hard-c sounds, as in “kd” for “could.” Use the letter “j” for the sound j or soft g as in “aj” for “age.” Write the letter “c” for the sound ch as in “ec” for “each.”
  3. Become familiar with symbols. The word “the” is represented with a period and the end of the sentence is marked with a slash. For example, the sentence “The new book is big” is written as “. Nu bk s bg\”.

Forkner Shorthand

  1. Reduce the alphabet to 19 letters such as “V” for every and ever.
  2. Use symbols for vowels. For example, easy becomes “e-z”.
  3. Use brief forms of words such as “Db” for distribute. Use abbreviations and phrasing.
  4. Draw a line through the letters “C,” “S” or “T” to represent the sounds ch, sh or th.

EasyScript

  1. Divide words into five categories: simple, prefix, suffix, prefix/suffix and compound. A simple word is a word that doesn’t have a prefix or suffix such as “have,” which would be written “hv.” Another example of a simple word combination is “thank you,” which would be written as “ty”.
  2. Use a one-letter code for prefixes and suffixes. An example is “u” for under and the word “understand” would then be written, “usta.”
  3. Use more than one letter for compound words and separate with a slash, as in “co/ri” for “copyright.”

Use Alphabetic Shorthand

  1. Take notes in meetings or in class. Keep up with an interesting professor, lecturer or tour guide. Alphabetic shorthand allows you to catch most of the information conveyed.
  2. Jot down people’s orders at a restaurant if you’re the waitperson. Since shorthand uses the alphabet, the cooks should be able to decipher it. If in doubt, you can always put some words in longhand.
  3. Enter medical information with alphabetic shorthand if a medical employee. Doctors often use shorthand on medical records and in their notes.
  4. Use shorthand in your journal or diary. If you can’t write fast enough for your thoughts, alphabetic shorthand is a convenient way to keep up. In addition, snoopy people may have a more difficult time deciphering what you write.
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The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


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A shortand outline for almost every word in the English language. The GREGG Shorthand Dictionary Simplified is divided into two parts: Part I contains 26,098 words most commonly used in notation with their official shorthand outlines. Also included are words that are frequently used in such fields as medicine, law, engineering, chemistry, and many others. These words represent a large range…

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IFR En Route Flight Logs record pilot’s name and aircraft identification, organize flight courses and position reports. Also shown are required radio frequencies, alternate airport information, clearance grid with shorthand symbols, section to write weather reports, winds aloft, FAA flight plan, checklist for required charts, manuals, navigation tools, and flight hardware. Designed to fit APR’s Pr…

Shorthand Writing

shorthand writing
If you are planning to become a journalist in print, TV, radio or magazine then you’ll definitely need to be able to write in shorthand. Even if you’re a freelance writer or author trying to have your work published then you will need to interview people for quotes and research. Shorthand will prove very useful for note-taking.

Working as a journalist or writer will involve interviewing people. You will need to write down snippets of what they say. They will be talking far too quickly – 180 words a minute is the average speed of normal speech – to write in longhand. This is where shorthand comes in. You can make accurate copies of what is being said. Recording equipment is legally not allowed in courts, inquests, tribunals, disciplinary hearings. This is why you will have to accurately report what has been said. And believe me, it’s almost impossible to remember long sentences and jot them down accurately in longhand.

Anybody who is enrolled on a journalism course at a college or university should have shorthand lessons included in the package. But perhaps you want to learn shorthand to boost your CV, for work as a secretary, or maybe in the past you could write in shorthand and want to improve the skills you once had. Whatever the case, having face-to-face lessons with a tutor is always the best method. This allows the teacher to give feedback on your own work and help you out quickly with problems you may have had. Tutors will also include with their lessons all the necessary equipment such as work books and recordings.

It’s essential that shorthand students listen to recordings of speech to practice. One fun way to practice is to write in shorthand what is being said on the news, in a TV program or in a song on the radio. The more varied and fun you make it the easier it will become.

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Syllabic Writing: Or Shorthand Made Easy (1884) by Armitage, Miles [Hardcover]


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A Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Short-Hand; Being an Entirely New and ...


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Speed Writing, the 21st Century Alternative to Shorthand, A Training Course with Easy Exercises to Learn Faster Writing in Just 6 Hours with the Innovative Bakerwrite System and Internet Links


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Speed Writing – the 21st century alternative to shorthand Most people need a note taking system for work or study but few people have the time or inclination to spend a year or two learning shorthand. BakerWrite Speed Writing enables you to learn a new system in a matter of hours and become proficient within weeks. This book is laid out in 6 easy to follow lessons, that take about an hour each. …

Principles of Speedwriting Shorthand, Regency Professional Edition (Student Text)


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Speedwriting Shorthand is an easy-to-teach, easy-to-learn, easy-to-read, and easy-to-transcribe system of alphabetic short-hand. The Student Transcript contains all the printed keys for the reading and writing exercises of each lesson. The Instructor’s Guide provides complete lesson plans and outlines for each lesson. The Workbook has a drill structure format, while the Vocabulary Builder provid…

The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


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A shortand outline for almost every word in the English language. The GREGG Shorthand Dictionary Simplified is divided into two parts: Part I contains 26,098 words most commonly used in notation with their official shorthand outlines. Also included are words that are frequently used in such fields as medicine, law, engineering, chemistry, and many others. These words represent a large range…

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If you are a student, administrative assistant or even a corporate bigwig, the iNote is a must have item for your office supply arsenal.      Easily take notes and transfer them to your computer in the original short-hand or convert them to text for a more professional approach.   Everything you write, draw or doodle will be captured for later use on your computer. Ideal for taking le…

TOPS Spiral Steno Books, 6 x 9 Inches, Gregg Rule, Greentint Paper, 60 Sheets per Book, 12 Books Per Pack (8001)


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Since 1952, TOPS has provided quality products and services to businesses throughout the world. TOPS continues that commitment providing innovative, high quality value-added paper products for the office, school and home. TOPS Steno Books feature precisely printed Gregg rulings for guidance and shorthand style preference. The margin line creates two columns for notes, while a snag-proof coil lock…







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If you are a student, administrative assistant or even a corporate bigwig, the iNote is a must have item for your office supply arsenal.      Easily take notes and transfer them to your computer in the original short-hand or convert them to text for a more professional approach.   Everything you write, draw or doodle will be captured for later use on your computer. Ideal for taking le…

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Shorthand Book

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Does anyone know nUsing shorthand?

I have to write in a small log book (for diabetes testing) I found these shortcits years ago and have forggotten (formerly Bkfst then BEF drugs, etc)

AC = before meals pc = after meals Fasting = no food or drink for 12 hours

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Principles of Shorthand Arranged for Convenient Study and Review and for Read...


Principles of Shorthand Arranged for Convenient Study and Review and for Read…


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Syllabic Writing: Or Shorthand Made Easy (1884) by Armitage, Miles [Hardcover]


Syllabic Writing: Or Shorthand Made Easy (1884) by Armitage, Miles [Hardcover]


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Stenotypy: The Machine Way in Shorthand (1915) by Bryan, Bailey Tyler [Hardco...


Stenotypy: The Machine Way in Shorthand (1915) by Bryan, Bailey Tyler [Hardco…


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A Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Short-Hand; Being an Entirely New and ...


A Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Short-Hand; Being an Entirely New and …


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The Rapid Shorthand Writer


The Rapid Shorthand Writer


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The Instruction Book Pocknells Legible Shorthand


The Instruction Book Pocknells Legible Shorthand


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The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


$9.48


A shortand outline for almost every word in the English language. The GREGG Shorthand Dictionary Simplified is divided into two parts: Part I contains 26,098 words most commonly used in notation with their official shorthand outlines. Also included are words that are frequently used in such fields as medicine, law, engineering, chemistry, and many others. These words represent a large range…

Gregg Shorthand New & Revised 1916 Edition: A Light-Line Phonography for the Million


Gregg Shorthand New & Revised 1916 Edition: A Light-Line Phonography for the Million


$6.62


A reproduction of the original book published in 1916. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continui…

Get Started in Shorthand: Pitman 2000 (Teach Yourself)


Get Started in Shorthand: Pitman 2000 (Teach Yourself)


$14.74


Indispensable to anyone seeking a first or refresher course, this guide based on original Pitman Publishing material is designed to provide a working vocabulary in easy stages and includes 2 audio practice CDs Shorthand is a valuable asset to everyone in private or business life and Pitman 2000 is a system designed for easy learning, with a speed potential to meet the demands of a modern fast-mov…

TOPS Spiral Steno Books, 6 x 9 Inches, Gregg Rule, Greentint Paper, 60 Sheets per Book, 12 Books Per Pack (8001)


TOPS Spiral Steno Books, 6 x 9 Inches, Gregg Rule, Greentint Paper, 60 Sheets per Book, 12 Books Per Pack (8001)


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Since 1952, TOPS has provided quality products and services to businesses throughout the world. TOPS continues that commitment providing innovative, high quality value-added paper products for the office, school and home. TOPS Steno Books feature precisely printed Gregg rulings for guidance and shorthand style preference. The margin line creates two columns for notes, while a snag-proof coil lock…







Kim Tu Dien GD-7200M: Two Way English - Vietnamese, Vietnamese - English Talking Dictionary Translator with Organizer


Kim Tu Dien GD-7200M: Two Way English – Vietnamese, Vietnamese – English Talking Dictionary Translator with Organizer


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Gregg Steno Books, 6 x 9, Green Tint, 80-Sheet Pad


Gregg Steno Books, 6 x 9, Green Tint, 80-Sheet Pad


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Gregg ruling is precisely printed for shorthand style preference. Margin line creates two columns. Coil-lock wire binding. Pad Type: Notebook; Sheet Size: 6″ x 9″; Ruling: Gregg; Number of Sheets per Pad: 80….

PalmOne III Handheld


PalmOne III Handheld


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PalmOne IIIx Handheld


PalmOne IIIx Handheld


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Palmone Iiix HandheldThe Palm IIIx carries on the tradition of the attractive and popular Palm line of PDAs. With its 4MB memory, this connected organizer is rated to hold 12,000 addresses, 5 years of appointments, 3,000 to-do items, 3,000 memos, and 400 e-mail messages. The “x” in IIIx stands for expandable, and the Palm IIIx offers memory expansion with an internal slot for upgrade cards. Settin…

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TOPS Products – TOPS – Gregg Steno Books, 6 x 9, Green Tint, 80-Sheet Pad – Sold As 1 Each – Gregg ruling is precisely printed for shorthand style preference. – Margin line creates two columns for notes. – Coil-lock wire binding won’t snag clothing or scratch desktop.


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TOPS – Gregg Steno Books, 6 x 9, Green Tint, 80-Sheet Pad – Sold As 1 EachGregg ruling is precisely printed for shorthand style preference. Margin line creates two columns. Coil-lock wire binding. Pad Type: Notebook; Sheet Size: 6″ x 9″; Ruling: Gregg; Number of Sheets per Pad: 80.Gregg ruling is precisely printed for shorthand style preference.Margin line creates two columns for notes.Coil-lock w…

Shorthand Reporter

shorthand reporter
A court reporter, stenotype reporter, voice writer, or stenomask writer is a person whose occupation is to transcribe spoken or recorded speech into written form, typically using machine shorthand or a voice silencer and digital recorder to produce official transcripts of court hearings, depositions and other official proceedings. There are two major methods of live person court reporting, machine shorthand and voice writing. Machine shorthand allows the stenotype reporter to keep up with the flow of speech so that no words are missed. The voice writer, on the other hand, repeats verbatim what attorneys, witnesses, and others are saying in a proceeding. In the United States, the court reporter is often also a notary public who is authorized to administer oaths to witnesses, and who certifies that his or her transcript of the proceedings is a verbatim account of what was said.

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Shorthand Tom, the Reporter; Or, the Exploits of a Brig


Shorthand Tom, the Reporter; Or, the Exploits of a Brig


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The Shorthand Reporter: An Exposition of the Art of Phonetic Shorthand Writin...


The Shorthand Reporter: An Exposition of the Art of Phonetic Shorthand Writin…


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The Shorthand Reporter. an Exposition of the Art of Phonetic Shorthand Writin...


The Shorthand Reporter. an Exposition of the Art of Phonetic Shorthand Writin…


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Trial of Aaron Burr for Treason: Printed from the Report Taken in Short Hand ...


Trial of Aaron Burr for Treason: Printed from the Report Taken in Short Hand …


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1947-1948 THE REPORTERS' MAGAZINE SHORTHAND HALLETT x3


1947-1948 THE REPORTERS’ MAGAZINE SHORTHAND HALLETT x3


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Matchbook Cover Garrett Cordy Shorthand Reporters Kansas City MO 40 Strike


Matchbook Cover Garrett Cordy Shorthand Reporters Kansas City MO 40 Strike


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Stenograph Reporter Shorthand Machine w Plastic Case Vintage Stenographic Skokie


Stenograph Reporter Shorthand Machine w Plastic Case Vintage Stenographic Skokie


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ANTIQUE STENOTYPE STENOGRAPH COURT REPORT MODEL 4 SHORTHAND OLD VINTAGE


ANTIQUE STENOTYPE STENOGRAPH COURT REPORT MODEL 4 SHORTHAND OLD VINTAGE


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1917 BOOK STANDARD PITMAN MANUAL AMERICAN PHONOGRAPHY REPORTERS SHORTHAND


1917 BOOK STANDARD PITMAN MANUAL AMERICAN PHONOGRAPHY REPORTERS SHORTHAND


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Trial of Aaron Burr for Treason; Printed from the Report Taken in Short Hand ...


Trial of Aaron Burr for Treason; Printed from the Report Taken in Short Hand …


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Standardized reporting shorthand (Pitmanic) principles, commonest English words, word signs and contractions


Standardized reporting shorthand (Pitmanic) principles, commonest English words, word signs and contractions



Standardized reporting shorthand (Pitmanic) principles, commonest English words, word signs and contractions. 108 Pages….


Gregg Shorthand New & Revised 1916 Edition: A Light-Line Phonography for the Million


Gregg Shorthand New & Revised 1916 Edition: A Light-Line Phonography for the Million


$6.62


A reproduction of the original book published in 1916. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continui…

Punctuation for Shorthand Reporters


Punctuation for Shorthand Reporters
















Professional Education Series: English


Professional Education Series: English




A Reporter Takes Shorthand Notes While Canvas Print / Canvas Art - Artist Everett


A Reporter Takes Shorthand Notes While Canvas Print / Canvas Art – Artist Everett


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This is a beautiful stretched-canvas print wrapped on 1.5″ thick stretcher bars. The print is professionally printed, assembled, and shipped within 2 – 3 business days from our production facility in North Carolina and arrives ready-to-hang on your wall. Fine Art America is home to more than 75,000 artists from all over the world who entrust us to fulfill their print orders online. We offer a 30-d…

1936 photo 40 Years as U.S. Senate reporter. Washington, D.C., Dec. 11. James W. Murphy has just completed 40 years as an official reporter of the United States Senate. He has wielded his shorthand pen since the session in December 1896, and has seen many


1936 photo 40 Years as U.S. Senate reporter. Washington, D.C., Dec. 11. James W. Murphy has just completed 40 years as an official reporter of the United States Senate. He has wielded his shorthand pen since the session in December 1896, and has seen many


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1936 photo 40 Years as U.S. Senate reporter. Washington, D.C., Dec. 11. James W. Murphy has just completed 40 years as an official reporter of the United States Senate. He has wielded his shorthand pen since the session in December 1896, and has seen many…

News Reporter Portable Wireless Digital Note Taking Pen


News Reporter Portable Wireless Digital Note Taking Pen


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If you are a student, administrative assistant or even a corporate bigwig, the iNote is a must have item for your office supply arsenal.      Easily take notes and transfer them to your computer in the original short-hand or convert them to text for a more professional approach.   Everything you write, draw or doodle will be captured for later use on your computer. Ideal for taking le…

NEW Mobile Digital Scribe Note Capture PEN for Reporter


NEW Mobile Digital Scribe Note Capture PEN for Reporter


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If you are a student, administrative assistant or even a corporate bigwig, the iNote is a must have item for your office supply arsenal.      Easily take notes and transfer them to your computer in the original short-hand or convert them to text for a more professional approach.   Everything you write, draw or doodle will be captured for later use on your computer. Ideal for taking le…

Write Shorthand

write shorthand
Shorthand is any system of rapid handwriting which can be used to transcribe the spoken word. Shorthand systems use a variety of techniques including simplifying existing letters or characters and using special symbols to represent phonemes, words and phrases.

Pitmans Shorthand was devised by Sir Isaac Pitman (1813-1897) and was first published in 1837. Over the years is has been gradually improved and has been also adapted for 15 different languages. The system was widely used in the UK and USA by secretaries, reporters and writers, but lost popularity with the invention of pocket tape recorders.

Gregg Shorthand was invented by John Robert Gregg (1867-1948) and was first published in 1888. Since then many different versions have appeared, including some for languages other than English. Gregg is still used, particularly in the USA.

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Syllabic Writing: Or Shorthand Made Easy (1884) by Armitage, Miles [Hardcover]


Syllabic Writing: Or Shorthand Made Easy (1884) by Armitage, Miles [Hardcover]


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A Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Short-Hand; Being an Entirely New and ...


A Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Short-Hand; Being an Entirely New and …


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A Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Shorthand: Being an Entirely New and C...


A Complete Guide to the Art of Writing Shorthand: Being an Entirely New and C…


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Eclectic Shorthand: Writing by Principles Instead of Arbitrary Signs (1891)


Eclectic Shorthand: Writing by Principles Instead of Arbitrary Signs (1891)


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The Universal English Shorthand: Or the Way of Writing English (1767)


The Universal English Shorthand: Or the Way of Writing English (1767)


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Idiography: The New Double System of Shorthand Writing Based on the First Pri...


Idiography: The New Double System of Shorthand Writing Based on the First Pri…


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An Universal System of Stenography or Shorthand Writing: Intended to Establis...


An Universal System of Stenography or Shorthand Writing: Intended to Establis…


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Stenography or Shorthand Writing: Without a Master (1883)


Stenography or Shorthand Writing: Without a Master (1883)


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A New Scheme of Short-Hand Writing. Being an Improvement Upon Mr. Palmers.


A New Scheme of Short-Hand Writing. Being an Improvement Upon Mr. Palmers.


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Stenography: Or, a Concise and Practical System of Short-Hand Writing. by W. ...


Stenography: Or, a Concise and Practical System of Short-Hand Writing. by W. …


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Practical Pointers for Gregg Shorthand Students  (annotated with study guide)


Practical Pointers for Gregg Shorthand Students (annotated with study guide)



A reproduction of the original book Practical Pointers for Shorthand Students first published in 1904 written by Frank Rutherford and published by John Gregg. Included in this edition is a study guide at the back of the book. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introd…


The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


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A shortand outline for almost every word in the English language. The GREGG Shorthand Dictionary Simplified is divided into two parts: Part I contains 26,098 words most commonly used in notation with their official shorthand outlines. Also included are words that are frequently used in such fields as medicine, law, engineering, chemistry, and many others. These words represent a large range…

Shorthand, Pitman's: New Era (Teach Yourself)


Shorthand, Pitman’s: New Era (Teach Yourself)


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This easy-to-follow shorthand course has been specifically compiled at Pitmans College to make self-tuition both simple and stimulating. The rules of shorthand, along with exercises, facility drills and diction tests, are comprehensively covered over the 25 lessons….

Pencopy Smart Pen Digital Writing Pen NEW


Pencopy Smart Pen Digital Writing Pen NEW


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If you are a student, administrative assistant or even a corporate bigwig, the iNote is a must have item for your office supply arsenal.      Easily take notes and transfer them to your computer in the original short-hand or convert them to text for a more professional approach.   Everything you write, draw or doodle will be captured for later use on your computer. Ideal for taking le…













PalmOne III Handheld


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PalmOne IIIx Handheld


PalmOne IIIx Handheld


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Palmone Iiix HandheldThe Palm IIIx carries on the tradition of the attractive and popular Palm line of PDAs. With its 4MB memory, this connected organizer is rated to hold 12,000 addresses, 5 years of appointments, 3,000 to-do items, 3,000 memos, and 400 e-mail messages. The “x” in IIIx stands for expandable, and the Palm IIIx offers memory expansion with an internal slot for upgrade cards. Settin…

Handspring Treo, Handspring 1025na


Handspring Treo, Handspring 1025na



Handspring has always helped push the boundaries of PDAs that run the Palm operating system. They were the first to offer USB connectivity to the PC and created the Springboard expansion slot for adding modules such as a digital camera or a GPS receiver. With the Treo 180, Handspring has developed a communications device coupled with a powerful computing platform that just might be the perfect PD…

Shorthand Translation

shorthand translation
Translation jobs are challenging jobs that demand great degree of care, diligence and patience. This is one of the reasons why it is said that translation is not for the person who lacks certain degree of discipline.

Another thing about translation jobs why other people do not engage in this profession is the degree of technical skill and intellectual ability necessary to be able to produce a product of superb quality and one that meets client’s specific standard.

When engaging in translation jobs, aside from the behavioral and professional requirements, the person so engaging should find it necessary to update oneself to the new developments that happen in the languages he or she is specializing in.

This is one of the important things that must be placed in proper perspective to be able to survive in the profession.

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1957 Press Photo Don Burns Gives Shorthand Translation of Message


1957 Press Photo Don Burns Gives Shorthand Translation of Message


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Essays on the Law of Nature: The Latin Text with a Translation, Introduction and Notes, Together with Transcripts of Locke's Shorthand in his Journal for 1676


Essays on the Law of Nature: The Latin Text with a Translation, Introduction and Notes, Together with Transcripts of Locke’s Shorthand in his Journal for 1676


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Written before his better-known philosophical works, these essays fully explain how natural law is known and to what extent it is binding….

The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


The GREGG Shorthand Manual Simplified


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A shortand outline for almost every word in the English language. The GREGG Shorthand Dictionary Simplified is divided into two parts: Part I contains 26,098 words most commonly used in notation with their official shorthand outlines. Also included are words that are frequently used in such fields as medicine, law, engineering, chemistry, and many others. These words represent a large range…

Journey from Texts to Translations, The: The Origin and Development of the Bible


Journey from Texts to Translations, The: The Origin and Development of the Bible


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Though written thousands of years ago, the Bible continues to fascinate and guide readers today. This book explains how the Bible that we use came to be in its present form. Wegner introduces the Bible and its arrangement, describes how the various books were collected into a single canon, examines how the Bible was passed from one generation to the next, explores how and why early versions were p…

Kim Tu Dien GD-7200M: Two Way English - Vietnamese, Vietnamese - English Talking Dictionary Translator with Organizer


Kim Tu Dien GD-7200M: Two Way English – Vietnamese, Vietnamese – English Talking Dictionary Translator with Organizer


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Ectaco ER586HT English/Russian Talking Electronic Dictionary


Ectaco ER586HT English/Russian Talking Electronic Dictionary


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This English-Russian talking dictionary ER586HT contains 1,000,000 words, instant reverse translation. Advanced technologies of high-level English speech reproduction and automatic EnglishRussian sentence translation are possible with this model. The section of English language learning includes an electronic English grammar book, an interactive phonetic practice with accent correction, English ir…

Ectaco PARTNER V6 English - Russian Translator


Ectaco PARTNER V6 English – Russian Translator


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This unique model features the largest and most complete Russian-English dictionary (1,000,000 words), thesaurus and an expanded grammar reference section. Advanced English speech synthesis, accent correction function, and specialized terms database will help you communicate with utmost efficiency. Included, is a Full Text Translation system. Additional bidirectional Ukrainian-English dictionary i…

Shorthand Dictation

shorthand dictation
The letters you are now reading, while well adapted to the eye to be read, are so ill adapted to the hand to be written that schools teach longhand as an alternative to printing them. The more cursive longhand is easy to learn, but only about 10% faster than printing. Alternative handwriting systems offer 100% or better improvements in handwriting ease and speed. If you could spend the rest of your life taking notes or keeping a journal/diary while writing two or three times faster, then, gee, why not?

As a bonus for learning an alternative system, you can be almost certain that no one you know will be able to read anything you write, so you will have learned not only a fast but secret way to write. Learning an alternative to longhand can not only be fun and way cool, but practical as well.

Most alternative systems write words the way they sound, not the way they are spelled. English spelling is so quirky that winning a spelling bee is a major achievement, and even the champs falter at some point. While the Phoenicians may have needed only 26 symbols to represent their speech sounds, English has from 32 to 50 speech sounds depending on who’s doing the counting, and using only 26 letters to represent them just doesn’t cut it.

To make up for the missing symbols, several letters are often combined to represent a sound. This wouldn’t be so bad if there was any consistency involved, but as all children and ESL students know there isn’t, as English is only about 40% phonetic (which is to say 60% of common words have irregular spellings). For example the “sh” sound can be spelled 13 different ways: ocean, machine, special, pshaw, sure, schist, conscience, nauseous, she, tension, issue, mission, nation.

With vowels things are even worse (about 20 spellings per vowel sound!). The “oo” sound has 29 different spellings: rule, ruby, flue, troupe, fruit, through, maneuver, wooed, group, ooze, grew, rheumatism, move, bruise, canoe, two, moon, do, plus 11 other spellings found in less common words. On average, there are at least 13 different ways to spell each sound in frequently used Engish words. If all English words are counted, there are 28 different spellings for each sound, or over 1,100 ways to spell 40 sounds. No wonder even very good spellers have only about a 50/50 chance of correctly spelling a word that is new to them.

The way out of this madness is to write using a phonetic alphabet—one sound, one symbol. Because multiple letters are often used to indicate a single sound, the average English word has more letters than sounds. Writing phonetically requires learning more symbols initially, but requires fewer symbols per word, and so is faster. If each sound is represented by the simplest possible symbol (single stroke lines, loops and hooks), the number of strokes needed to write a word can be greatly reduced in comparison to longhand. This is how the alternative systems can be so much faster than looooooonghand, which uses several strokes per letter and often several letters per sound.

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The Miller Reading and Dictation Book: Written in Gregg Shorthand (1902)


The Miller Reading and Dictation Book: Written in Gregg Shorthand (1902)


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The Universal Dictation Course of Dements Pitmanic Shorthand (1897)


The Universal Dictation Course of Dements Pitmanic Shorthand (1897)


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Brief Reporting Notes in Shorthand; Or, Shorthand Dictation Exercises. with P...


Brief Reporting Notes in Shorthand; Or, Shorthand Dictation Exercises. with P…


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Shorthand and Type-Writer Dictation Exercises, Counted and Timed for 50, 75, ...


Shorthand and Type-Writer Dictation Exercises, Counted and Timed for 50, 75, …


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The Universal Dictation Course of New Standard Shorthand, Made Up of Business...


The Universal Dictation Course of New Standard Shorthand, Made Up of Business…


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The Universal Dictation Course of Dements Pitmanic Shorthand, Made Up of Busi...


The Universal Dictation Course of Dements Pitmanic Shorthand, Made Up of Busi…


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Speedwriting Shorthand Dictation and Transcription, Regency Professio 002685130X


Speedwriting Shorthand Dictation and Transcription, Regency Professio 002685130X


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Pitman Shorthand; The World Record System ... Punctuation, English, Dictation...


Pitman Shorthand; The World Record System … Punctuation, English, Dictation…


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SECRETARY OFFICE COFFEE MUG CUP VINTAGE JAPAN 1331 DICTATION SHORT HAND PENCIL


SECRETARY OFFICE COFFEE MUG CUP VINTAGE JAPAN 1331 DICTATION SHORT HAND PENCIL


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NEW Dictation and Reading Practice. Paragon Shorthand by Paperback Book (English


NEW Dictation and Reading Practice. Paragon Shorthand by Paperback Book (English


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Gregg Shorthand, 1916 (illustrated)


Gregg Shorthand, 1916 (illustrated)



A reproduction of the original book GREGG SHORTHAND published in 1916. Included in this edition is a schematic of the Gregg Shorthand Alphabet in addition to a study guide with the most used phrases in Gregg Shorthand. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by…


Speed Writing Skills Training Course: Speedwriting for Faster Note Taking and Dictation, an Alternative to Shorthand to Help You Take Notes


Speed Writing Skills Training Course: Speedwriting for Faster Note Taking and Dictation, an Alternative to Shorthand to Help You Take Notes



Speed Writing Skills Training Course: Speedwriting, a guide to faster note taking, an easy to learn alternative to shorthand Most people need a note taking system for work or study but few people have the time or inclination to spend a year or two learning shorthand. BakerWrite Speed Writing enables you to learn a new system in a matter of hours and become proficient within weeks. This book is lai…


Computer Shorthand: Medical Dictation and Transcription


Computer Shorthand: Medical Dictation and Transcription


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Shorthand Dictation for Speed Building, Set 38 [Brief Forms & Phrases in Business Letters]


Shorthand Dictation for Speed Building, Set 38 [Brief Forms & Phrases in Business Letters]



Boxed set contains four 45RPM vinyl records, approximately 31 different business letters, 48 minutes of dictation….


Dictation Disc-shorthand Dicatation for Speed Building Set # 420 (Business Letters 90wpm to 110 Wpm)


Dictation Disc-shorthand Dicatation for Speed Building Set # 420 (Business Letters 90wpm to 110 Wpm)



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Dictation Disc-shorthand Dicatation for Speed Buiding Boxed Set- Set # 41 Business Letters 60 Wpm to 80wpm- 45 Rpm Lrecords in Box


Dictation Disc-shorthand Dicatation for Speed Buiding Boxed Set- Set # 41 Business Letters 60 Wpm to 80wpm- 45 Rpm Lrecords in Box



4- 45 rpm records in box.. shorthand dictation for speed building…

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