Monday, March 7, 2011


Here's a useful travel tip I've never encountered before in any guidebook: get to know the subtle differences between French cursive writing and your own. When in France it could help reading chalkboard menus, signs, a child's homework and who knows, maybe even romantic handwritten notes.

Above is an abécédaire model like the ones used in the écoles primaires. Remember, this is the base; movement, rhythm, intensity and space vary from one writer to another. Note the differences with the American style of forming p's, v's, w's and particularly the capital G's, J's, S's, T's and X's.

An important word about numbers. Many French people's handwritten "4" resembles most Americans' "6", which can make for a great deal of confusion in a number of circumstances!

This is a French "4" not a "6".
abécédaire: a small book to learn the ABC's
école primaire: primary school

©2011 P.B. Lecron


  1. Looks a lot like the "Nuevas Letras" we were made to learn in school! (I went to a Spanish school in Manila)

    Then I met one of my best friends, who moved from the states, and copied her sharp, slanted penmanship. Haha

  2. Heureux Celui Qui A Conformé Sa Vie à Ses Projets.
    Grace a l ecriture & la lecture plus d ignorance

  3. There's also the "seven" = 7 .
    I have problems to teach this to my young french kids. As they are learning to write a 7 in the french way, I don't know what to say, how to teach them. What do you think Patti ?

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  5. Do you recommend any books that show the strokes available in the US? Thank you.

  6. Why Can't you Let Me Copy and Paste It ?

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