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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.

    Still more easy vocabulary and pieces that are too short for testing at any speed of 100 or over.

Shorterhand Skills for the Future, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1974, p 155, 160, and 165

Theory Practice
            We appreciate your efforts to make our annual sale as successful as possible.  However, because of the comparatively small burden that this sale places on the members of our staff, we feel sure that we can finish our preparations on time.
            You also mentioned that you are planning to cancel your annual sale because of a lack of some essential goods.  We are exceedingly anxious to help you in any way possible.  We can definitely guarantee to supply many of the items that you are evidently missing and, we believe, we can get many of the other items from members of our association.

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            I am somewhat surprised and annoyed at the manner in which the machinery that we recently bought from you has been performing.  To illustrate my point, I might mention the specific problem of poor economy in operating the machines.  Although the loss of economy in the machines is not great now, I am worried about the future after there has been a good deal of wear and tear on the machinery.
            I would, therefore, like to have someone from your organization come down and look over the machines as soon as possible.

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            We would suggest that you do not hesitate to give up the idea of building a hotel in the location that you have selected.  The principal reason for this is that there are too many hospitals in the neighborhood which would eventually tend to discourage people from coming to the hotel.  I would suggest that you drop your plans, even though it hurts to admit that an idea that you have thought about for a long time is not a practical one.    
            I have an assortment of properties that I think would be far more suitable for your hotel.

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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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