Pitman Shorthand Course

Although not many people are aware of it, a shorthand course is interesting training, especially if you know where to use it. This is among the major skills practiced and applied in legal secretary training.

Shorthand is a form of writing. It uses symbols instead of alphabets or letters. Its process is called stenography. It has been used and applied as early as the time of the Ancient Greek.

Shorthand is use in different places and language of the world. Nowadays, there are different formats and styles use to practice it. Hence, it is normal for a secretarial school with shorthand writing courses to offer either Greg Shorthand course or Pitman shorthand course.

Gregg and Pitman are two distinct styles of writing in shorthand. The former uses ellipsis and lines to form words while the latter applies position and thickness. But these two will give you the ability to write down dictations faster than if you use longhand.

Because of its uses in different areas, anyone can benefit from obtaining this skill. The course in Issac Pitman Shorthand can help you realize this skill.

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This work presents the Universal System of shorthand. Each principle is simply stated and profusely illustrated. When such explanation is desirable, the cautions to be observed in the use of that principle are explained. Exercises are introduced in each lesson at every point that requires application drill. These exercises consist of word lists, gr[Read More]

Isaac Pitman

Sir Isaac Pitman (January 4, 1813 – January 12, 1897), knighted in 1894, developed the most widely used system of shorthand, known now as Pitman shorthand. He first proposed this in Stenographic Soundhand in 1837. Pitman was a qualified teacher and taught at a private school he founded in Wotton-under-Edge.

In 1837 Isaac Pitman first published his system of phonetic shorthand, in a pamphlet entitled Stenographic Sound-Hand. Among the examples in this pamphlet, were the Psalm 100, the Lord’s Prayer, and Swedenborg’s Rules of Life. In about 1837 Pitman discontinued the use of all alcoholic beverages, and in about 1838 he became a vegetarian – both lifelong practices to which, in a famous letter to The Times (London), he attributed he lifelong excellent health and his ability to work long hours. Pitman founded Pitman Training, a company which he established as colleges to provide training in office skills. The early courses were only for men. There are now 100 centres across the UK, Ireland and internationally offering 125 courses.

Pitman Shorthand
Pitman shorthand is a system of shorthand for the English language that uses a phonetic system; the symbols do not represent letters, but rather sounds, and words are, for the most part, written as they are spoken. As of 1996, Pitman shorthand was the most popular shorthand system used in the United Kingdom and the second most popular in the United States.

One characteristic feature of Pitman shorthand is that [voiced] sounds (such as /p/ and /b/ or /t/ and /d/) are represented by strokes that differ only in thickness (the thin stroke representing ‘light’ sounds such as p and t; the thick stroke representing ‘heavy’ sounds such as b and d).

Another distinguishing feature is that there is more than one way of indicating vowels. The main vowel of a word or phrase is indicated by the position of the stroke with respect to the ruled lines of the notebook. (For example, a small circle drawn above the ruled line translates to as/has; the same circle drawn on the line translates to is/his). But the marks for as/has and is/his are like irregular verbs: they are an exception to the rule. The predominant way of indicating vowels is to use dots or small dashes drawn close to the stroke of the preceding consonant. Each vowel, whether indicated by a dot for a short vowel, or by a dash or a longer, more drawn-out vowel, has its own position relative to its adjacent stroke (beginning, middle, or end).

There are at least three “dialects” of Pitman’s shorthand: the original Pitman’s, Pitman’s New Era, and Pitman’s 2000. The later versions dropped certain symbols and introduced other simplifications to earlier versions. For example, strokes “rer” (heavy curved downstroke) and “kway”, (hooked horizontal straight stroke) are present in Pitman’s New Era, but not in Pitman’s 2000.


Pitman's shorthand writing exercises and examination tests; a series of graduated exercises on every rule in the system and adapted for use by the private student or in public classes


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English and shorthand dictionary, based on the original work of Sir Isaac Pitman, with lists of proper names, grammalogues and contractions, and an analytical introduction on formation of shorthand


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