Become a Stenographer

A good general education with a sound knowledge of the English language, plus a thorough grounding in grammar and punctuation, are necessary to become a stenographer.  Added to that is the desire to work hard.  The term Palantypist and Stenographer are interchangeable.  All verbatim reporters are stenographers whichever system they use to take their notes.

The majority of new verbatim reporters whether taking notes privately in court, at meetings, disciplinary hearings, or Speech‑to‑Text Reporters for deaf or hard of hearing people, are now training on the American Stenograph machine, with distance learning courses available in the UK from Sorene Verbatim Reporter Training Services.  Contact Mary Sorene on 020 8907 8249 –

Self-study Theory & Review with Tutorials – a go-it-alone option for those who are self-motivated

You can purchase a realtime tutorial direct from the USA – Basic Theory book, computer CDs & audio CDs. (Remember to add 4.9% duty, then add 20% VAT!) + $80 (approx) shipping. (Please also check current exchange rates!)

There is currently no training programme available on the Palantype machine.  While the term “Palantypist” and “Stenographer” are interchangeable, the layout of keyboard of the two machines are quite different.