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Though European Cursive styles of handwriting have some unique letter formations, the majority of the letters can be easily recognized by their similarity to North American cursive styles.
Firstly, the Simple Alphabet displayed on page 1-2 is an efficient and legible style to use for note taking and letter writing. Elementary school children in Austria learn this simple, cursive style in Gr. 1 and a year later they begin manuscript printing. An even hand pressure is acceptable for the Simple Alphabet. Following the suggestions on pages 1-15 should be a good introduction to this style.
Secondly, the Traditional Alphabet which is displayed on pages 16-17 is from France before the 1950’s. This alphabet was taught with pressure variations which you can see in the size of the dots that form the first letters. Small dots mean use light hand pressure on your pen while larger dots mean use heavier hand pressure. Light pressure is usually done on the side and up stroke and the heavier hand pressure is on the down stroke. This Traditional European Alphabet is a beautiful style for verses of cards and poems, and for personalized letters or documents. Following the course from pages 16-31 should give you an understanding of this unique style. One can view the demos of how to do the letters in the Video Tutorials of this style accessible on the menu bar of our home page.