Learn how to write in legible handwriting in French

In France, children start writing French in legible handwriting in grade 1, called CP (Cours Préparatoire) in France. The script is for reading only. 

Script and cursive fonts differ in the way they are written. Script is a type of lettering that is written with a pen in one continuous stroke. Cursive, on the other hand, is characterized by its flowing lines and connected letters. The main advantage of cursive writing is its much higher writing speed, as the movement involves far fewer lifts of the pencil with linked letters.

Four or five generations ago, writing was a slow, laborious art. At the end of the 19th century, with the widespread education revolution and the multiple uses of writing in industrial societies, it became important to improve writing speed. It was at this point that writing systems were developed to accelerate writing speed without sacrificing legibility.

To practice French legible handwriting, as taught in French schools, print out the traditional Seyes paper that we all use here in France.

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