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Speed writing method (Summary of rules)

T-Script speed writing is based on the Alpha-level of the T-Script shorthand system. It is intended to be written with pen on paper; if you wish to make notes on a computer you can use the Keyboard version.

1. General principles for writing the word outline

Words are written according to their sound.
way, weigh w + a     knew, new n + u

1.1 Write the principal sounded consonants and omit vowels in the body of a word to form the word outline.

back bc   cough cf   suffix sfx

1.2 Normal punctuation marks are used except the period point (full stop) which can be indicated by writing a small 'x' cross.

2. Writing consonants

Use your own familiar longhand letters - except T, D, and N (these core letters are always written in their simplified forms; see below.) All letters should be written as simply as possible and without flourishes. The following letter styles are suggested.


2.1 The paired consonants are;   CH j   SH z   QU q

TH is represented by a simplified letter T written on a downward slant image004

2.2 Plural S is indicated by the S-dot (your familiar full-stop point).

3. Indicating vowels

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Familiar small vowel letters may be used but the vowel indicators are preferred. The vowel indicators are;


These are used as follows,

3.1 To indicate a final long vowel the indicator is disjoined and written on the line.


pay           gay           fee           key           lie         high          low

3.2   To clarify a vowel sound within the body of the word if needed.

Short vowels – indicator is written ABOVE the outline, image010

Long vowels – indicator is written BELOW the outline, image012

Where appropriate a long vowel sound in the body of a word may be indicated by writing the relevant vowel indicator joined on to the final consonant of the outline.


3.3  As Quick Forms for the most frequently occurring words.

a, and, at        the          I, why           of, or        on, over *      you, under **

* The OO-indicator is written above the line to represent 'over'.

** The U-indicator is written above the line to represent 'under'.

4. Writing T, D and N

T, D and N are always written in their simplified forms,

  D                     T                       N

4.1 After N, T is modified to an anti-clockwise hook, and D is written as a clock-wise hook;


Similarly DD is written did image022 

4.2 A final vowel indicator written in the superscript position indicates a long vowel sound followed by

T or D. (Alternatively T or D may be written.)

feet         gate       light       boat       cute       wait, weight       meet, meat

5. Writing R

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R is read after any letter doubled in size or written as a capital, or upper case, letter. 

brick  Bc      crack   Cc


5.1 Because a vowel indicator cannot be doubled, when R follows a vowel it is written as a normal  

(longhand) vowel letter.

ca             fe             ra             re             ro             eo             u             cu

care         fear         rare         rear         roar         error         your         cure

6. Writing L

L is omitted from a final L syllable and the preceding letter, or vowel indicator, is written in the subscript (L) position, through or below the line.

bell ...b......           kill ...c......            well ...w......   


6.1 In the body of a word the 'l' may be written.

milk mlc           column clm           film flm

calibrate  clB       ballistic bls c       silver slV

6.2 Where the consonant combinations BL, CL, FL, Gl, PL and SL occur in words written in the context of a sentence, the L may often be omitted.

black bc       clear ce       glass gs       plum pm

7. Diphthongs and Double vowels

The diphthongs are,     OI  y,     boy  by     OW  o,     cow  co

These may be omitted in frequently occurring words.


AW is represented by w;   saw  sw

7.1 When it is helpful to indicate a double vowel specifically, the special double vowel indicator is used

(this may be written either as image032)

When written as a superscript it indicates '-iate'


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8. Word abbreviation

The most frequently occurring words, which form almost half of all written and spoken matter, are

written as Quick Forms; these special abbreviations are based on common abbreviation usage.


do                   it, to                no,not

        b                  c                  g                  v                  s                  w                  h                  z

be, by, but     come      go, good     have, very     is, so        we, with        he, him          she

8.1 Common prefixes and suffixes are given special abbreviations;

'con-', 'com-' c,    confer cF    compare cpa

'ex-' x    excuse xcs

'in-, en-', (simplified letter N) image037

'-ly' is indicated by a disjoined subscript E-vowel indicator. lovely lv`

'-ment' is represented by m. moment mm    comment cm

'-ng' is indicated by g. wrong rg    coming cg

'shun' (-tion, -cian) is indicated by a disjoined N.image039

'shunt' (-cient) is written as the shun-N + T-hook.image041

'shul' (-cial) is written as SH (z) through the line. special spz

'shus' ( -ious) is written as SH (z) + S precious  Pzs

'-tive' is represented by 'v'. positive psv    comparative cPv

(Additional optional prefixes and suffixes may be used (as given in the textbooks). e.g.

'multi-' a disjoined 'm' written through the line. multi-purpose mPps

 '-ology' disjoined j,    apology  apj    psychology scj

8.2 A disjoined S indicates the double 'ses' sound (this may be written as a small superscript letter to make it more distinctive); crisis Cs    excess xs

8.3 Any of the simplified letters of T-Script Professional level may be used as experience and familiarity in writing the method increases.

The most useful letters to be adopted are likely to be, S, H, M and W. 


Writing words and sentences

image045Words are written generally on the line as in normal longhand. However, when a core letter (T, D, N) is included in an outline you may start any following adjacent letter where the core letter ends. In these cases you are likely to write such letters slightly smaller than usual. This will also apply to other letters written as subscripts or superscripts. Because this method of rapid writing is based on your normal hand-writing style you can adapt it to a way of writing that you find natural and comfortable.

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