Thursday, 16 February 2017

Short Letters 10


Here are some more short passages. Once you have read through the shorthand several times, it might be an idea to read them out loud again, but this time recording yourself. Hopefully your reading speed on the shorthand (not the text) would match the speed at which you would be able to write it, although I think it is harder to recall outlines than to just recognise them and that little difference will be enough to provide the pull needed to ensure it is not too easy.



Dear Mr Black, I hope you have* by now received the committee reports and financial statements* which I emailed* to all the members who were* present at last month’s meeting. The directors are very happy to see such an improvement in our situation and the success of our new venture with the refurbished showroom in the north of the county. I welcome your comments and suggestions on the issues* we talked about, which I will include in the report that I will be writing, in preparation for the consultation with the accountants next month. Your sincerely, Mr White, Company Secretary (100 words)

* Omission phrase "I (h)ope you have"  "who (w)ere"

* "financial statements" You cannot use this phrase for "finance statements" which should be written separately. If you must have a phrase for that, then use the large Ses circle to indicate the two S sounds in the middle.

* "emailed" Insert first vowel, as it is similar to "mail"

* "issues" If you prefer the pronunciation "ishoos" use Ish and a dash vowel, not the U diphthong


Dear Miss Gray, I am responding to your email* of yesterday about the items of clothing you ordered in our North Road store last week. I am sorry that there has been a delay in obtaining these for you. I confirm that the discounted price will remain the same for your purchase, until the items arrive. Thank you for being willing to wait and I am sure the items will be to your satisfaction. If there is likely to be any further hold-up in deliveries from the warehouse to our shop, then I will contact you again. Yours sincerely*, Debbie (100 words)

* "email" Insert first vowel, as it is similar to "mail"

* Omission phrase "Yours si(n)cerely", with downward L to keep the outline compact, despite the final vowel (similarly "necessarily")


Dear Miss Greystone, I hope you are* well and you are enjoying seeing the sights of the city on your three month touring ticket that you purchased from us last year. I am writing to offer you the opportunity of buying an extension for another three or six months, at a discount of fifty percent* over the normal price. This offer is not open to new members to the scheme at present, as we want to make sure our existing members have the first choice. Please reply by phone or email* if you wish to take advantage of this saving. (100 words)

* Omission phrase "I (h)ope you are"

* "fifty percent" Personal choice whether you use this or numerals and a P stroke, whichever is faster without losing clearness

* "email" Insert first vowel, as it is similar to "mail"


Dear Mrs* Greenham, Our Walking Club has now been operating for five years, during which time our membership has grown considerably and we are delighted that people are choosing to join us on our walks through the lovely countryside and villages of the area. We have received* so many requests from further afield, that we are considering opening another branch, to keep numbers lower for each walk. We are holding a club meeting on the tenth of next month* and I invite you to come and join in the discussions about this exciting possibility*. We look forward* to seeing you. (100 words)

* "Mrs" Not using Ses Circle, as that would be "misses"

* Omission phrases "We have (re)ceived"  "ne(k)s(t mon)th" "look fo(r)ward"

* "possibility" Optional contraction


Dear Miss Brownley*, This letter* is to confirm your appointment as Junior* Reporter in our sports department*. Please report to this office at 9.30 a.m. on Monday first of March. Your first trainee assignment will be to accompany Mr Stevens to the headquarters* of the local tennis club around mid-morning and you will both produce your reports during the afternoon. As a senior reporter, Mr Stevens is very well* placed to coach you in your first steps, and I hope* this will be the beginning of a long and happy career for you in the world of sports reporting. (100 words)

* "Brownley" Names need all their vowels written in, compare "Brownhill" or "Brownlow"

* "this letter" Downward L to enable the phrase to be made

* "sports department" Avoiding intersecting a half length stroke, as the result would be less clear and with no advantage

* "headquarters" Alternative outline, omitting the R and using doubling instead, to gain a faster outline

* Omission phrase "very (w)ell"  "I (h)ope"



Dear James, As I mentioned to you last week*, Miss Brownley* will be coming to start work with us next month*. She will be accompanying you on several of your assignments, so that she can have first-hand experience of the job, and so that we can get a good idea of her abilities. At the end of the week I will see you both for an appraisal of how things went, and we can then allocate some jobs to her for the future. I know your knowledge will be of great benefit to her as she starts her journalism* career. (100 words)

* Omission phrase "las(t w)eek"  "ne(k)s(t mon)th"

* "Brownley" see para above

* "journalism" Optional contraction


Dear Mr Redman, Thank you for sending* through the architect’s report on the plans for our new house in Mill Road. I have a few amendments to make and would like you to arrange an appointment for us both to meet at your offices. I have several sample pictures of how I would like the side extension to look. I can be available any time as long as I have a day’s notice. There will also be a few changes to the landscaping* plan but I understand that this does not have to be finalised until later in the year. (100 words) (Total 787 words)

* "sending" Note that "sending the report" and "signing the report" could look similar, so "signing" should always have the diphthong written in.

* "landscaping" It is the halved L that is in position above the line, so it does not matter where the stroke P ends up