Friday, 27 December 2013
Friday, 16 August 2013
First off, you don't miss out vowels half as much as 'all' implies, greatly increasing the readability of written Teeline. Vowels are always present at the beggining of words and at the end (so Andy is spelt andi and Emma is ema, equestrian eqstrn and so on), as well as being in the middle of words to make outlines more distinguishable and easier to write (for example, one always writes the short form of a vowel between an r and m). If a word has a similar outline to another, you can always write the intermediate vowel just beside it (e.g. shop and ship are far too easily confused without this)
Second, Teeline is current. There are resources and people actively learning Teeline out there. You can take exams in Teeline. Ironically, this is a fantastic resource for someone learning on their own, without a teacher, as resources are very available and encouragement it just a google search away.
Third, Teeline is forgiving. Unlike Gregg and Pitman, you can develop your own handwriting much more in Teeline. The symbols are designed to be distinctive, so that even if it's scruffily written, it should be fairly readable. You still have to be careful though, it says NCTJ textbook that just like handwriting, your Teeline will look different to other peoples and it should be read by other people
Fourth and lastly, the speed at which it is learned. I have been learning for about 14 days, and I'm on unit 10 of 20. By the end of unit 20, I will likely be able to write at about 50 wpm. Because of the way it is structured, I have been able to write Teeline from unit 1, (although many of the time saving tips were absent in my early writing). This has allowed me to truly embrace Teeline in a way that isn't possible with other systems I know; it has allowed me to stave off the temptation to procrastinate, because if I don't feel like doing a difficult dictation, why not just start writing phrases I've heard off the TV programme I'm watching? Or write notes on a youtube video I'm watching? It may not be a great way to learn, but it's a great way to beat a bout of the blues. Even drilling words can be a good starter! Teeline is definitely a shorthand that is designed to be learned, not admired.
In summary, Teeline fits with today's 'learn when I can' culture, using what one already knows (how to spell/write) to speed up the learning. I've really come to love Teeline for what it is.
Friday, 9 August 2013
|This weeks post in Teeline Shoorthand|
Thursday, 25 July 2013
|'A day here in the good air' written for at least the 10th time|
I am cursed with a good memory. While this is useful in physics (my degree) it's useless for trying to read passages in Gregg as I end up memorising the passages! (I have read the exercise starting 'A day here in the good air...' so many times now I think I can almost quote the whole exercise.) But how to solve this problem?
This is where Fundamental Drills in Gregg Shorthand has come in very useful: this book is filled with meaninglessly worded examples of Gregg which no-one would ever write in an ordinary everyday langauge, but is useful for learning it (think 'I can go. He can go. I can go there. He can go there' etc.). Each exercise is complete with a short annotation indicating which unit you need to read before hand. There are 6 rules at the start of the book which can be boiled down to these two.
- Read the examples. Read them again. Read them until you read them at the same speed you hear the spoken word
- Now you're ready to write. Write fast and write accurately.
I'll report back in a month with how the Fundamental Drills are going. Do you have any techniques you use to help you keep Gregg 'fresh' in your mind? Or have you found a hidden cache of Gregg resources for early on in the learning process? Let me know in the comments below.
These are a couple of pictures of my latest work.
|Unit 1 practice from Fundamental Drills|
|Personal drills, getting angles between lines and circles correct etc.|
Friday, 19 July 2013
Motivation is a fickle thing. I'm not short on reasons why everyone should learn shorthand as standard in school. Nor am I short on justifications of why I should spend my hard earned holiday learning this unique and 'out of date' skill. But when it comes to actually practising it ... this week has been pretty bad for it. Like every useful skill, it's much more fun to talk about it than it is to learn it. In fact, in total over the whole week, I think I've done 40 minutes of practice.
So what am I going to do about it? Well, first I'm going to change and do the practice! I have a cool new technique for learning Gregg I want to share with you, but I think it would be best to talk about it after I've used it properly for a week. Maybe I'll even reward myself with a new album from Bridgit Mendler if I practice for 30 minutes every day. Maybe I should watch this video every day, and take inspiration from Jose Luis.
What techniques do you use to motivate yourself?