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Discussion in 'Writer's Lounge' started by jessica, August 6, 2018.

  1. jessica

    jessica Citizen of Logres

    My journalism course says I need to learn shorthand:confused:. I thought this was kind of dead:oops:. Are there apps or things that make it work with tablets, cos it looks like a totally new alphabeto_O? Does it help with writing?
  2. Gemini

    Gemini Member

    I don't have any personal experience with official shorthand systems but I don't think they're really made to be written in a digital format. There might be some kind of note-taking/drawing app you could use if you have a stylus pen, but I don't think there are any kinds of translation or keyboard apps out there...not that I know of anyway.

    Are you supposed to learn Teeline?
  3. jessica

    jessica Citizen of Logres

    My course notes say Teeline:up:. Are there otherso_O?
  4. Gemini

    Gemini Member

    There are quite a few different types out there but I think Teeline is the most popular. Pitman is the only other one I can think of off the top of my head. Hopefully it's a skill worth learning!
  5. Wow, this is interesting. My mother knew shorthand and was a legal secretary, but I didn't think anyone used or even knew about Pitman anymore. Good luck.
  6. Kindler

    Kindler Active Member

    Shorthand is mainly used to allow someone to write as fast as someone can speak so it can be transcribed later. Dictaphones and recorders have become a lot more prevalent so shorthand is less required, but still an invaluable skill.
  7. Gemini

    Gemini Member

    @C. Lee McKenzie, I don't think many people use Pitman anymore. Teeline seems to be the name of the game.

    I can see why it would be a good skill to have. I think writing something down is always more reliable than technology.
  8. luri

    luri Member Scribe

    I did not know you were still required to learn shorthand. My father knew shorthand, however, with the evolution of mobile phones with inbuilt voice recorder, I thought shorthand was already dead.
  9. Hova

    Hova Member

    I didn't even know people needed to learn shorthand. To be honest I just thought it comes naturally as you take notes more often.
  10. nangk08

    nangk08 New Member Scribe

    Shorthand used to be in demand several years ago, I didn't know people still asked for it! My sister learned it but I never did.
  11. Hova

    Hova Member

    I may need to check it out and see what the big deal is all about.
  12. jessica

    jessica Citizen of Logres

    Its been a couple of years, but I learned the basics:love::up:. It's actually pretty useful 'cos I can write it faster than I can type. Just need a shorthand keyboard for my phone::geek::
  13. Hova

    Hova Member

    Okay...I did not expect that. It is actually pretty cool.
  14. sliara

    sliara Active Member

    No, I think it just makes the letters arranged in a manner that makes it look like it's written in text language. I personally would not want to use the shorthand manner of writing.
  15. Reader

    Reader Vile Critic

    Actual Teeline Shorthand does not resemble text-speak at all, as it does not use letters and is indecypherable to those untrained in it. I found an example online.


    Writing at 150 words per minute is an exceptional skill, and one I have always wanted to learn. I simply never had time, although I should have made time when I was stuck indoors last year.
    Last edited by a moderator: July 3, 2021
  16. Mine all mine

    Mine all mine Active Member

    Crap, the fastest texter in the world hits under 100wpm! Its that f-ricking fast!?
  17. Hova

    Hova Member

    100wpm? Hard to believe.

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