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    Clickable dictation at various speeds is available at the bottom of this page. The transcript of the dictation appears here as well.

    It appears that I neglected to update this site in April. Someone should have notified me! Nevertheless, this is the piece that should have appeared then. Careful with some of the vocabulary. Be sure to check a shorthand dictionary before you drill any unfamiliar words. Note that the vocabulary isn't what is found in a "typical" business letter so you may need to start at a lower speed than usual.

Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p 109-110

Enjoying Life As You Go
          Once in a while, we find a businessman who takes a decidedly refreshing view of business life.  Such men give us an idea of what the general business life might be if we had better standards.
          “You seem inclined to surround yourself with beautiful things,” I remarked to a businessman as I stood in his charming office-studio and cast an appreciative glance at the exquisite pictures, odd pottery, oriental rugs, dull mahogany, and artistic lighting effects.
          “Well, I try to,” he said.  “Years ago, I came to the conclusion that I should probably spend the best part of my life in an office and I made up my mind that I would make my office a livable place.  If I am ever going to get any enjoyment out of the beautiful things of life, it will have to be when I am awake and that usually means while I am working right here in the office.”
          “Do you get much time to enjoy these treasures?” I asked as I examined in detail some rare bindings, Japanese prints, and cabinet pieces.
          “Not as much as I should like,” he said, “but enough to make it worthwhile.  And the mere fact of having them at hand gives me some pleasure and helps to keep my working standards up whether I have much time to look at them or not.”—Waldo Pondray Warren

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Instructions for Self-Dictation Practice:
    Copy and paste the above article into a word-processing document, using double or triple spacing and 12- or 14-pitch type.
    As always, be sure to check your shorthand dictionary for correct outlines before "drilling"!

Dictation Practice:
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