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Actually, I would never expect anyone to understand Sütterlin, independent of the situations you describe. There are exceptions, of course, and within the older age group, you may actually find people to read it easily. My grandparents learnt Sütterlin in school, while my parents did not. Me neither, of course. To answer your question, you should only use ...


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In German there is not a single "proper" way to write letters in handwriting. There are regional variations (see here for details). For schools in Germany there are federal regulations that define how pupils learn to write. Most widely used are the "Lateinische Ausgangsschrift" and the "Vereinfachte Ausgangsschrift". In these the letter 'ß' is written as ...


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We are probably talking about then handwriting as it is taught to children in school. Before 1970 When I was at school we were taught the "Lateinische Ausgangsschrift" where we had to make strokes on the letters as shown below: Source: Wikipedia This was mainly done from historic reasons. The school handwritings derived from Sütterlin, and the "Deutsche ...


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As OregonGhost wrote, Sütterlin is completely out-of use in germany, and i would expect people to be able to read Sütterlin only in special areas, for example archives or libraries (old library catalogues are partly written by hand using Sütterlin). Using Sütterlin in written exams nowadays would be a certain way to annoy the examiner severely...


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Es handelt sich um eine bereits im 18. Jahrhundert gebräuchliche Kurrentschrift. Im verlinkten Wikipedia-Artikel findet sich auch eine Alphabettafel, mit deren Hilfe man einzelne Buchstaben zuordnen kann. Von den ersten beiden Zeilen kann ich folgendes entziffern: So schön sang in der ... (Schäfer?) Welt der redliche ... (Liron?), als Luna durch die ...


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No way should you learn Sütterlin - nobody uses this anymore. I guess you don't even have to learn a "new handwriting" at all. If you try to handwrite "Arial", you'll be fine :-) (Which is requested on most official forms anyway, when they say to fill out in "Druckschrift" or "Druckbuchstaben - could also be "Blockbuchstaben" or "Blockschrift", then they ...


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This is how I would normally write them (I’m German): I'm not really consistent with the U, as you can see. Of course everyone has their own handwriting style, some use cursive, some don’t, but almost no one writes it the way you learn in school. People are flexible. I mainly uploaded this to contradict jmiserez’ claim that the 4 has to be closed. I ...


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As you already mentioned, there is a wide variation of styles in use. I wouldn't worry too much, most people are used to be rather flexible at reading them, as there are quite significant individual differences. For filling forms, you are usually requested to use Blockschrift (upper case letters only) or Druckschrift (upper and lower case letters, but ...


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I just write it like my greek beta 2-- | \ | ) | 3 | \ | ) | 4 1 There are some people writing it with an upstroke (quite similar to user unknowns proposal) like that: taken from WikiBooks German Other variants, which are no more/not yet teached in Germany, are from the Schulausgangsschrift (left) and the proposed Grundschrift (right)


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Wikipedia: The umlaut diacritic, consisting of two dots above the vowel [...] Here are the new and old notation of umlauted vowels: Also worth reading: Diaeresis (diacritic): [...] umlaut is a diacritic that consists of two dots ( ¨ ) placed over a letter [...] When it comes to handwriting: In modern handwriting, the umlaut sometimes ...


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A late answer, I just now found the question. Despite what the others said, we were actually told by several teachers at high school that Sütterlin is still strictly speaking accepted when handing in a test or homework (as in, the teacher has to accept it, and pretty much regardless of the subject). I’m not entirely sure if this is actually true but since ...


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Zusätzlich zu Takkats Antwort empfehle ich, Stück für Stück vorzugehen, und den bisher entzifferten Inhalt zu beachten. Schreib Dir das, was Du erkennen kannst, als Lückentext auf. Wenn Du in einem Satz ein oder zwei Wörter nicht lesen kannst, überlege, was grammatikalisch und thematisch passen könnte. Wenn Du ein Zeilenende entziffert hast, reimt sich das ...


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Germany is a big country (80mil people) Depending on when and where you learned writing it tends to be different. But yes I did learn cursive writing. And this was what it was supposed to look like: GDR Handwriting Just look at this article for some pictures on how "official" Handwriting is/was supposed to look in Germany. In the picture below you see ...


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Nobody uses cursive writing after leaving school, so learning to write cursive is not necessary. I my experience the Handwriting differs more, than you'd expect. My sons name is Ian and he often becomes Jan since the writing of I vs. J is not consistent. Some write a I with a hook like J and the J dipping below the line. This inconsistency seems to stem from ...


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Contrary to Portree Kid, I would say that everyone frequently uses cursive handwriting. Most of the adults have learnt it in school and its quicker than block-letter style. As a result, you don't need to know cursive handwriting to fill out forms and most of written communication can be done by computer anyway. However, in order to understand written notes ...


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I've never heard anyone claim that adding dots to form an umlaut is wrong. There are however various ways to mark an umlaut. Especially in handwriting those dots form little lines or even one contiguous horizontal line, because it's hard to place dots properly when your arm is in movement. You definitly won't raise any eyebrows when using dashes instead of ...


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Well, you should not care to much about. If you write Druckschrift, mostly all Germans will be able to read your notes. Those who are not do also have problems to read the notes of other Germans. Nonetheless knowing Schreibschrift is not the worst idea - but more for reading. Here you can download native German handwritings of all letters for excercises: ...


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You should not worry about numerals. Just make sure the top bar of the 7 is long and horizontal, so that it won't be confused with a 1, which in Germany has a short and diagonal stroke. But just using a single vertical stroke would be recognised as the digit as well. As for letters, what all the other answers said.



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