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Welcome to the Pitman's New Era Shorthand Reading website. This site is the new home for the reading material that was previously on my other websites.

Blog articles

The blog articles are entirely up to date, from April 2012 to present, having all been moved here from the Blogger site. Only the most recent ones (current and previous month) will be repeated on the Blogger site http://long-live-pitmans-shorthand.blogspot.co.uk. New blogs will appear on both sites simultaneously. This will make organising, improving and correcting the shorthand very much easier and quicker.

The blogs are minimally vocalised, and contain slightly more vowel signs than a writer would insert. This is because you are reading shorthand that is unknown, unlike reading notes that you have written yourself. There is one web page per month, and an average of four blogs per month, with the most recent blog at the top.

General articles

These are the general reading articles that were on the theory site www.long-live-pitmans-shorthand.org.uk Most of them have been moved to here, apart from two that are being rewritten.

They are all fully vocalised so that you can consolidate knowledge of vowel signs and positions, but that is not how shorthand should be written in real life, as it would be far too slow and laborious. There are notes under each paragraph to indicate when a vowel is essential for distinguishing purposes.


These are short pieces of more scribbled shorthand, with no text key, in the manner of diary entries. They have been moved here from Blogger site http://pitmans-snippets.blogspot.co.uk with just the latest ones repeated on that site.


All the blog articles are available monthly as:

  • PDF of the shorthand and text (no photos).
  • PDF of one of the blogs laid out as a facility drill booklet.
  • Dictations of each blog in a ZIP file at approx 80-90 wpm, and the one used for the Facility Drill is repeated at 40 wpm

All the reading pages are available as:

  • PDF for each web page (no photos)


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Beryl Pratt



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