Derek wrote:As flicky showed, in American cursive only the top left to bottom right line of x connects. You come back and cross the x later, like you would with a t.
The "crossing the t's" was the weirdest thing I heard in the US.
I can't write well with the mouse (the lower case i is totally messed up) but I think you get the idea:
Eebster the Great wrote:A lot of the recommendations made no sense; for instance, one guide for writing letters indicated that all four strokes for a printed M or W should be top down. That may have made sense for a fountain pen, but with a ballpoint it's ridiculous.
At least with the kind of fountain pens we used for school it makes no sense, either.
In Germany the school handwriting is split.
East Germany: Rounded, connected upper case letters, generally very little lifting of the fountain pen, no unconnected letters I can think of.
West Germany except Bavaria: Upper case letters look like print letters and are unconnected (or unconnected most of the time, not sure), some other disconnects for some lower case letters inside words happen, too.
Bavaria: "Latin" script, a more traditional more complicated handwriting with a lot of loops
East Germany: taught in grade 1. (There is no kindergarten class like in the US where kids already learn reading and writing.)
West Germany: apparently some states teach reading in cursive for the first two years and then start reading in print, and most states print the first two years when handwriting and only start using cursive to write in 3rd grade. Not sure if the first variant is still a thing, but there used to be kids' books printed in cursive for 1st and 2nd graders in libraries.
Bavaria: Not sure, I suspect taught in grade 1.