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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.

    More "real" text from Pitman, the Shorterhand people who produced the book these paragraphs came from.

Shorterhand Skills for the Future, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1974, p 69-70, 74-75, and 81

Theory Practice

          If we feel that you can display our products in an outstanding way, we will be very happy to take space from you.  Our reputation in the field is such that we would not wish to be associated with a display that is not a model one.
          We are attaching a copy of our latest catalog so that you can see what items we offer.  You will note that we try to make it pleasant and easy for customers to order our products.

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          I believe that we shall follow your advice in the matter of the expiration of our contract with our employees by making an offer now of an increase in their wages.  However, I presume that when the contract talks finally begin, we shall be able to review the entire problem of the employee who is not doing his job in a competent manner.
          I would not like to duplicate the terms of the old contract which prevented us from doing too much about employees who were not doing their jobs properly.  I can understand the need of protection for those men whose work is only slightly below the standard.

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          We can recommend our agency also because each member of our staff will work to his fullest capacity to give you the best vacation you have ever had.

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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:
    Note that the material was counted and recorded for dictation at 100; all other speeds were copied from the 100 take and electronically adjusted and may therefore sound unusual.

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