Online Class: Gregg Shorthand 101

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Course Description

Gregg Shorthand is the most widely used version of shorthand in the world. Since its inception in 1888,  millions of professionals from all walks of life in nearly every country have used it.   The Gregg system of shorthand is not only considered the most efficient, it's also thought to be the easiest to learn, use and read -- simple, straightforward and elegant in design.
This course addresses the newest version of Gregg Shorthand, which is the Second Edition “Simplified.” You'll find that by learning this system of shorthand your work will become much easier and the knowledge you have obtained will give you valuable access to numerous positions in the business world.


There are ten comprehensive lessons written in an easy to follow, informative manner.

Lessons will contain the following elements:

ü  Introduction to the Lesson: “Introduction”

ü  The Lesson body broken down by topic: “Learn It”

ü  Lesson Conclusion: “Conclusion”

ü  Practice writing and audio activities following each lesson

ü  Brief lesson review quiz

ü  Highlighted key terms, checklists, exercises, and Web site resources will be threaded throughout the entire course when and where appropriate and necessary.


This self-paced online course gives you 6 months to learn the system although you can finish as quickly as your schedule allows. Enroll today and begin learning shorthand.

Course Requirements

This course will not require any previous educational experience. Anyone interested in learning shorthand is welcome!

This course will require time. While the course material is organized in about ten easy to understand lessons, it will still require dedicated practice. You should be prepared to set aside between 20 to 30 minutes each day to learn and practice new strokes.


1. "First Shorthand Strokes" topics:

  • Silent Letters
  • S-Z and A, F and V
  • E, N and M
  • T and D
  • O, R, L and H
  • Omission of Minor Vowels
  • The Left S and Z
  • P and B, K and G
  • Sh, Ch and J
  • Long l
  • A, Ä and -ing
  • E, I, Obscure Vowels
  • The Th Sound
  • Brief Forms
  • Phrases
  • O, Aw
  • The "Ses" Sound
  • T for to in Phrases
  • X
  • Principals of Joining
  • Summary Review Questions

    2. Useful Shorthand Devises:

  • Practice Program
  • Brief Forms
  • Words Beginning with Ex
  • Words Ending with –tion, -cient, -ciency, -tial
  • Amounts and Quantities
  • Disjoined Past Tense, -er, -or
  • Brief Forms
  • Using "Been" in Phrases
  • Able in Phrases
  • Word Ending –ly, -ily, -ally
  • Oi
  • Words Ending with –ure, -ture, -ual, -tual
  • Word Beginning Re-, Be-, De-, Dis-, Des-, Mis-
  • Brief Forms
  • Long i and a Following a Vowel
  • La, Ea
  • Joining of Hooks and Vowels
  • Principals of Joining
  • Summary Review Questions

    3. Nine More Strokes, topics:

  • OO Hook
  • Wh Sound
  • Brief Forms
  • Word Ending –ther
  • W in the Body of a Word
  • Ah, Aw and Y
  • Brief Forms
  • Omission of Short U
  • The sounds of Ng and Ngk
  • Brief Forms
  • Rd and Ld Combinations
  • Principals of Joining
  • Summary Review

    4. Six New Alphabetic Characters topics:

  • The U Soun
  • Brief Forms
  • The Combination of Ted
  • Ded, Det and Dit
  • Men, Mem, Min Mon, Mun, etc.
  • Nd, Nt, Md and Mt
  • Omission of Minor Vowels
  • U Represented by OO
  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • Cities and States
  • Omission of Ow before N
  • Omission of Ow between N-N
  • Omission of Ow in Moun
  • Words Beginning Per, Pur, Pro
  • Word Ending –ment, -ble
  • Summary Review

    5. Useful Word Beginnings and Endings topics:

  • Word Ending –ship, –cal, -cie, -self, -selves
  • Word Beginning After-
  • Jent and Jend
  • Def, Dif, Div and Dev
  • Tive, Tif
  • Word Beginning Electr-
  • Electric
  • Word Beginnings Inter-, Intro-
  • Enter-, Entr-
  • Word Beginnings Short-, Ship-
  • Useful Business Phrases
  • Is Not, Was Not in Phrases
  • Age in Phrases
  • Want in Phrases
  • Word Ending –ful, –ify, –ification, –gram
  • Word Ending –rity, -lit, -ity, lty
  • Summary Review

    6. The Remainder of the Gregg Alphabet topics:

  • Commas
  • The letter combinations of –Den, -Ten, -Tain, -Dem, and -Tem
  • Useful Phrases
  • Special Business Forms
  • Brief Forms
  • Omission of R
  • The –Ort Combination
  • Omission of T
  • Disjoined Past Tense, -er, -or
  • Other Derivatives
  • T Omitted in One-Syllable Words
  • T Omitted in Multiple Syllable Words
  • Disjoined St for –ist, -est
  • Brief Forms
  • Omission of D
  • Words Beginning Incl-, Post-, Super-, Supr- and Trans-

    7. Abbreviating Devices topics:

  • Commas With Introductory Expressions
  • Word Beginnings Con-, Com-
  • Con- and Com- Followed by a Vowel or R or L
  • Word Beginnings En-, In-, Un-
  • En-, In-, Un- Followed by a Vowel
  • Word Beginnings Em-, Im-
  • Em-, Im- Followed by a Vowel
  • Word Beginnings For-, Fore-, Fur-, Al- and Sub-
  • The Ul Sound
  • Word Endings –hood, -ward
  • Compound Word Beginnings
  • Abbreviation Word Families Group One
  • Abbreviation Word Families Group Two
  • Abbreviation Words Not in Families
  • Omission of Vowel Preceding –tion
  • Summary Review

    8. The Home Stretch topics:

  • Comma Separating Independent Clauses
  • Omission of Words in Phrases
  • Understand, Understood
  • Misunderstand, Misunderstood
  • Compound Words
  • Brief Forms
  • Quantities
  • Brief Forms
  • Word Beginnings Self-, Circum-, -pose, -position
  • Summary Review

    9. The Final Shorthand Devices topics:

  • Brief Forms
  • Word Endings –ings, -ingly
  • Breif Forms
  • Word Endings –sume, -sumption, -ulate, -ulation
  • Brief Forms
  • Word Ending –less
  • Brief Forms
  • Proper Name Terminations
  • Common Geographical Abbreviations
  • Summary Review

    10. Developing Your Skill; Practice Material topics:

  • Lesson One Review
  • Lesson Two Review
  • Lesson Three Review
  • Lesson Four Review
  • Lesson Five Review
  • Lesson Six Review
  • Lesson Seven Review
  • Lesson Eight Review
  • Lesson Nine Review

  • Course Materials

    - Lined paper (notebooks or stenography pads will work very well)

    - A few pencils with erasers (for beginning lessons)

    - A few ball point pens (for later lessons)

    - A timer (any device you can use to time yourself will work)

    No books will be required, but the Gregg Shorthand Manual Simplified is recommended.

    Grading Policy

    This course has 10 lessons. There are points for review quizzes and self monitoring assignments . A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation. 

    Learning Outcomes

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
    • Demonstrate shorthand strokes.
    • Demonstrate basic writing using shorthand.
    • Use shorthand to record verbal conversations.
    • Recognize word beginnings and endings to speed up writing.
    • Describe methods for developing shorthand skills, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

    Assessment Guide

    Assessment Points
    Lesson 1 Practice Activity A2
    Lesson 1 Practice Activity B2
    Lesson 1 Exam10
    Lesson 2 Practice Activity A1
    Lesson 2 Practice Activity B1
    Lesson 2 Exam10
    Lesson 3 Practice Activity A2
    Lesson 3 Practice Activity B2
    Lesson 3 Exam9
    Lesson 4 Practice Activity A1
    Lesson 4 Practice Activity B1
    Lesson 4 Exam10
    Lesson 5 Practice Activity A2
    Lesson 5 Practice Activity B2
    Lesson 5 Exam10
    Lesson 6 Practice Activity A1
    Lesson 6 Practice Activity B1
    Lesson 6 Exam10
    Lesson 7 Practice Activity A2
    Lesson 7 Practice Activity B2
    Lesson 7 Exam10
    Lesson 8 Practice Activity A1
    Lesson 8 Practice Activity B1
    Lesson 8 Exam9
    Lesson 9 Practice Activity A2
    Lesson 9 Practice Activity B2
    Lesson 9 Exam10
    Putting it all together: Translating a Newspaper Article1
    Putting it all together: Translating a TV Talk Show1
    Total Points:120

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