Existing shorthand systems provide non-alphabetical symbols or outlines for words and common phrases to increase the writing speed. A number of writing strokes is significantly reduced and a high speed can be attained. However, a great deal of time must be spent on memorization using such systems and retention is difficult. On the other hand, speedwriting methods use alphabet letters and are easier to learn. But they require two or three strokes to write a standard letter and can not match a writing speed attainable by non-alphabetical shorthand. The MiniScript system is an alternative that combines both the simplicity of speedwriting and a high writing speed of non-alphabetical shorthand. MiniScript employs: a) a proven and popular EasyScript alphabet-based abbreviation methodology that reduces considerably the memorization volume by using a small set abbreviating rules and b) writing actual abbreviations with special symbols to attain writing speeds comparable to non-alphabetical shorthand. If abbreviations are created using EasyScript method you will need to remember only a list of 9 special symbols representing English alphabet. For instance, letters A, B and C are written using the same special symbol by placing it on the top, middle and bottom line positions. As a result, this combined approach of using EasyScript method and a small set of non-alphabetical will enable you increase your writing speed compared to alphabet-based systems. The MiniScript Shorthand book consists of: 1) studying EasyScript abbreviation method and 2) learning how to write EasyScript abbreviations with non-alphabetical special symbols assigned to represent an individual alphabet letter. Special symbols from the conventional QWERTY keyboard are used which are familiar to any person using a computer and require little or no training. Purchase of an EasyScript book is not required to study MiniScript. For more information: www.easyscript.com.
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