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The T-Script System

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View a Powerpoint demonstration of the T-Script shorthand method.

Textbooks are available for each level of the T-Script system. They may be used either for self-study or for classroom use.

Self-study Courses on CD are also available.

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The T-Script System


The T-Script shorthand method

T-Script is a unique method of shorthand designed to meet different user needs. It can be written at 2 levels:

  1. Professional level, for journalists, reporters and office personnel who wish to write verbatim notes at high speeds (More than 100 words a minute).
    More information about the professional level.
  2. Alpha-level, for anyone who writes occasional personal notes at meetings or in classes.
    More information about the Alpha-level.

There is also a version of the method which can be typed on a standard QWERTY keyboard.
More information about the Keyboard version.

A common core of rules applies at all levels; these include:

  1. Two Fundamental Principles;
    1. Words are written the way they sound (phonographic).
    2. Words are abbreviated by writing the significant sounded consonants.
  2. Two specific abbreviation rules;
    1. Indicating the sound of R.
    2. Indicating the sound of L.
  3. The most commonly occurring prefix groups are represented by single letters.
  4. Similarly, the most commonly occurring suffix groups are represented by single letters.

With these few rules you can write any word simply, precisely and fast.

View a Powerpoint demonstration of the T-Script shorthand method.

T-Script Professional level

The preferred choice for fast verbatim reporting by journalists, reporters and office personnel.

Easy to learn;

  • Fewer rules than other shorthand systems.
  • The theory can be covered in some 15 hours of study. (The Teeline system requires a minimum of 25 hours, and the Pitman system requires many more hours of learning and practice.)

Fast to write;

  • Uses familiar script letters each contracted to a single pen stroke.
  • The few rules are easy and quick to recall, enabling fast writing.

Designed for speed;

  • The system is designed around the most frequently occurring letter sounds, D and T, R and L.

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The Alpha-level of the T-Script system is used for occasional personal note-taking. Very high speed reporting is not needed here so your own familiar script letters (longhand) are used instead of all the contracted forms of the Professional level.

The same small core of abbreviation rules apply equally at this level.

For increased writing speed a special feature is introduced at Alpha-level. The 3 most frequently occurring letters, D, T and N, are written in their contracted forms (as used at Professional level). These letters occur, usually several times, in almost every sentence and thus, with a minimum of learning, writing speeds can be increased significantly. (See example passage below.)

Most writers at this level can write up to 90 words a minute, but there is no upper limit. You can increase writing speed by adopting one or more of the contracted letters of the Professional level without learning new rules.


Alpha-Executive is a special presentation of the Alpha-level as a simple method of speed writing. The few common core rules of the system apply equally here. It may be presented in a single seminar-workshop of 3-4 hours.

  • This is ideal for personal use in offices and meetings.
  • It is also ideal for taking notes in classes and conferences.

The principal differences between Alpha-Executive and Alpha-level lie in the treatment of initial vowels and writing the sound of L.

The Keyboard version

The simplicity of the T-Script method enables the use of a QWERTY keyboard where only characters found on a standard keyboard are used. The speed of writing notes is influenced by the writer’s keyboarding speed.

A full presentation of the Keyboard version is included in the Alpha-level printed textbook; it is also included in the Alpha-level self-study course.

Compare this specimen passage with the Keyboard version following;

“This is a new approach to writing shorthand. A multi-level method designed for different user needs, but using a common core of abbreviation rules. One level for the professional shorthand writer and another, Alpha-level, for occasional note-taking at meetings and in classes. The Keyboard version can be typed on a standard computer keyboard. This is a simple and versatile method for the twenty-first century”.

Illustration of the above passage typed in Keyboard;

ts s a nu aprj t rtg zothd. a m-lvl mtd dsnd f dfrn usr nds, b usg a cmn co o abrvz rls. 1 lvl f e prfzl zothd rtr a antr, alflvl=, f oczl notkg a mtgs a n clss. e kebod= vez c b tpd on a stndrd cptr kebod. ts s a smpl a vestl mtd f e 21st sn.

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