RESEARCH

Shorthand: My Flashcards

Introduction

Things are going OK in my learning of Gregg shorthand. One of the key learning techniques I use is to create flashcards. I review them on the subway or when I’m out watching Byron play.

I’ve created a couple decks now. I’ve built a table of the words below so that you can see how to progress.

Here’s a little about each deck:

  • Batch 1: Learning the forms and trying to memorize the letters. Very basic. Spent a good while here.
  • Batch 2: Didn’t spend very long here, fused these into Batch 1 as soon as I was able to master Batch 1

  • Batch 3: This was my jam for a long time. I eventually go tto the point of being able to know the form between local stops on the 1 line in Manhattan. That’s going through a deck pretty quickly. I built this list by taking the most common words in English and associating the form with it from the Gregg dictionary. After getting strong with these, I was really able to write complete day-to-day throughts…although not that fast.

  • Batch 4: Expanding out on Batch 3, it has many of the basics, but also many of the word drills included in the first 7 chapters of Gregg. Also at this time I’ve created Batch 5 which is words that come up when I’m taking notes. I predict a similar patter as 12 recurring here. As I lock 4 in 5 will meld into it. I’ve also split the sections into differently colored blocs for grouping between chapters. The number before the word is the chapter whence the word came.

The Table

Batch 1: The Basics, Alphabet Batch 2: Slow Thinking
of Words and Phrasing
Batch 3: The Grind Batch 4: Standard Vocabulary Batch 5: Lookup Words
I ache about and, end basic
Letter: 'a' acre after be, by, but errand
Letter: 'b' air and great fly
Letter: 'd' ear any is, his hardware
Letter: 'f' egg at of movies
Letter: 'g' eye be that poison
Letter: 'h' gay because them square
Letter: 'i' glee between then, than store
Letter: 'k' gray book they tape
Letter: 'l' hair but this union
Letter: 'm' he can by to white
Letter: 'n' hear can was we → u-hook i
Letter: 'p' hearing can with us → 's'
Letter: 'r' her care without
Letter: 's' here could you, your
Letter: 't' hill for all
Letter: 'th' hurry from any
Letter: 'v' ill good before
am in the have come
an it will his could
are key how country
at lay in did, date
can tree it into
can't like like
cannot not little
go of much
good our my
he out other
hour over those
in pick time
it question truth
more she were
not should what
our than when
the that where
their the about
there them after
well there been, bound
will(-ing) they ever
would this every
to from, forum
very most
want never
was over
well people
what should
when very
where won, one
which -thing
time again
who against
why always
with business
without cause, because
work far / favor
would first
you matter
your must
part
public / publish
some
such
system / says
thing
think
thoroughly, three
under
work
-tion
Letter: 'x'
[past-tense]
also
another
between
big, beg
gave
give, given
got
letter, let
morning
name
next
nothing
present, presence
soon
still
tell, till
until
woman
believe, belief
call
course
during / dr.
fold
general
glad, girl
order
possible
purpose
receive
several
situation
small
state
upon
want
went