https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aram645572

Are Greeks taught cursive handwriting in school?

Or do they just write in printed letters like the ones used on this website?

August 14, 2018

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/konosp

Nope. Not anymore anyway.

August 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xenon-

however certain people,if they care, try writing like this on their own, everyone writes as he wishes. girls of course are the majority who write cursively

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D_..
Mod

    That is true. Especially if someone takes up French and the teacher spends some time on cursive. But I expect that most people drop it in the long run or just keep some features they like. In my experience it's not very practical for fast writing nor is it highly valued any more in everyday life so there are not many incentives to write this way.

    August 16, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesLenor

    Was it ever taught in schools? Had to look up the term and I've already spent half of the official life expectancy for Greek males...

    August 16, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D_..
    Mod

      It is still taught in parts of the US apparently (source 1, source 2). It has not part of the curriculum in Greece in the last 40 years ("Στην Ελλάδα εδώ και σαράντα χρόνια δεν διδάσκεται στο σχολείο." source 3). I think in the end it is down to the teacher (like my French teacher) and whether they want to bring it up or not. I would be really surprised if it is not still compulsory in French schools.

      August 16, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aram645572

      Yeah it's not really taught in most public schools in the US anymore. I was just asking because I know in some languages like Russian when you write- you have to do it in cursive. People almost never write Russian (and most Slavic languages) in printed letters like they do in English.

      August 16, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D_..
      Mod

        in some languages like Russian when you write- you have to do it in cursive.

        Wow! I had no idea! Thanks for that bit of information. It's impressive how (even such) cultural norms differ from place to place!

        August 16, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharlesLenor

        Here is an answer in quora about the difference of cursive writing and calligraphy. https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-difference-in-calligraphy-and-cursive-writing That is what bothered me about the use of cursive when Aram645572 brought it up. I use it all the time when I'm in a hurry and no one but me is meant to read it, but I could never write καλλιγραφικά even if I tried.

        August 17, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/D_..
        Mod

          I don't think there is a different term to separate the art of calligraphy and cursive writing in Greek. It is obvious from the etymology of the word that cursive is not necessarily 'calligraphic'. ;)

          August 17, 2018

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stergi3

          Considered the art of calligraphy, no, it is a forgotten art. I remember the beautiful letters written by my grandma and I think she has been taught it at school. Not anymore. Being a left-handed that learned to be right-handed in writing, so never managed to write cursively, I have much respect this art. I am just typing now, nothing on a piece of paper, almost nothing. Well! Even though the typefaces are so many today in English there aren't many for Greek, so the options aren't too many and texts doesn't have any artistic valuee. Pity!

          August 16, 2018
          Learn Greek in just 5 minutes a day. For free.