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Ordinary writing at Shorthand Speed for all Languages
This, the only World Brief-Script in existence, breaks down all the present language barriers to free international correspondence between all countries.
"Another outstanding and attractive feature of Dutton Speedwords [Rap Lin Rie] is the fact that it is the first abbreviated writing invention in history which at once transcribes all languages." ---R. J. G. Dutton
Rap Lin Rie is the nickname I have given to Dutton World Speedwords. Dutton World Speedwords was intended to be a shorthand system that could also be used as an international language. And, it turns out that it is the perfect email shorthand system for the 21st Century.
Scope of the Original Lessons
The original series of lessons consisted of twelve lessons. Each lesson could be comfortably completed within the short period of 21/2 hours. Students ware able to incorporate the abbreviated word-forms in their ordinary correspondence from the very first lesson. I am posting most of Lesson One here for you to enjoy. Later this lesson will be translated into other languages on this web page.
The 1-letter and 2-letter Speedwords for the 100 most-used words in the English language are nearly all included in the first three lessons. As they actually comprise three of every five running words, students, as early as the end of the third lesson, should therefore quickly perceive a distinct increase in their speed of writing.
Special Note. Keys to all Exercises in this and all the other lessons, plus additional exercises on each lesson are available in the "Companion to the Dutton Speedwords Lessons."
Sean Shannon, a Canadian residing in Oxford, Great Britain, recited Hamlet's soliloquy "To be or not to be" (259 words) in a time of 24 seconds - equivalent to 647.5 words per minute - on British Broadcasting Corporation's Radio Oxford on October 26, 1990.
Steve Woodmore of Orpington, Great Britain, spoke 595 words in a time of 56.01 seconds, or 637.4 words per minute, on the ITV program Motor Mouth on September 22, 1990.
In working through these lessons students should articulate each syllable as they read or write them. The student will then ultimately be able to make themselves understood by word of mouth when they personally meet Speedwordites who are not able to converse in the same national language. The ability to read, write and speak Speedwords will equip its possessors for high and responsible positions in 21st Century world commerce, and fit them to be pioneers in the great movement for international understanding which will be certain to arise in the near future.
RULES OF PRONUNCIATION
When used alone or finally vowels have the following "long" values, approximating to those of most Continental languages, viz:a as in 'bah', 'ma' represented in imitated pronunciation by 'ah'
e as in 'eh', 'grey' represented in imitated pronunciation by 'eh'
i as in 'machine', 'fatigue' represented in imitated pronunciation by 'ee'
o as in 'oh', 'foe' represented in imitated pronunciation by 'oh'
u as in 'lunar', 'truth' represented in imitated pronunciation by 'oo'
Vowels followed by a consonant are "short", as in 'at', 'get', 'it', 'odd', 'put'. In the imitated pronunciation a short vowel is shown by doubling the following consonant.
In words of two or more letters y is pronounced as in 'by', 'rhyme', whether followed by a consonant or not, and is represented in the imitated pronunciation by 'y'. When y stands alone, however, it is pronounced "yoh" as in the first syllable of the English word 'yokel'.
c is pronounced like English 'ch' and is represented by 'ch'
j is pronounced like English 's' in 'measure' and is represented by 'zh'.
q is pronounced like English 'kw' and is represented by 'kwe(r)'
r is always trilled as in Scotch 'r' and is represented by 'rr'.
s is always "hard" as in 'less', and never "soft" as in 'boys'. It is represented by 'ss' whenever the incorrect soft or 'z' sound may suggest itself.
g is always "hard" as in 'gag', 'get', never "soft" as in 'gem'.
h is always aspirated when it is the first letter of a syllable.
The other consonants have the pronunciation which is common to English and most other European languages.
In Speedwords of more than one syllable the stress always occurs on the first syllable, except in the cases of opposites ending in -o (second half of this lesson) and words having the prefixes y (lesson 6) and u (lesson 10).
Interchangeability of Nouns and Verbs, etc.
Particle, Pronunciation, Meaning & Memory Aid
Radical, Pronunciation, Meaning and Memory Aid
Specimen Sentences, with Meanings and Pronunciation
He is near us. S e ny w. Se eh ny we.
It is good to work. T e gu ra. Te eh goo rah
It is hot today. T e he cde. Te eh heh chdeh.
I love him and he loves me. J am s & s am j. Zhe amm se and se amm zhe.
We are near the end of it. W e ny l ed d t. We eh ny le edd de te.
After this we will continue the good work. Po c w vo du l gu ra. Poh che we voh doo le goo rah.
EXERCISE 1A. Transcribe into Speedwords: --
EXERCISE 1B. Transcribe into English: --
Note: All Speedwords listed in these lessons are tabulated in the Speedwords Dictionary in alphabetical order.
This is the end of sample lesson one.
Please review your lesson daily until it becomes part of you.
Congratulations, you have begun an exciting and rewarding adventure by learning Rap Lin Rie. So, now you can start Rappin'.
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