Quick and Dirty Pitman

Sir Isaac Pitman (1813-1897)

The best way to learn Pitman is to get a book and work slowly through the lessons. But you don’t need me to tell you that.

If you’re reading this site, it’s probably because you get bored easily. You’re too impatient to order the book and wait for it in the mail. You want to jump right in and try this stuff, see if it’s right for you.

That’s why I’ve put together a series of lessons which will teach you some of the basics of Pitman. It starts with a quick and dirty version of Pitman which you can learn fast and play around with. It’s not real shorthand – because that takes a long time to learn – but IS a totally usable system. It will get you familiar with the characters, and it can be expanded and built on until you can write honest-to-goodness 200 words-a-minute shorthand.

Right now, it covers a set of basic characters. I’ll add more Pitman characters over time. That is, if I don’t get too bored.

1. Pitman Longhand

2. Consonants

3. More consonants

4. Some vowels for a change

5. Oh no, even more consonants

6. This better be the last of the consonants

7. More vowels

8. Writing words – and about time too.

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