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Hi everybody! Yana here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher where I’ll answer some of your most common Hebrew questions.
The question for this lesson is…
What is the difference between handwritten and printed Hebrew?
You may be familiar with printed Hebrew from books, magazines, or newspapers.
But if you've ever gotten a handwritten note from your Hebrew-speaking friend, colleague, or loved one, you may have thought their Hebrew looked really different!
This is because, just as English has handwritten and cursive letters that differ from their print forms, Hebrew has its own separate systems for writing by hand and for printing.
The print version is sometimes called Assyrian script, square script, or block print. These letters have a kind of square, angular shape with sharp edges.
For example
היום למדתי משהו חדש
Handwritten script is much curvier, and flows more easily when written with a pen or a pencil on a piece of paper.
For example
Please note, though, that handwritten Hebrew letters do not join the way cursive does in English.
Check out our writing series, the Hebrew Alphabet Made Easy, for more information. There, I teach you how to create both block and handwritten versions of each and every letter!
How was it? Pretty interesting right?
Do you have any more questions? Leave them in the comments below and I’ll try to answer them!