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Personal Shorthand

Why Personal Shorthand?

PS is the only all-alphabetic shorthand system in America -- using only the 26 letters of the longhand alphabet. Unlike other so-called alphabetic systems, it is not a "hybrid" system that employs both letters of the alphabet and nonalphabetic symbols. PERSONAL SHORTHAND can be written with pen, pencil, typewriter, or computer. It is the essence of all abbreviated longhand systems, refined into one.

PERSONAL SHORTHAND is the product of many years of patient research and development by outstanding shorthand authorities like Dr. Yerian and Carl W. Salser (former member of the National Council on Educational Research and President of Educational Research Associates).

PERSONAL SHORTHAND can be learned in a fraction of the time it takes to learn other shorthand systems . . . and is extremely effective both as a vocational and a personal-use shorthand skill.

As you will note in the sample below, PS uses absolutely no symbols foreign to the 26 letters of the alphabet; no shorthand curves, angles or unnatural joinings; no plus signs, minus signs, hyphens, quotation marks, parentheses, etc. for the purpose of phonetic abbreviation. PS uses just the 26 letters of the longhand alphabet -- written in your natural longhand style. Punctuate just as you do in longhand.

    ds n rpli t y rqst o mr 5, svrl o r
    Dear Sir: In reply to your request of March 5, several of our

    sals ctlgs r bg spd t u, u sprt cvr.
    sales catalogues are being shipped to you, under separate cover.

    // t u f y ntrst n r org. w aprsat
    //Thank you for your interest in our organization. We appreciate

    y hlp. f w c b o frtr srvc, lt u n
    your help. If we can be of further service, let us know.//

    s
    Sincerely, (50)

  • Because it is the only completely alphabetic system (using absolutely nothing but the 26 letters with which all students are acquainted);
  • Because there is no cosily "unlearning" of habit patterns, each letter is written as it is commonly written by each student, not in some special or unnatural way;
  • Because it can be learned in a fraction of the time required by other systems;
  • Because PS and only PS can be written with pen, pencil, typewriter, or computer;
  • Because any competent teacher of any subject can teach it without special training.

PS is the only all-alphabetic shorthand system in America -- using only the 26 letters of the longhand alphabet. Unlike other so-called alphabetic systems, it is not a "hybrid" system that employs both letters of the alphabet and nonalphabetic symbols. PERSONAL SHORTHAND can be written with pen, pencil, typewriter, or computer. It is the essence of ail abbreviated longhand systems, refined into one.

PERSONAL SHORTHAND is the product of many years of patient research and development by outstanding shorthand authorities Dr. C Theo Yerian and Carl W. Salser, President, Educational Research Associates.

PERSONAL SHORTHAND can be learned in a fraction of the time it takes to learn other shorthand systems . . . and is extremely effective both as a vocational and a personal-use shorthand skill.

For students whose understanding of long and short vowel sounds and spelling might be inadequate to easily master shorthand, see Vowel Sounds & Silent Letters as a preparation for this course.

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