https://www.duolingo.com/leniwacisza

æ in handwriting

So I googled how to write it and I got e.g. this video https://youtu.be/UCd_1pwLg7s . The problem is that's what my regular a's look like. So if I were to write æ as just an a with a large loop (even if I left it open at the top like here https://youtu.be/mlYoc0IvbvM) 99% of the time I would read it as an a after a couple of days. There's also the first "old-fashioned" one that in practice for me would look like an x (the kind mathematicians love to use that almost looks like a Coco Chanel logo) written without taking my hand off the paper.

So what I'm asking is whether I should do the loopy x or should I just write ae since changing how I write a is not an option. Which would be easier for a Norwegian person to read and understand? (and maybe annoy them less?)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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Since your a's are ambiguous to a Norwegian, what you need to do is make your æ's more obvious. I'd recommend something like this:

As long as your æ's are distinct from your a's, you should be fine keeping your a's as they are. People are used to puzzling out all sorts of handwriting. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/leniwacisza

Thanks! At first I thought it looked a lot like œ but then I realised it doesn't exist in Norwegian so that's not a problem. Thank you all so much!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mandiras
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Those æ's in the second video look quite ugly to my eyes. I would probably struggle to read them without help from the context.

I can't advise you what to do, but the way I learned to write æ in school is similar to the second one, but without the opening, so it looks like the French letter œ. Edit: Similar to the picture in Deliciae's post.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ingebj
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To my eyes it looks wrong to have a big open gap in the æ, so I would suggest writing something similar to what Deliciae has shown..

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
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It your handwriting. You may do whatever you like. Most Norwegian were tought the one in the first video though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/whukriede
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In my opinion you should write a clover (in one stroke, ie without lifting the pen from the paper).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adnileb1
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You could also write an 'a' with a stroke (like this: ~) over it, which is how some older people write 'æ'.

2 years ago
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