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hi guys

i like this topic and i'd like to add my experience here ,

as 4 me my native language is arabic and all my english writings are cursive , ,my handwriting isn't so nice and it gets worse with the cursive but still it is faster and easier for me

as for our school teaching ... well, nobody ever cared if u write in cursive or printing , it was never a problem for us
>> Funny, over here it is seen as very childish to print your writing <<

Interesting. On the other side of the pond, it is very unusual to see anyone using pure cursive. They usually don't completely print, though--most people use sort of a printing style, but join many letters together. Printing is not at all seen as childish however. Most people are unable to read another's cursive easily.
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Cursive is difficult, but in the end I think that it made a whole lot more difference because it looks nicer. If I try with print, I can get an effect like cursive, except not the same quality.
My experiences are very similar to those of YoungCalifornian. I was taught cursive in the third grade and required to use it throughout the remainder of elementary school. As soon as I left elementary school, and most teachers began not caring which style we used, I immediately reverted back to printing.

I'm still in school (a high school sophomore), and I can think of no one I know (my own age) who writes in cursive. Most people would be surprised at the young people in America who can't even read any cursive, let alone write in it. I can still use it, but it isn't very neat.

I much prefer printing, even though some older people see it as childish or "less intelligent-looking", as I've been told.
Nona The BritWould you believe that in my school we had to use fountain pens as well!
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Not very PC, Forbes. (But I'm ROFL anyway. Emotion: big smile )

Back to the topic, capital A and Z in cursive take longer to write, at least for me.
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Nona The BritWould you believe that in my school we had to use fountain pens as well!
Quite right too! Ball point pens are an abomination. They are like Conservative politicians:
Hello all,
quite ineresting subject. Never thought that there might be people not familliar with cursive! I used to write quite a lot at school. Only term papers could be printed. At the Uni, though, practically all assignments were supposed to be printed (and that's understandable). Although typed text looks neat and you don't have to wreck your eyes trying to undersand what someone had written, I still think that in some cases it's really more pleasant to see the cursive....say when you receive a letter from a friend!
I agree with Llunanen. Type may be easier to read, but in some cases, cursive is better.
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It sounds weid that your teacher push you to write in cursive handwriting. In Chinese, there is a kind of cursive handwriting. But the teachers never force the students to use the cursive one. Cursive Chinese is considered as a kind of art. You know, cursive handwriting is difficult to understand and to write. Then in China, especially at school, cursive handwriting have never be encouraged. Cursive Chinese just appear at the stage of art.
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