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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (25 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 058229889X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582298897
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark L on 25 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
First a little background about me. I have decided to learn shorthand because I thought it would be a useful skill. I bought this book to learn shorthand by myself through self study. I haven't bought this book for a secretarial course, and I'm not a secretary/journalist, or seeking to become one. Accordingly while I want to be able to read and write shorthand quickly, my requirements may differ from yours.

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Great book, composed of twenty units and five appendices. Each unit deals with a topic; ie unit 1 is straight downstrokes, unit 2 is curved strokes etc. The book is well written, no fluff, just clear instructions. The author immediately begins to introduce the reader/learner to vowels (a and e) in the first unit and to some 'short forms' (frequently used words, such as 'to', 'but', 'it' and 'do' which can be expressed in shorthand by a single sign or abbreviated outline). The effect is that you feel like you're making immediate progress without becoming overwhelmed. New short form phrases are introduced in each unit. At the end of each unit is a 'theory check'. This consists of ten longhand words (covering the new material in the unit) for you to transcribe into shorthand. The correct answers are listed in the back of the book. The book also contains a simple, but I think effective, study plan and 'practice dictations' in each unit. More on these 'practice dictations' below.

A note on the 'Key' books. I didn't buy either of the key books. I don't think these are necessary. Let me explain my reasoning. Each unit contains a few lines of shorthand under the headings 'reading and writing practice', 'short form and phrasing practice' and 'practical dictation'.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bella Swan on 13 Mar. 2009
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I got this as part of a college course. The teacher recommended it. And some of the newspapers insist you have it.

If you buy this book you must get the key as well - Pitman New Era Shorthand Key: Key It's easier than the older version, but it is exactly like learning a new foreign language.

I think if you get this you will need some kind of extra guidance (web site or teacher), because you might not notice small things yourself, like the thickness or length of a line or whether the dot is in the middle or top.

I'm a bit wary of shorthand, because if you don't practice every day you forget it and I don't want to be stuck with something I can't read back. So I'm concentrating on using some of the short forms and I have got quicker taking notes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Squirrel on 31 Jan. 2015
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Great revision of Pitman shorthand. Wish this book had been round when I first learnt the system, would have got through it much quicker.
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There are cheaper and perhaps just as explicit tutorials in other books. Suggest investigation before purchasing this item although what it contains is, as one would expect, good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bluebird on 1 Feb. 2015
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Great for revising
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