Writing[ edit ] Forkner is written with a handful of special symbols mixed with simplified versions of cursive longhand letters. A long horizontal stroke replaces m and a curved line stands for ing.
A long horizontal stroke replaces m and a curved line stands for ing. The letters used are almost exclusively lower-case, written from left to right and joined in a standard cursive hand. Capital letters are used for special purposes; a detached T stands for the prefix trans- and the upper-case S represents s followed by t.
These vowel marks can be omitted if the writer feels they are unnecessary since many words are legible without their vowels. Forkner's symbol for a might express any of the sounds represented by a in English words such as cat, father, ago, day.
The short e sound is simply omitted: Brief forms are essentially shortened versions of frequent words or words potentially encountered in business letters. They are not always immediately transparent to the untrained reader, such as Db for distribute.
The more commonly known abbreviations, like those for the days of the week, are also used in Forkner. The shorter brief forms one or two letters that follow each other in a sentence are joined together as though they were one word; this is known as phrasing.
Those familiar with Gregg or Pitman Shorthand will recognize this feature: Though it may sound confusing, it is always clear to the transcriber what is meant, both through context and the words most commonly found in phrases, such as "all" l"of" v"the" —"please" p"be" betc.
A period is a dot and a question mark is simply? Learning curve and writing speed Students can begin adding Forkner shortcuts to their longhand writing as soon as they begin studying the system.
One experienced shorthand instructor observed, "Students get instant satisfaction because they can apply it from the beginning. One teacher told a reporter, "The highest dropout rate in the Vancouver school system is in traditional shorthand courses, yet I have never had a dropout in Forkner.
Forkner was a professor of business education at Columbia University when he began designing and testing his shorthand system. In he established the Forkner Publishing Company and issued its first book, Forkner alphabet shorthand: A scientific high-speed system of writing: He promoted his system at teachers' conferences  and helped organize some adult education classes.
In an experimental class at a Vancouver high school was successful and the school district implemented the course in 10 additional schools in September of Larry Oszust, the instructor of the trial class, told a newspaper that his students had made as much progress in one year of Forkner classes as they would have made in two years of Gregg or Pitman training.
In the s public interest in handwritten shorthand evaporated. Fewer and fewer schools in North America offered shorthand classes. The publication of Forkner-related books concluded in when Nelson Canada printed the final run of the Forkner Shorthand Dictionary.
Manuals and dictionaries are still readily available on auction and second-hand book sites. Naples Daily News paywalled archive. Retrieved 16 November Delware County Daily Times paywalled archive. The Southern Illionoisan paywalled archive.
The Brandon Sun, Manitoba paywalled archive. Retrieved 15 November Gregg Shorthand. The Gregg Group was founded 22 May , prompted by the lack of online shorthand resources.
As the primary use for shorthand — business and legal recording — has waned in recent decades, we generally acclaim .
With Speedwriting you will be writing simple shorthand after only fifteen minutes of study. This booklet will get you to a really useful speed in just three to four weeks.
We will send you a complimentary copy when you enrol. It's So Easy. Alphabetic systems, which are based on the the Roman alphabet (a, b, c) and are represented in the last line of the table.
Alpha systems are faster to learn but have more-limited speed potential. They're probably best if you just want to take notes at meetings.
Forkner Shorthand is an alphabetic shorthand created by Hamden L. Forkner and first published in Its popularity grew through the s as those who needed shorthand every day (such as secretaries) began to favor the easier learning curve of alphabetic systems to the more difficult (but potentially faster) symbol-based ones.
Apr 25, · Other writing systems that incorporate the letters of the English alphabet have also been developed to aid in faster writing without sacrificing as much readability as shorthand systems. These writing systems often differ from shorthand by not requiring you to learn new symbols, and by using a system of abbreviating English words%().
Gregg Shorthand. The Gregg Group was founded 22 May , prompted by the lack of online shorthand resources. As the primary use for shorthand — business and legal recording — has waned in recent decades, we generally acclaim the skill as a hobby or personal tool.