Develop your own shorthand! It’s easy, fun, and looks cool. This originally started as a note-taking method, as I am not particularly fast at writing manually - aided and abetted by the inevitable result of my getting bored in meetings or lectures. Please keep in mind, while a fun endeavour, this is probably not a particularly safe encryption method.

I have achieved an idiosyncratic shorthand by mixing my knowledge of a few languages, mainly English, German and Esperanto. I use Esperanto’s standardised suffixes and tense modifiers etc, and have further developed a few very loose rules to write the language with. When writing, I use the shortest word I know from the languages I do as a root (or another, if I prefer it), along with some made up or esoteric words I used as substitutions for common words (with some unnecessary words omitted).

devu via mem shorthand; es facila, fun + bonsonas; ne versajne boncryptway.

mi achievis tiu mixis informo de kelklingvoj: prima anglo germano + esperanto; uzas y standarsufixj + tensmodifj .. developis kelkruloj de skribi y lingvo mit; kiam skribus, uzis y malongvort konas vom milingvkono as y root, auch mit kelkfarvortj au esotericvortj miuzis as substitutj por comonvortj (mit kelknenecesvortj omitis).


  • the -> y
  • to be -> es (this isn’t E Prime)
  • and -> +
  • etc -> ..
  • Omit esperanto accusative suffix -n, generally tend towards english accusative syntax (this isn’t necessarily a good choice but it’s less characters), though prefer eo syntax for stuff like adverb->verb adjective->noun order etc (pretty similar to English anyway).
  • Omit subject when obvious, possibly also prepositions if clear
  • Only pluralise nouns and prepositions, with j. Replace last letter with j if clear, otherwise add to end.
  • Knock out any repeated letters, unless unclear -> knocku iuj leteroj
  • Remove all diacritics, anglicise and delete modifier. cxo -> co
  • Always clarify verbs, e.g. mix -> mixu below. Use standard esperanto affixes. This page is your friend - you can save a lot of words by learning and applying these affixes to the roots you know (additionally, chaining nouns (mentioned later) in conjunction with these can allow you to quite succinctly express complicated notions).
  • Clarify using -a and -o affixes to distinguish obfuscated adjectives and nouns, unless particularly technical or unclear root. similar to pluralisation, can knock the last letter or two off if clear, rather generally only do this if it’ll make the word shorter, e.g. users just becomes userj, without -o, since usoj is unclear (though may be acceptable within the right context) and useroj is too long
  • If it is a particularly technical or unusual word, may be better just to use the english.
  • English words with affix “iou\w” e.g behaviour, recommendation can have their suffixes cut off e.g. behavo, recomendo. similar patterns for similar english affixes.
  • Like esperanto, don’t bother with ‘a’ - everything is automatically assumed to be ‘a’ unless you specify otherwise.
  • Don’t bother with capitals, outside of proper nouns where not capitalising would be unclear.
  • Add references to lyrics of songs you like, wherever possible. This also helps you remember the material.
  • Can create nice blends of ‘expressions’ or simple phrases, especially when it’s a bit idiomatic e.g. jeden tag -> jetag
  • Eliminate unnecessary verbs, e.g. i have achieved -> mi achievis.
  • No syntax change for tense, just use esperanto verb suffix.
  • Prefer semicolon to having to refer to the object again. Chain these.
  • Merge adverbs into the verb like this: bone sonas -> bonsonas. these can be chained, but as always only if clear. rarely do this with ‘ne’ or prepositions, because it is rarely clear.
  • Merge adjectives into the noun. These can also be chained.
  • German noun merge rules.
  • Note that the shorthand can also function as entertainment during long meetings. You can achieve this in many ways, but for example: use a slightly longer word if it is more entertaining and fun to say. e.g. why -> WARUM.
  • Break any of the rules as long as you can read it back later.