The Teeline shorthand alphabet and the basic words that each letter can represent are fairly simple to learn. But the real secret to super-fast note-taking and speed writing comes from the unique way that Teeline shorthand is able to merge letters.
This means that we can listen to somebody speaking and write down everything they say with 100 per cent accuracy – a task that would be virtually impossible with normal longhand writing.
How does Teeline shorthand do this? Well, the system uses the consonants (all the letters apart from vowels a,e,i,o and u) to form whole words.
For example, if we want to write life we get ride of the i and e in the letter and just join a Teeline shorthand letter l and f together. Just like this.
If you’d like to have a go at wrting it yourself, follow the movemnets shown in this picture. Start at the top of then, go down in a smooth round curve, then clockwise to do the loop.
The same principle applies to more words. The Teeline shorthand outline for red is a combination of the letter r and the letter d.
Now there are thousands more words in the English language. Some of them such as ‘ornithologist’ are more complicated than life and red. But with Teeline shorthand we can write every one of them in milliseconds. We can write whole sentences in under a second.