Learn Plover! is a textbook by Zack Brown, based on his steno tutoring sessions with Mirabai Knight. It offers a step-by-step introduction to Plover for beginners, with practice material at the end of every chapter. Volume one has been released, and volume two will be available in the near future.
QwertySteno is a comprehensive interactive steno tutorial and drilling tool created by Mike Neale, intended for Plover users who are starting from scratch. It offers drills, games, and customizable practice material with personalized stats. All sections work with an n-key rollover keyboard alone. Many also work with Plover running, using either an n-key rollover keyboard or a steno machine.
Plover Dojo is a qwerty-based training and drilling site for beginners to Plover, created by Jay Liu and JR. It provides customizable lists of words corresponding to user-selected areas of the steno keyboard, and keeps track of progress made by users.
Stenomatic 9000 is a qwerty-based training and drilling site, similar to qwertysteno, created by Edward Z. Yang.
For a method to get the Stenomatic 9000 running locally see the file run_local.txt in this repository.
Steno Learner is a browser-based clone of Plover that offers suggestions for improving your stenographic skills.
This is a drilling program to teach steno fundamentals using the qwerty-to-steno layout. It was written by Pragma Nolint and is currently only available for Ubuntu.
For more information about Fly, read the Plover Blog post about it.
This is an interactive web-based steno drilling program by Kitlei Róbert. More information here
This is a cross-platform alternative to Fly developed by Emanuele Caruso.
An Anki flash card deck has been created to help review the the 3000 most common English words as a flash card deck. Going through these basic flash cards is one way to become familiar with which strokes correspond to which sounds or letters, and to briefs in general. Eventually, this can help learners memorize the most basic and common English words.
The deck is entirely based off the Dictionary included in Plover 2.1.1. It is divided up into levels from 1 to 15, starting at the most common words. On each card, on the front is the common word. Anki gives you a field where you can use Plover to type in the word that you see. Press Enter (or in steno, R-R) and Anki will show you all the briefs that produce the word, starting from the most abbreviated. From there, you can report back to Anki how difficult it was to recall the brief. Anki will schedule the next time that word is shown to you, accordingly.
The deck also includes briefs for phrases (where each word in the phrase is one of the most common 3000 words).
The Steno Anki deck can be downloaded here
A set of Practice Sentences with Common English Words is available. Also, a set of Practice sentences with 2-key words is available for people who want to test Plover, but do not have a mechanical keyboard.
Regular books are another way to practice. Children's books are familiar and often use extensive repetition to reinforce words. Novels tend to use everyday vocabulary and offer opportunities to practice briefs for common phrases and fingerspell names and locations. Texts can be a great way to practice higher level vocabulary words, jargon, and practice using meta commands to create compound words.
Two children's videos to practice with which feature repetition and simpler words:
Three Billy Goats Gruff. Baby English songs and video. Nursery Rhymes | English Rhymes | Video songs - YouTube - A bit simpler than the Aladdin one.
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. Arabian Nights. Baby English songs. Nursery Rhymes. English Rhymes - YouTube - A bit harder than Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Note that in YouTube it is possible to click on the gear icon and to change the speed to 0.5 such that the audio still plays; however, at 0.25 there is no audio.
Note that one could also use the VLC media player to view YouTube videos, and gain finer control of the speed. See Tools->Preferences->Hotkeys for a listing of hotkeys (+ speed up, - slow down, [ finer slow down, ] finer speed up), View->Status Bar provides a status bar, and one can go to Media->Open Network Stream to open a YouTube video.
This was a lesson manual published in 1915, written by Bailey Tyler Bryan, and is freely available at archive.org. It contains many finger and word exercises, suggestions for practice, and an introduction to stenography in general. Of course, realtime transcription wasn't invented until the 1970s, so it doesn't include long vowels or conflict resolution (where a single steno outline corresponds to more than one English word or phrase). But even so, the example sentences alone are worth the time to dig through , and learners will probably get a lot out of it, as long as they're not afraid to change whatever doesn't work for them.
Since it was written before realtime, it relies too heavily on syllabic briefs, which can cause word boundary errors. Also, the steno machine they use doesn't appear to have a number bar, so they use the asterisk for numbers. One more thing is that the briefs do not match up with the dictionary included in Plover. So don't actually try to memorize the briefs or do the typing exercises. Read the principles for some basic understanding of how a steno system works. It will be good to have a version of the book with pseudosteno that matches with the plover dictionary, but until some proactive users create a "translation", do not do the exercises unless you want to experience some frustration ;-).