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How to improve hand writing?

Chetan Parekh
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How to improve my hand writing?


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R K Singh
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Practise makes man perfect.

But something like accent or hand writing are very difficult to change at older age(NOTE: its not impossible...)

Even M. Gandhi hand writing was poor and he wanted to have a class/period in each school for improving hand writings of the student.


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Jogi Poonawala
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Originally posted by Chetan Parekh:
How to improve my hand writing?


Use computer and printer ..
basha khan
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My handwriting was very good. Teachers appreciate always. But today accedentaly i had to write a little bit with a pen. It was a poor show by my fingers, How did it happen?.

Keyboard killed my handwriting. Always use Keyboard. Needs to reestablish the good old habit. The habit of love letters.
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Try printing and slow down.


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Chetan Parekh
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Hey I got nice sggestion from a friend.

Write everything in UPPER CASE and upper case writting always looks good and more readable.
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soumya ravindranath
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Originally posted by Chetan Parekh:
Hey I got nice sggestion from a friend.

Write everything in UPPER CASE and upper case writting always looks good and more readable.



Do you really think so ?
Writing regularly with a pen ( and slowly ) would be a good idea.
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YES, ABSOLUTELY. EVERYONE ALWAYS APPRECIATES IT IF YOU WRITE EVERYTHING IN UPPER CASE, DON'T YOU AGREE?


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Chetan Parekh
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I don�t bother about handwriting when I write on paper with pen, as I don�t show those to other. I always submit printed documents to others

I faced problems when I had to write on White Board or Black Board with Marker Pen during the presentation / seminar.

I have given 2-3 presentations during the last week and I found that people are not complaining, as I started writing in uppercase only.

After one presentation one of my boss asks, why I write in upper case only? I replied there that is logic behind it; if I write in uppercase it is visible for long distance compare to the conventional writing and since uppercase characters has more readability, people can grasps and copy uppercase text very fast. Even NASA is also using this way to save time. (..hahahaa ). My boss replied, �You gujju (people who belongs to Gujarat/India) people always think wearing Businessman Hat on the mind�. lol
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Dave Lenton
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Wednesday was the start of a new year of my Greek course, and the first time in months since I've last used a pen for anything other then scribbled meeting notes or writing a cheque. During the lesson I had to "cheat" several times and look at someone else's notes to get spellings... but for the English words not the Greek ones. I've got so much into the habit of using a spell checker that I am now getting worse at spelling my own language.

The handwriting was even more shocking. The Greek wasn't so bad - I had to concentrate on that, so it was reasonably legible... but the English translations, well sometimes I can't understand what I've written if I have to read it again afterwards.

I guess this goes to show that concentration plays a big part - if we get used to not needing to think about spelling and handwriting then standards slip.

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I've just hit F7 and found two spelling mistakes in what I wrote above :roll:


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R K Singh
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soon we would have type writing readers
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My drafting teacher in high school made a clear distinction between writing and drawing letters. Drawing letters is an interesting exercise. He made sheets with 1/8 tall lines and 1/16 inch space between them; we had to fill one sheet a week with anything we liked, drawing the letters neatly rather than writing. All caps. When I started in computers we wrote in little boxes on 80 column coding paper and key punch clerks transferred it to cards. I was really prepared for that!

Now I find if I slow down a bit and make my letters nice and round (mixed case) things are much more readable later.


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kayal cox
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In India, most of us are taught cursive writing, and I was under the impression that was the norm for any native English speaker.
But after coming to US, I find most people not using cursive at all, they just use disjointed letters (which I feel somehow does not look as pretty) Is it a British thing? or was it used only in the olden-golden days?
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by kayal cox:
But after coming to US, I find most people not using cursive at all, they just use disjointed letters (which I feel somehow does not look as pretty) Is it a British thing? or was it used only in the olden-golden days?


I suspect that the growing use of computers means that less people are writing stuff. Years ago people would write letters to each other, but now they send emails instead. We no longer have as much time dedicated to inforcing good handwriting habits.

If I look at things my grandparents wrote/write, their handwriting is beautiful. Its clear, nice looking and joined up. My handwriting, on the other hand, looks like something a three year old would be disappointed with.
Jayesh Lalwani
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Originally posted by kayal cox:
In India, most of us are taught cursive writing, and I was under the impression that was the norm for any native English speaker.
But after coming to US, I find most people not using cursive at all, they just use disjointed letters (which I feel somehow does not look as pretty) Is it a British thing? or was it used only in the olden-golden days?


Emphasis on cursive writing in India is stupid, stupid, stupid. Smart students with bad handwriting get penalised.

Block writing is more legible and neat. Cursive writive is more flowery and nice. I have very bad writing, and if try writing cursive, no one can understand what I have written. In school, uptil 5th standard, I used to fail a lot because I would try to write cursive, and I would spend too much time and complete only half of the test. Well, the teacher still wouldn't understand it and I would fail, inspite of the fact that all my answers were correct. SO, I switched to block, and I could finish my exams on time. The silly teachers would still deduct marks because my paper wasn't good-looking, but it was either have marks deducted for block writing, or get 0 marks for bad handwriting. I would always get great marks in maths/physics/chemistry because you don't have to write cursive to solve equations.

I have no experience of schools in US, but if I have a kid in school, I would prefer that the teachers emphasize legibility over good-looking. Maybe, if they have a class on writing love letters, or if they have some sort of calligraphy course, they can teach cursive writing, but for regular classes, they should let the student use the kind of writing that they are comfortable with.
kayal cox
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Originally posted by Jayesh Lalwani:


Emphasis on cursive writing in India is stupid, stupid, stupid. Smart students with bad handwriting get penalised.

Block writing is more legible and neat. Cursive writive is more flowery and nice. I have very bad writing, and if try writing cursive, no one can understand what I have written. In school, uptil 5th standard, I used to fail a lot because I would try to write cursive, and I would spend too much time and complete only half of the test. Well, the teacher still wouldn't understand it and I would fail, inspite of the fact that all my answers were correct. SO, I switched to block, and I could finish my exams on time. The silly teachers would still deduct marks because my paper wasn't good-looking, but it was either have marks deducted for block writing, or get 0 marks for bad handwriting. I would always get great marks in maths/physics/chemistry because you don't have to write cursive to solve equations.

I have no experience of schools in US, but if I have a kid in school, I would prefer that the teachers emphasize legibility over good-looking. Maybe, if they have a class on writing love letters, or if they have some sort of calligraphy course, they can teach cursive writing, but for regular classes, they should let the student use the kind of writing that they are comfortable with.


I am sorry that you had a bad experience at your school. At mine, cursive writing was just taught to us, but we were not penalized for bad handwriting, as long as the words could be understood. (No marks for students purposely messing up letters for ambiguity in tricky theorems.) And I actually find writing cursive, faster than disjointed letters.

And hey, cursive writing is way different from calligraphy, and plain cursive writing is not flowery at all

I am glad I was taught cursive, it does look nice when I handwrote personal notes in my marriage invites, thank you cards, greeting cards, and umpteen notes to my husband, whose cursive handwriting actually looks way better than mine
Maulin Vasavada
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Originally posted by Chetan Parekh:
How to improve my hand writing?

Are you kidding me???
Of course the answer is "by hand".

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Maulin
Chetan Parekh
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You seems to be shifted to JavaRanch from Sun Forums.
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