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Handwriting/cursive and language

An earlier post in this community reminded me of how handwriting/cursive differs between countries and regions. I think this is an incredibly interesting topic, but I haven't found much info or written examples of this elsewhere on the internet.

What differences do you see between styles of cursive? For instance, a typically American cursive is loopy with characteristic capital i's and g's (often seen in Postsecret), many eastern-Europeans have handwriting that looks influenced by Cyrillic (or vice versa), native speakers of Hebrew tend to have a "rounder" writing, Germans cross the bar of the capital z, French people sometimes leave the loops of their b's and p's open, a Dutch woman I knew wrote numbers in a very characteristic way, and so forth.

Feel free to give visual examples too!



I was taught cursive in school, and mostly stuck to it. I used to copy old handwriting when I was little, from old letters and books (and facsimiles of Anne Frank's diary). Some people have said my handwriting looks French, but I think French writing is more vertical, generally. Apparently I write numbers the same way as they do in Russia (I also saw he same way of writing numbers in Hungary). In Britain I experienced that people didn't understand this kind of cursive, which brings me to the question; what scripts are taught in British schools? What scripts did you learn in school?

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