How To Write A Cursive h

How to write a cursive “h”? Cursive penmanship is an art form and, as such, it requires a lot of practice.

Mastering a single letter or the whole alphabet will not happen overnight but there are a few steps that you can take in order to make your practice all the more efficient. In this article, we will show you how you can make a cursive h (both lowercase and capital case) and, more generally, how to improve your cursive penmanship.

In fact, we will begin with how you could improve your cursive writing. Even if you are a total beginner when it comes to cursive writing, there are steps you can take in order to master cursive writer in a shorter span of time.

Get Ready For Mastering Cursive Writing!

Before you even attempt writing cursive, you need to make sure that you meet the right conditions.

The first thing that you need to ensure is that you have a chair and a desk. If you want to improve your penmanship, you need to make sure that you sit on a chair at a desk. Make sure that you are comfortable chair and that your desk is just a few inches above your legs (thighs). Sit with your back straight on the chair and that both your feet are flat on the floor. Your shoulders should be relaxed.

I’m realy interested in making a mark on a paper and letting that be cursive shorthand for an idea – that’s the origin of cartooning. – Craig Thompson

If you find yourself straining to write or crouching over, even if it is ever so slightly, you should take that as a sign that you are either not sitting correctly or that your desk (or your chair) do not have the right height.

But the physical position is only part of it. Another key element of good penmanship, you need to have the right tool. Your tool should be a good pen. An ink pen with a felt tip is the ideal pen for good cursive writing. But a solid alternative could be a gel pen. Whatever pen you do choose, you should make sure that you sue dark ink (either blue or black).

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Some people prefer to practice their cursive writing with a pencil and that is probably a good idea if you are a beginner and would like to save on paper. Using a pencil would allow you to erase any letters you are not happy with a start over on the same piece of paper or practice sheet. If you are going to use a pencil, make sure that you use a B pencil that has a triangular barrel.

Almost as key as a good pen or pencil, you will need to make sure that you get a good piece of paper. And by good paper, we mean lined paper with bottom and top lines, and a dotted line right between them. This is important because you need to make all your letters roughly the same size. You should be able to find this kind of paper easily online or in most stores selling school supplies or stationary.

If you are confident that you will manage to make words the same size without any guidance, you may use plain paper, instead. But, usually, beginners find lined paper a lot better to practice on.

How to Write on Paper

Once you are sitting up in the correct position and you have already ensured that you have the right pen (or pencil) and the right paper, you are all set to go. Well, almost…

But, do not worry, you already have all you need. You just need to be sure that you use everything correctly. It is a lot easier than it sounds.

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The main thing about paper is that you place it at an angle. Way too many people make the mistake of placing paper straight on the desk in front of them. The piece of paper should always be at an angle, although the precise angle will depend on whether you are right or left handed.

For right-handed people, both the top right and the bottom left corners of the piece of paper should line up with your nose. And you should use your left arm to hold the paper while you write on it. For left-handed people, however, it is the top left and the bottom right corners that should line with your nose always, while you should use your right arm to hold down the piece of paper as your right.

Angling the paper will make writing cursive letters not only more effective but also a lot easier. You could waste a lot of precious time if you do not write on angled paper. Remember that cursive letters should all be slanted to the right (and also up) but about 35 degrees. This is a lot easier to achieve if you write on angled paper.

Once you begin to write, use your spare hand (i.e., your left hand if you are right-handed or your right hand if you are left-handed) to move the paper up and you work your way down with your writing, while always keeping the paper slanted at the right angle.

The Letter H

Now that you know the technique it is time to start practicing with actual letters. Total beginners should use a letter guide. You could easily download one for free online.

Always begin with lowercase letters. The lowercase h begins with an upward stroke that should loop rightward just before reaching the upper line and then drawing an n letter. The great news is that you should be able to learn the lowercase letters m and n.

Uppercase H is even easier as it can be done with just one stroke. Just go upward from the bottom line to the top and then down to the dotted line, across and up and down again.

You should practice these and other letters in the alphabet daily for about 20 minutes and you would soon master cursive writing.

Juan Ramos

When people ask me why I write, I tell them that I do it so I can learn. The main reason I became a writer is my insatiable curiosity. My favorite part of writing is researching and learning about new topics.

I hold a BA in English Studies from the University of La Laguna and an MA in English literature from the Open University.

Cite this article as:
Juan Ramos. How To Write A Cursive h, Science Trends, 2018.
DOI: 10.31988/SciTrends.25677
*Note, DOIs are registered Friday weekly and therefore may not work until then.

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