Hey, have you had any time to work on this at all? I haven’t been working on it, but today was a big day for me with shorthand, so I thought I’d share how that happened and maybe it’ll help you or someone else out.
On this page:
There is a list of about 300 common words and how to write them, these words are so common that they are not written out in full. They are each abbreviated in one of two ways, with a couple of exceptions.
A) the first syllable is written, f.e., immediately = i m E
2) vowels are omitted, and sometimes the end of the word too, f.e., strong/strength = s t r
Knowing the alphabet and then going straight to a page like this has got to be the most efficient way to learn.
It took a few hours this morning, but I went through the whole list twice, writing out each word over and over until it was written perfectly and at a pace that wasn’t absurdly slow. The second time through the list was much faster (I took an hour break in between).
In the past few hours I went from not being able to write really anything at a faster than normal pace to being able to write all kinds of things at a faster pace. Half of the words or more in most of my sentences would have had abbreviations included in that list.
That last sentence above ^^ was 19 words. FOURTEEN of those words, all except for “half, sentences, abbreviations, included, & list,” have specific shorthand forms that are in the list of 300. If I stopped all of my shorthand learning here and just practiced that list, I could double my writing speed in a week just by writing in a hybrid longhand/shorthand.
But the other great thing is that learning that list has given me a tool to practice the strokes for connecting a huge amount of the consonant/consonant, consonant/vowel, and vowel/consonant combinations in the language, so by the time that these are all mastered, I will probably be good enough at those combinations to be able to string them together quickly enough to stop writing longhand altogether. With daily practice, I’d say it would take about 16 weeks before I would no longer derive any benefit from longhand.
So if you’re going to learn shorthand, make sure to find a table like this for whatever style you choose to learn!