Handywrite dictionary project

Handywrite looks like an excellent way of writing notes and recording information, but learning resources are somewhat limited.

This project aims to produce the definitive dictionary, to get started we need help, in the form of really good examples of handywrite that have been written by experienced users.

You can help by sending scans of pages written in handywrite, with the longhand version or a typed version, together with your permission to use the material. We'll scan the words and images and make them available from a database so that new users of handywrite can see how their writing should look.

Please send your material to alan (at) alanchard (dot) com

Everyone who contributes will be acknowledged. Thank you Eric Lee for devising this amazing writing system and making it freely available to all of us.

Help to spread Handywrite and make it easily accessible to more people.

Learning Handywrite

If you take notes in college or university wouldn't it be great if you could write as fast as the speaker - well now you can, with Handywrite. Don't be put off by the symbols, after all you are probably familiar with & already and know it is 'and', so why not add a few more symbols and extend that knowledge. Handywrite works by recording sounds, there are thousands of words, but each of them is made up from a very limited number of sounds. Learn how to write those sounds and you have cracked it.

Handywrite has symbols for consonant and vowel sounds, you write them just how the word sounds. To show how easy it can be here are the top ten English words.

You probably spent years learning how to write longhand, and it's unlikely that you are going to give that up, so start with a few of the most common words in your language, here are the most common 10 words in the English language and their Handywrite equivalents. Start with these and make sure you make the shapes correctly, that way you will get an immediate success and then build on it.

Word Handywrite equivalent
the handywrite the
be be
to to handywrite
of of handywrite
and handywrite and
a (pronounced 'ay') handywrite a
in handywrite in
that that
have have
I i

Note the relative sizes of the symbols, also the word 'and' uses the alternative form of the 'd' sound as in dog.

More tips and a longer tutorial will be added in the near future.