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All the blog articles are given below as PDFs (shorthand and text) and ZIP files containing MP3s (dictation sound files). New files are given at the end of each month.

PDF

The PDFs give the shorthand and text, without photos, suitable for printing for A4 or A5 binder. The blog shorthand is minimally vocalised, unlike the fully vocalised General pages. The coloured inks used in the on-screen versions are all converted to blue for the PDFs.

MP3

Each ZIP file contains an MP3 for each article, plus a TXT file listing that month's articles with word count, seconds duration, and speed (words per minute). The speeds are on average in the 80's and 90's.

There is an additional slow dictation of one article per month at 40wpm. If this speed is easy for you, they can be used as stamina and/or neatness practice, as some of them are 20-30 minutes long.

Each dictation MP3 consists of the title, 3 blank seconds, the article, 3 blank seconds, plus final hand bell sound. The seconds and speed given in the TXT list are calculated only on the article part only. The speed of each MP3 is recorded in the metadata under "Genre" and the word count under "Year", so if you extract and store all the various months' MP3s in one folder, you can sort on speed or length, as well as on file name.

Slow dictations for 2012, 2013 and 2016 onwards are the same recording as the normal speed one, but with spaces inserted between short phrases, so that the overall speed is brought down to 40wpm. This is more lifelike, and gives additional practice in forming phrases, and holding several words in memory while the shorthand is being recalled and written.

Slow dictations for years 2014 and 2015 have been dictated at 40wpm, with roughly equal timing between each word, this gives a very stilted effect and so they will at some time be redone as for the other years above.

Facility Drill Book PDF

Each month's slow dictation is also available as a facility drill book. Each drill book has the full text at the end, but for notes on the outlines see the actual blog article. Providing these for Year 2012 is currently in progress.

These drills help you to write smoothly and accurately, and get the hand into the habit of writing without stopping and starting. First read the shorthand until you can read without hesitation, then write onto the blank lines as you read the shorthand above, preferably out loud to yourself. The drills are a preparation for taking dictation in the normal way onto empty paper.

The drill books should not be used for actual dictation practice, as it is essential to be able to recall outlines in response to the sounds, instantly and without any help, right from the beginning of your learning. Taking dictation with the outlines already in front of you does nothing to encourage quick recall and should be avoided. You will probably also find that, as your speed increases, you are writing in a more compact style and can get more words on each line than is given in the drill books, which is another important reason why they should not be used for dictation practice.

Drills are always a useful way of learning new or corrected outlines and phrases, writing the same item along a line or two, or repeating a single short sentence all down a page, speeding up as you go. You can make up your own drill books by filling a pad with the things you wish to practise, leaving blank lines as required.

See also the blog article:
http://www.long-live-pitmans-shorthand-reading.org.uk/blog-pages/blog-2015-03.htm#Facility_Drills

The pages can be printed and used as they are, or you can cut the A4 pages in half, punch a hole in the top left corner of each resulting A5 page, then tie them together quite loosely, so that the pages turn easily. It may be helpful to use a different colour ink, or pencil to write your shorthand, so you can see which lines are which.

IMPROVEMENTS TO YEAR 2012:
6 Jan 2017 =
Slow dictations added to all the Dictation Zip files for Year 2012
Improving the written shorthand and creating Facility Drills =
Apr, May, June completed

2017  -  2016  -  2015  -  2014  -  2013  -  2012

***Additional slow dictation

2017 PDF Facility Drill PDF ZIP of Dictation MP3s
Train Journey***
Doubled Or Not
First Snow
Looking For Trouble
2017 January
2.5 MB
Dated 27 Jan 2017
Train Journey
1.4 MB
Dated 27 Jan 2017

 
2017 Jan MP3/ZIP
93 MB
Dated 27 Jan 2017
Speed Up Pad
Short Letters 10
***
RAF Badges
Instructor Phrases Section 1
2017 February
2 MB
Dated 25 Feb 2017
Short Letters 10
0.8 MB
Dated 25 Feb 2017

Instructor Phrases Section 1
0.7 MB
Dated 25 Feb 2017

2017 Feb MP3/ZIP
60 MB
Dated 25 Feb 2017
Gemstones
Misspellings 4
 
2017 March
 
  2017 Mar MP3/ZIP
 
2016 PDF Facility Drill PDF ZIP of Dictation MP3s
Rooms***
Finally Winter
Had Do Did
Just Checking
2016 January
2 MB
Dated 3 May 2016
Rooms
0.3
MB
Dated 3 May 2016

Had Do Did
(Practice paras only) 1 MB
Dated 3 May 2016

2016 Jan MP3/ZIP
64.7 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Banking Vocabulary
Early Spring
Success Story
***
Language Quotes
2016 February
2.5 MB
Dated 20 Aug 2016
Success Story
0.6
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2016 Feb MP3/ZIP
64 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Blue Bell Hill***
Sales
Frogs
Boat Race
2016 March
1.4 MB
Dated 20 Aug 2016

 
Blue Bell Hill
0.8
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2016 MarMP3/ZIP
55 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016

 
Petts Wood
Markfield Beam Engine
Croydon Airport
Perivale Wood
***
2016 April
1.3 MB
Dated 20 Aug 2016

 
Perivale Wood
0.9
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2016 Apr MP3/ZIP
64
MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Dear Mr Pitman
Kites
***
Ted's Essay
Opportunists
2016 May
1.7 MB
Dated 20 Aug 2016
Kites
0.7
MB
Dated 1 Jun 2016
2016 May MP3/ZIP
57 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
We Like to Abbrev
Pitter Patter Raindrops
Caravan Holidays
Short Letters 7
***
2016 June
3 MB
Dated 2 Jul 2016

 
Short Letters 7
0.5
MB
Dated 30 Jul 2016
2016 Jun MP3/ZIP
65 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Exercise
Jupiter And Juno
RAF Museum
Short Letters 8
***
2016 July
2.8 MB
Dated 17 Mar 2017
Short Letters 8
0.
6 MB
Dated 30 Jul 2016
2016 Jul MP3/ZIP
64 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
 
Barbican
Short Letters 9
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Great Barn
News From The Pond
2016 August
2.5 MB
Dated 3 Sep 2016

 
Short Letters 9
0.
6 MB
Dated 5 Sep 2016
2016 Aug MP3/ZIP
57 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Sky Garden
Another September
Grubby Victory
Instructor Phrases Intro
***
2016 September
2 MB
Dated 17 Mar 2017
Instructor Phrases Intro
0.5
MB
Dated 10 Nov 2016
2016 Sep MP3/ZIP
62 MB
Dated 10 Nov 2016
Last Fling***
Cut-Price Shorthand
Kempton Steam Museum
Battle Of Hastings
2016 October
2.5 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Last Fling
0.8
MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
2016 Oct MP3/ZIP
65 MB
Dated 2 Dec 2016
Fireworks Display***
Last Leaves
Vintage Cars
Party Game
2016 November
2 MB
Dated 1 Dec 2016

 
Fireworks Display
0.9 MB
Dated 1 Dec 2016
2016 Nov MP3/ZIP
61 MB
Dated 3 Dec 2016
Toys***
Winter Wonderland
Christmas Tree Festival
Boxing Day

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2016 December
1.5 MB
Dated 29 Dec 2016


 
Toys
0.7 MB
Dated 29 Dec 2016
2016 Dec MP3/ZIP
57 MB
Dated 29 Dec 2016
2015 PDF Facility Drill PDF ZIP of Dictation MP3s
Short Letters1***
Tall Ships Regatta
Making A Start
Martian Bombshells
2015 January
2.2 MB
Dated 19 June 2016
Short Letters 1
1.3
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2015 Jan MP3/ZIP
60.4 MB
Dated 17 Mar 2015
Habits
Tides
Short Letters2
***
Conversations
2015 February
2.2 MB
Dated 19 June 2016
Short Letters 2
1
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2015 Feb MP3/ZIP
57 MB
Dated 17 Mar 2015
Facility Drills
Short Letters3***
Solar Eclipse
Proverbs Reclaimed
2015 March
2.3 MB
Dated 19 Jan 2017
Short Letters 3
1
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2015 Mar MP3/ZIP
72 MB
Dated 31 Mar 2015
The Wrong Pencil
Omitted Sounds
Upminster Windmill
Marathon 2015***
2015 April
2.5 MB
Dated 19 June 2016

 
Marathon 2015
0.9
MB
Dated 3 May 2015
2015 Apr MP3/ZIP
56.5 MB
Dated 3 May 2015
General Election
Contractions 1
Contractions 2
Contractions 3
Short Letters 4***
2015 May
2.1 MB
Dated 19 June 2016
Short Letters 4
0.8
MB
Dated 3 Jun 2015
2015 May MP3/ZIP
86.4 MB
Dated 2 Jun 2015
The Pigeon Game
Contractions 4
Steam Fairground***
Contractions 5
Contractions 6
2015 Jun
2 MB
Dated 4 Mar 2017
Steam Fairground
1.1
MB
Dated 4 Mar 2017
2015 Jun MP3/ZIP
82 MB
Dated 1 Jul 2015
Alexandra Palace***
Almost The Seaside
Pluto Flyby
Short Letters 5***
2015 Jul
2.2 MB
Dated 20 Jun 2016
Alexandra Palace
1.3
MB
Dated 3 May 2016


Short Letters 5
0.9
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2015 Jul MP3/ZIP
86.6 MB
Dated 3 Aug 2015

 
Museum Of Childhood
Short Letters 6***
Docklands Museum
Highgate Wood
2015 Aug
2.8 MB
Dated 20 Jun 2016
Short Letters 6
0.9
MB
Dated 3 May 2016

 
2015 Aug MP3/ZIP
65 MB
Dated 2 Sep 2015
Tower Beach***
Misspellings 2
Misspellings 3
Can't And Won't
2015 Sep
1.2 MB
Dated 17 Mar 2017
Tower Beach
0.9
MB
Dated 3 May 2016

 
2015 Sep MP3/ZIP
52
MB
Dated 5 Mar 2017
Energy For Waste
End Of Season
Daylight Saving***
Fraser's Phrases
2015 Oct
1.3 MB
Dated 23 June 2016
Daylight Saving
0.9
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2015 Oct MP3/ZIP
55
MB
Dated 1 Nov 2015
Weather Words
Diary Words***
Quotes For Shorthanders
Sewing Machines
2015 Nov
3.3
MB
Dated 23 June 2016
Diary Words
1.5
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
(paras 3-13)
2015 Nov MP3/ZIP
100 MB
Dated 10 Dec 2015
("Diary Words Slow" paras 3-13)
Sheep Drive
Christmas Nativities***
Mind The Gap
Twixmas

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2015 Dec
1.8
MB
Dated 23 June 2016
Christmas Nativities
1 MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2015 Dec MP3/ZIP
60 MB
Dated 11 Jan 2016
2014 PDF Facility Drill PDF ZIP of Dictation MP3s
Less Than Perfect
Chocolate
Minutes Of The Meeting
***
Success Quotes
2014 January
1.4 MB
Dated 15 Jun 2016
Minutes Of The Meeting
2
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Jan MP3/ZIP
87 MB
Dated 11 May 2015
Stay And Sit
Winter Or Spring
Boring Shorthand
Afternoon At Hall Place
***
2014 February
1.2 MB
Dated 15 Jun 2016
Afternoon At Hall Place
0.6
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Feb MP3/ZIP
50 MB
Dated 11 May 2015
North Greenwich Riverside
Blogspot Dictations
Crows
***
Daffodils
2014 March
1.6 MB
Dated 15 Jun 2016
Crows
1
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Mar MP3/ZIP
71 MB
Dated 15 June 2016
Impatient Gardener***
Hay Revision Part 1
Hay Revision Part 2
Hay Revision Part 3
2014 April
1.7 MB
Dated 16 Jun 2016
Impatient Gardener
1.2
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Apr MP3/ZIP
76 MB
Dated 11 May 2015
Instant Response
May Queen Celebrations
Simple Words
Woolwich Ferry
***
Optimism Quotes
2014 May
1.6 MB
Dated 16 Jun 2016
Woolwich Ferry
1
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 May MP3/ZIP
55 MB
Dated 12 May 2015
Stockwood Park Revisited
Football
Too Fast
Omission Phrases
***
2014 June
2 MB
Dated 16 Jun 2016
Omission Phrases
1.2
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Jun MP3/ZIP
86.5 MB
Dated 9 May 2015
Con Prefix
Fish Newsletter
Spring Clean
***
Pen And Ink
2014 July
2.7 MB
Dated 16 Jun 2016
Spring Clean
1.1
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Jul MP3/ZIP
79 MB
Dated 25 Mar 2015
Business Letters***
Papyrus
Books
Crows, Ravens and R-Hooks
2014 August
1.6 MB
Dated 16 Jun 2016
 
Business Letters
0.9
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Aug MP3/ZIP
60 MB
Dated 3 Apr 2015
Eagles and L-Hooks
Apple Trees
Money
***
Something Easy
2014 September
1.7 MB
Dated 16 Jun 2016
Money
1.1
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Sep MP3 ZIP
42 MB
Dated 8 Mar 2015
Changing Season***
Matchsticks
Not Guilty
End Of Month Report
2014 October
2.2 MB
Dated 17 Mar 2017
Changing Season
0.9
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Oct MP3/ZIP
53
MB
Dated 14 Mar 2015
 
Fireworks
Simple 1 (FOR BEGINNERS)
***
Comet Landing
Winter Quotes
2014 November
1.5
MB
Dated 16 Jun 2016
Simple 1
1.2
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Nov MP3/ZIP
59 MB
Dated 17 Mar 2015
Crystal Palace***
Christmas Lights
Christmas Movie
New Shoes

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2014 December
3.2
MB
Dated 16 Jun 2016
Crystal Palace
1.5
MB
Dated 3 May 2016
2014 Dec MP3/ZIP
45 MB
Dated 8 Mar 2015
2013 PDF Facility Drill PDF ZIP of Dictation MP3s
New Year's Resolutions
Tonbridge Town Lock
***
Shorthand Gloves
Short Form Pairs
Short Form Non-Pairs Part 1
Short Form Non-Pairs Part 2
2013 January
2.4 MB
Dated
4 Mar 2017
Tonbridge Town Lock
1
MB
Dated 28 Oct 2016
2013 Jan MP3/ZIP
109 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Garden Diary
Just Do It
***
Keep Calm Carry On Writing
Short Forms from Vowel Signs Part1
Short Forms from Vowel Signs Part2
Short Forms from Vowel Signs Part3
2013 February
1.8 MB
Dated 29 Oct 2016
Just Do It
0.7
MB
Dated 29 Oct 2016
2013 Feb MP3/ZIP
90 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Frog Time
Winter Rain
Easter
***
Quotes
2013 March
1.6 MB
Dated 29 Oct 2016
Easter
0.8
MB
Dated 29 Oct 2016
2013 Mar MP3/ZIP
52 MB
Dated 30
Oct 2016
Cease and Desist!
Spring At Last
***
Pigeons
Please Wait
2013 April
1.8 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Spring At Last
0.7
MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
2013 Apr MP3/ZIP
40 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Clever Creatures
Stone Age
***
ASETNIOP Virtual Keyboard
Pigeon Power
2013 May
2 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Stone Age
0.7
MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
2013 May MP3/ZIP
58 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Stockwood Park Luton
Quotes
Get On With It
***
It's The Business
2013 June
1.4 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
Get On With It
1.1 MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
2013 Jun MP3/ZIP
58 MB
Dated 2 Nov 2016
Fishing For Business
Hot Weather Cold Water
Free Shorthand Dictionary
July Thunderstorms
***
2013 July
2.5 MB
Dated 31 Oct 2016
July Thunderstorms
0.5
MB
Dated 31 Oct 2016
2013 Jul MP3/ZIP
63 MB
Dated 31 Oct 2016
Shorthand For Dummies?
EeZee Alphabet
Queen's Beasts
***
Scramble!
2013 August
1.9 MB
Dated 31 Oct 2016
Queen's Beasts
0.8
MB
Dated 30 Oct 2016
2013 Aug MP3/ZIP
57 MB
Dated 2 Nov 2016
Misspellings 1
End Of Summer
***
Pitman's Snippets
Go On, Make My Day
2013 September
1.6 MB
Dated 31 Oct 2016
End Of Summer
0.5
MB
Dated 31 Oct 2016
2013 Sep MP3/ZIP
36 MB
Dated 31 Oct 2016
Perseverance Quotes
Well Hall Pleasaunce
World's Strongest Man
Autumn Leaves
***
2013 October PDF
1.3 MB
Dated 1 Nov 2016
Autumn Leaves
0.7
MB
Dated 1 Nov 2016
2013 Oct MP3/ZIP
26 MB
Dated 1 Jan 2017
Colours
Get A Grip
Raw Beginners
Comet Ison
Sneaky
***
Martian Comet Update
2013 November
3.3 MB
Dated 31 Oct 2016
Sneaky
0.4
MB
Dated 5 Jun 2016
2013 Nov MP3/ZIP
74 MB
Dated 1 Jan 2017
Padded Letter***
Chilly Christmas
Dear Father Christmas
Novelty Wearing Off

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2013 December
2.2 MB
Dated 18 Jun 2016
Padded Letter
0.6
MB
Dated 5 Jun 2016
2013 Dec MP3/ZIP
37 MB
Dated 1 Jan 2017
2012 PDF Facility Drill PDF ZIP of Dictation MP3s
What Is Pitman's Shorthand?***
Shorthand About Town
Practically Perfect
River Cray
Exams Looming
Meet Robin
Running Commentary
London Marathon
***
Pros and Cons of Shorthand
Shorthand Is Cool
Cutty Sark
***
A Little Cross
2012 April
3 MB
Dated 16 Jan 2017

 

What Is Pitman's Shorthand?
London Marathon
Cutty Sark

0.8 MB
Dated 16 Jan 2017
2012 Apr MP3/ZIP
65 MB
Dated 17 Jan 2017
Get In The Swim
Nesting Update 17 May
Chinese Shorthand
Nesting Update 6 May
Lucky Goals
***
Petts Wood May Fayre
Olympic Flame
Dinosaurs
***
Glorious Sixty
2012 May
2 MB
Dated 5 Feb 2017
Lucky Goals
Dinosaurs

0.8 MB
Dated 5 Feb 2017
2012 May MP3/ZIP
34 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Thames Pageant***
What Are You Waiting For?
In The Garden
Letter From The MD
Hang On A Minute
How Long To Learn Shorthand
2012 June
3 MB
Dated 3 Mar 2017
Thames Pageant
0.5 MB
Dated 3 Mar 2017
2012 Jun MP3/ZIP
48 MB
Dated 2 Mar 2017
Testing The Water
Ducklings
A Most Distinguished Writer
Stained Glass Story
***
Invisible Minutes
Olympic Vocabulary
2012 July
3 MB
Dated 7 Jan 2017
Stained Glass Story 2012 Jul MP3/ZIP
52 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Martian Rover Landing
Anglo-Saxons
***
Are You Ready?
Bold Sparrow
Maidstone Dinosaurs
Martian Update
2012 August
2 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Anglo-Saxons 2012 Aug MP3/ZIP
42 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Traditional British Seaside***
Pleasure Piers
Pond Depot Report
Wet And Windy
Crossness Pumping Station
2012 September
4 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Traditional British Seaside 2012 Sep MP3/ZIP
58 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Spidery Writing
Fountain Pens
Apple Harvest
How To Practise
Armed And Dangerous
***
2012 October
2
MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Armed And Dangerous 2012 Oct MP3/ZIP
39 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Fireworks Night
Let Me Rephrase That
Thames Barrier
***
Favourite Gifts
Cutty Sark Update
Shorthand Christmas Cards
2012 November
2 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Thames Barrier 2012 Nov MP3/ZIP
56 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017
Christmas Robins
Mince Pies
Let It Snow
***
Ted's Contribution
Merry Martian Christmas

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2012 December
1.5 MB
Dated 4 Mar 2017
Let It Snow 2012 Dec MP3/ZIP
33 MB
Dated 6 Jan 2017

 

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