Learn this mainly alphabetic shorthand for better grades and faster work!

Within a few days of practice, you can obtain speed fast enough for classroom, lecture or research notetaking, about 80-140 words per minute. For higher speed needed for journalist reporter or secretary dictation work, 150 to 225 wpm, complete the advanced lessons. Remember: practice, repetition, reinforcement! You can complete each lesson in about 10 minutes -- 17 lessons total.

You will need the key. If you don't have it, use the Online Key at end.

INSTRUCTIONS.

Do one lesson at a time, in the order given, in this recommended manner for fast learning:

Say the lesson word, then look at the shorthand for that word.

Write the shorthand as you say the word--do this four times.

Then do the exercises--say/write each exercise word or phrase four times.

LESSON 1

the

of

and

to, at a, an

in

that

this

they

them

than/then

there

these

though

those

thought

EXERCISE 1

of the

and the

to the

at the

of a

and a

to a

to an

and a

to the

and the

to a

of the

and an

and at

in the

in a

of a

and a

and in

to them

in this

and they

and that

at that

and there

of these

that to them

and in that

and though the

and to them

and the thought that

these and those

there and then

they

this and that

LESSON 2

it, is, if its

for

be, been, being; by, buy, bye

but

was, as, she, his

you, your, yours

my, mine, him, am

with

EXERCISE 2

it is

if it is

is it?

for it

is for

for them

for the

for a

this is for them

it was

there was a

but was it his?

was it by him?

as it was then

it was his book

she was there

this is for you

there is your book

is this book yours?

she is with him

within was a book

it was without that

my thought being this

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English grammar has laws --a word can be used only in certain ways. This fact permits us to use one shorthand form for 2 to 6 different words. If "m" stands for "him, am, my, mine", then read the following: "Give it to m lawyer." "That book is m." "I am an individual. "Does he know we like m?"

LESSON 3

have, has, had, having

all, will, well

on

only

no

not

are, her, hers, hour our, ours

we, were

he, me

EXERCISE 3

you have it

they have had it

without having them

she has them

all is well

that will be all

she will have it

the book fell [write fl] in the well

all of this is for you but that is for me

I know you

you have no book [bk

] it was not mine

it wasn't [w'n] your book

hasn't, haven't, hadn't

are not, aren't

will not, won't

were not, weren't

this is mine

that is yours

these are hers

at that hour of the

not only this but

those are ours, not hers

we were there

but she, you and he have it

those are not for them but for me

mine, yours, hers and his, that is: ours

he, she and you will not be in it

we have been there

that was our only thought

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What you learn, use. Use it every chance you get.

LESSON 4

can; came, come, coming

do, did, done, doing; due

go, going, gone

see, seeing, seen

up, put

why

who

what

when

where

whether

which

EXERCISE 4

can we, can't we?

you can all come to the

will you be coming with them?

she came to me for them

is this book due?

he only did it for her

these have not been done

we are not doing them

go on and do it

as we were going

will you be gone by then?

they are going to buy your book

she is gone to do it

do you see it?

are you seeing it with us?

I will not be seen without it

we were seeing it for that hour only

no, I have not seen them

he put it up there

put those with these

go see if they are up

this is why

who do we see there?

what is it?

when is it to be?

where did you buy that?

which is it?

whether or not to go there

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The sound of a word will often instantly give you the shorthand: are/her(s)/hour

we/were

or/owe

do/did/done/doing/due

can/come/came/coming

be/been/being/by/buy/bye

for

it(s)/is

you/your(s)

my/mine/him/am

why

LESSON 5

or, owe

so

I

one

out

made

would

more

from

how

now

time

shorthand by deleting unessential letters

abbreviating and contracting (as in company, attention, manufacturing)

EXERCISE 5

this or that, when or where

you owe it to them

she owes it to me

he was out there, or so I thought

we made those

where do we go from there?

there are no more

they would know where you were

I see more of it now

how are you to know that is so?

at what time would you go there?

I made up the time, but how I did it I do not know!

now is the time for all to come out and see it

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Start now using the above shorthand forms in your classroom notes and work situations. Concerning all the above words you have just covered (Lessons 1 through 5), a linguistic study has shown that 50 percent of everything we say-write-read consists of those words. You just learned to write them in shorthand. That means your writing speed for those words is now 90 to 120 words per minute.

Use the shorthand key for Lessons 1-5 - see at bottom for link to it.

CHAPTERS 6-17. You'll need the Alpha shorthand training booklet for the following lessons. Grab the ebook at end.

word parts

special forms

months, days of week

shortcuts for making past tense and plurals

abbreviations and compounds

Each chapter in your booklet has Exercises for practice.

LESSON 6 word parts

ch

des, dis

ng

LESSON 7 word parts and sounds

tion, sion - "chun, shun, zhun" sounds

con, com counter

mis, im

LESSON 8 word parts

nk, qu

sub

super

ive, tive

LESSON 9 word parts and sounds

ial, ious - "shul, shus, eeus" sounds

ry, rry; oi, oy

sh - "sh, zh" sounds

LESSON 10 word parts

nce

rd, rk, rt

nt, nt; mand, mend, ment

LESSON 11 word parts

ow, our, ower

ble

circ, circum

sp

LESSON 12 word parts

ful, fully; full

sk; ask

intr, inter, entr; enter

famous people use shorthand

LESSON 13 word parts

ought, out

st

LESSON 14 word parts

under

over

trans

LESSON 15 mark for past tense or plural

adding -ed (as in wished, loved, measured)

adding -s or -es (as in lives, fishes, orders)

LESSON 16 word parts

ly, ty, fy, y

ate

less

er

compounding (as in interestingly, fortunately, defenseless)

LESSON 17 word parts

rn, rm

en

al

APPENDIX

special Alpha forms for other frequent words

months of year

days of week

Use the scanned ONLINE KEY provided by a student: click key. Or download ebook AlphaScan1.pdf ... look on Youtube

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