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I have terrible handwriting, so if I write in cursive, I would be just as well served by hiring a chicken and finding some ink for it to run through before heading off across the paper, for all people can read it. So I try to not join my letters together - at least when I print, people have a chance of being able to make it out. But pretty much, unless it's a thank you note, sympathy card, etc., I try to type.
I myself use a modified version of Suetterlin, the old German method, when handwriting, as I really like the way it looks. Unfortunately it can be quite difficult for others to read my writing.

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You're right - I can't understand that at all.
Aha! So, this is the famous cursive writing!:)

Well, in Spain they also teach it:) Each letter has it's own history here for the ones who are learning how to write...Emotion: stick out tongue we had to write in cursive by that time but once that you have learnt how to do it, they let you write as you "wish":)
Pucca, cursive writing just means that the letters are joined together.

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Nona, thank you!:)..what I first thought of "cursive writing" was this Emotion: stick out tongue.(In Spanish that is called "cursiva" so, that's why I thought that!..is this called..hmm, a false friend?:) )

This is usually called "italics" in English.

Anyway, I am also curious to know if and how English learners with native tongues with very different alphabets or writing systems (i.e. Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, etc.) learn cursive. If it's taught, is it introduced after printed/block letters? Do non-native speakers find it more difficult than printed letters?

Lastly, this is an example of the English cursive alphabet.

Thank you YoungCalifornian!:)

Doesn't English have a "story" of each capital letter?:) I only remember that "L" was a goose..thank for these letters! It's brings lots of good memories!
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Hi YoungCalifornian,
so it seems cursive writing is tought in the US, isn't it? Do Americans usually write that way? Here in Italy we use cursive very much, it's quick. In school, essays are always written in cursive. Everyone has their own style, anyway. Emotion: smile
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