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+Florian Jenn​, I don't know if this would be helpful to you, but this is how I would have written the same passage.

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I think two systems (for the two languages I use) are enough for me now. ;-)  Typed shorthand is not that useful for me, because I need shorthand mainly for taking notes when I have no computer, or when typing would be distracting (e.g. in a small meeting, or during conference presentations).

What did get me interested in shorthand? Mainly thoughts like “I should be able to write down a note of this quickly” in meetings or at conferences (see above). Also the possibility to write a journal with a speed that is at least a bit adequate for my train of thought.
My longhand is rather nice (esp. for a leftie), but deterioriates considerably when I try to write fast.
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I've just finished going through the NCTJ textbook. What a lot of fun! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, +Nathanael Farley!

Now, PRACTISE PRACTISE PRACTISE.

I started transcribing "The Selfish Giant" by Oscar Wilde last night. I had an LP (omg, yes I'm that old) when I was little with a number of children's stories on it. This was one of them. However, the ending was cut short and slightly edited. There was no mention of Christianity on the LP. Go figure.
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My postal carrier just brought me my Teeline Gold Standard for Journalists (NCTJ). Woohoo!! I didn't realise that it even comes with a cd! Woohoo again!!
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That's hard to say. I started with a different set of books (Teeline Gold). Most of it's the same as NCTJ, but NCTJ has more affixes and special outlines. I spent maybe as many as 6 months with Teeline Gold, but since I was studying it purely out of interest, I wasn't concerned about developing speed. Then I got NCTJ and spent another month or so going through every chapter and learning the new things.
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My Christmas wishes from 2013, in Teeline.
Reviewing it just now, I realise that I used a Gregg dash in the second line. Oops!
Please let me know if you're able to access the file or not.
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Sure! I know the feeling.
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+Florian Jenn, here are a few outlines that you shared with us on the left, and how I would write them on the right. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 show the TR blend. Number 3 also shows that S can be written in either direction. The one on the right is faster as it eliminates the hiccough in the middle of the outline which takes extra time and is likely more common for that reason. Number 3 also shows the TN/TRN blend, while Number 4 shows the RN blend, again good for eliminating the hiccough. Would you agree, +Nathanael Farley?
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There are other blends too. You'll get to them at some point. They all make life much easier :o)
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A couple of Robert Frost poems. I hope I got the access privileges right this time. If not, please let me know.
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I've ordered it. Very excited!
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Hi there, Teeliners :o) Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Grant Ito, in Vancouver Canada. I've had an interest in shorthand since I was young when I found an old book of my brother's called "Instant Shorthand" by John Farrow. A cursory Google search turned up nothing for me when last I tried (a few years back).

I had the opportunity to learn Pitman when I was in high school, and I've regretted not taking it at that time. Since then, I've tried to learn Gregg. I'm not a journalist or court reporter; I'm interested simply for interest's sake.

I love Gregg: I love its cursive look, I love that it includes vowels, I love that it doesn't rely on the thickness of the strokes, I love that it doesn't rely on position relative the line of writing (for the most part)... I don't love the textbook I've been learning it from ("Gregg Simplified") for the simple reason that it doesn't have the transcriptions of the exercises, so I get stuck from time to time.

Enter Teeline: the Teeline Gold textbook has all the transcriptions for the exercises, and it's relatively quick and easy to learn (I've been focussing on getting the written form right, I haven't been working on speed).

On the minus side, I have to confess that I don't like it for its angular look and its "versatility" (e.g., you can choose to write BC or BAC to mean "back") although that's often thought to be a bonus. I've found that the text book, the dictionary, and the phrasebook must have been published at different times because there are discrepancies between them. Still, it's a good system for simple note-taking for me.

There was quite an active Teeline group on Facebook, but I haven't been on Facebook for several months now, so I'm looking for other places where I can both share and can ask questions.
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There was a woman in the UK who used to teach Teeline. She said she'd happily look at my work, but to date she's never responded to the few things I've sent. I'm still trying to figure out how G+ works. If there's a way to post my files, I'll do so.
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  • Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary School
    1972 - 1980
  • Vancouver Technical Secondary School
    1980 - 1985
  • Langara College
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