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Cursive D: Learn to Write the Cursive Letter D

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How to Write the Cursive Letter D

A cursive capital D is going to be the harder one of the two letters, as you can see in the diagram (above). The lowercase letter d is similar to the lowercase handwritten letter d, but you add a small tail to the stem of the letter. The lowercase d connects well with letters such as a, e, and i, in words like:

  • daylight
  • desk
  • dictionary

Capital Cursive D is one of many special cases in the cursive alphabet. When using the capital D you won’t make a connection between the letters. For example, when writing “Dixie’s Diner”, you would make the capital D and directly next to the letter start the rest of the word making the connections between lowercase letters.

Example: Dixie’s Diner

After you become comfortable with writing d in cursive, practice writing lowercase “da”, “de”, and “di”. These are called “connectors” as mentioned previously and will help you understand how cursive works to form words.

Bonus Tip: Try writing words with lesser-used letters, like in our example using a cursive x.

Writing an Uppercase D in Cursive

As you see in the diagram (above), begin the capital D in the top of the line you’re writing on. Then, move your pen or pencil immediately down to the bottom line. Once at the bottom line, make a small loop around the outer left and bring your stroke out and back up to the top line, leaving a small tail off the starting point.

Please watch our short tutorial video showing exactly how to write both upper and lowercase.

Writing a Lowercase d in Cursive

Begin your stroke on the dotted line, like the lowercase handwritten letter d, make a small loop and bring your stroke up to the top line. Once you’ve made the stem, bring your pen or pencil back down to the bottom line and come outward slightly right, adding a tail with your ending stroke.

Next Tutorial: Cursive E

Cursive Letter D Worksheet

— Free Worksheet to practice the letter d in both uppercase and lowercase. Click on the image to download the pdf.

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