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Troab Shorthand, principles and theory

July 2018

Troab Shorthand is a method of recording speech with pen and paper, the focus is on word abbreviation, ways of indicating R and L, and the letters T, D, N and S.

Words are written using their significant sounded letters; most medial vowels can be omitted in words written in the context of a sentence. Six vowel indicators are written as diacritics and may be included in the word outline if needed for clarification.

A small set of some of the most frequently occurring words are represented by the consonants and the vowel indicators; these are based on familiar abbreviation usage. The core consonants D, T, N, are written distinctively as progressive forms contracted from their familiar script letters; these are used at both Professional and Basic levels of the system and may be blended as ND, NT and TD.

The sounds of R and L occur particularly frequently; they are represented by writing the preceding consonant in a distinctive form or position. This enables fast writing speeds without writing the individual letters. These abbreviations are applied consistently at both levels.

The most frequent words are written as ‘Quick Forms’ following common practice in shorthand design. In Troab they represent the first letter of a word (t = to) or the dominant sound of the word (b = be, r = are).

Words are written following the fundamental principle of abbreviation, but long words, when written in the context of a sentence, may be shortened distinctively by writing to the stressed syllable of the word (ps = possible). A small set of commonly used prefixes and suffixes make for short word outlines that are easily recognised. The few rules used in Troab shorthand are consistently applied enabling easy learning, fast writing and quick reading.

Troab Basic level can be used by students as a self-study approach to classroom note-taking; it is equally suitable for use in the office or at meetings.

The Troab Professional level has a shorthand word foot-print of 2.0 pen movements (a measure of writing effort). This compares favourably with the Teeline method which has a foot-print of 2.6.

Troab shorthand is different from other shorthand methods with its simplicity and ease of learning and high writing speeds possible. The Troab mantra is “Simply Fast”.

These differences are illustrated in the sentence - “It is said everyone knows that the car can kill”.

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