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After A Month, I'm Finally Ambidextrous...


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I'm a lefty, but I been practicing writing with my right hand for 30 mins a day and been doing it for a month (plus minus), and I think I'm finally ambidextrous..

 

O.k, my right hand still not as great as my left hand, and holding a pen still give me a weird feelings, but I think it's pretty good, all I need to do now is start using my right hand for daily writing and it'll improve over time..

 

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And now I'll start learning cursive... actual cursive, not the pseudo cursive that kinda invented myself during high school because I need fast writing for note taking... (look above)

 

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Good job! That's inspiring. :) Please let us know how the cursive logic, and continued efforts go - I'm a righty who's considered off-and-on trying to train my left hand (which is utterly inept).

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Good job! That's inspiring. :) Please let us know how the cursive logic, and continued efforts go - I'm a righty who's considered off-and-on trying to train my left hand (which is utterly inept).

 

well good luck, I suggest plays some video game, if you arent a gamer cause I think it help alot with my hand-eye coordination.. plus you are trying to be a lefty which I think is way harder since the writing system arent design for left handed... it's even worse if you are trying to use a fountain pen.. cause fountain pen is pretty unforgiving when come to hand position... wrong angle and it wont right no matter how much you try..

 

However, just get yourself a Lamy safari \ vista \ al star and you'll good to go.. the unique grip section is a great learning tool on how to hold your pen properly.. I use a Lamy Vista for 2 weeks before I could start using my daily writer reliably..

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Congratulations.

You can now look at German '50-60's semi-flex, and the semi-flex obliques of that era. They are the only obliques I recommend, in like the semi-flex are stubs also.

 

Certain left handers have problems with them, in as a righty it's pull and some styles of left handers is push.....which is a disadvantage with semi-flex and semi-flex obliques.

Only German obliques of that era give the great line variation.

 

Modern...any oblique that is not of that era, is for folks that cant their nib, due to left eye dominance or being left handed. Sadly those obliques have too little line variation to worry about.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

RIP...200's once great nib, now a double ball.:crybaby::wallbash:

 

The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.

 

 

 

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Well done!

Reminds me of when my twins (both lefties) were young. They would start writing with their left hand until about half way across the page then they'd move the pen into their right hand.

 

I used yo love watching this.
(School knocked it out of them :( )

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That's cool. I'm a righty, but would like to see if I can make my left work too. I'm impressed at how much control you have achieved in such a short time. I'm going to try it too. Thankyou for the inspiration.

It's all about the greys...

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Wow, that looks nice!

 

Some years ago I practiced writing with my left hand, but I never got any good at it. After 30 days I saw no improvement, no matter how much I practiced :angry:. I kept going for a long time, but eventually just gave up.

 

I'm still angry at my left hand (and my brain, of course :D)

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well good luck, I suggest plays some video game, if you arent a gamer cause I think it help alot with my hand-eye coordination.. plus you are trying to be a lefty which I think is way harder since the writing system arent design for left handed... it's even worse if you are trying to use a fountain pen.. cause fountain pen is pretty unforgiving when come to hand position... wrong angle and it wont right no matter how much you try..

 

However, just get yourself a Lamy safari \ vista \ al star and you'll good to go.. the unique grip section is a great learning tool on how to hold your pen properly.. I use a Lamy Vista for 2 weeks before I could start using my daily writer reliably..

 

Thanks - hadn't thought about specifically using my Al-Star, but that's a good idea. :) I've tried various things on and off (which is probably my problem), like brushing my teeth left-handed, and usually give up because I'm in a hurry, or get frustrated. My left hand steers the car and types, but refuses to do pretty much anything else...

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Well done!

 

Reminds me of when my twins (both lefties) were young. They would start writing with their left hand until about half way across the page then they'd move the pen into their right hand.

 

I used yo love watching this.

(School knocked it out of them :( )

 

My husband said he used to do this (he only really stopped being ambidextrous after he broke his wrist in the third grade). Apparently one of the ways they used to test for "handed"-ness is to see with which hand the crayon gets picked up. And he'd just switch hands when one hand got tired. Which he said drove the teachers bonkers. He's also dyslexic, and I've wondered if there was some correlation of those two things which makes him really bad at missing visual clues such as which direction the descender on a letter pointed.

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I can't write with my left hand EXCEPT mirror writing right to left. Try it?

Cheers,

 

“It’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness

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That's fantastic! I've toyed with the idea of developing my opposite hand, and becoming more fluent at writing backwards many times before but have never truly committed. Your results are inspiring. About a month you say?

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A month is FAST.

It took me THREE months to learn to write with my arm. RH just arm writing vs. finger writing.

 

You can indeed train yourself to use the left hand, but be prepared to spend a lot of time.

  • I learned to use an adding machine LH, and it took about 3 months.
  • I also use my trackball LH. In this case it was to reduce the muscle load on my right arm.
    • The left-hand trackball confused the heck out of the IT guys who sometimes came to do work on my computer :lol:
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This is a bit of a necropost but I am attempting to do the same thing (Learn how to write righty).

Mostly, I want to improve my penmanship from the ground up, and start from "square zero," as it were. I'm a side/lefty writer, and while trying to convert to underwriting (for some time) could not find a good ergonomic position which did not result in shoulder stress. . . trying to go righty seems to remove some of that. weird, but there it is!

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Inspiring. As a lefty overwriter, I think I'm going to give this a go. I play all sports as a lefty, (except for some strange reason I throw a Frisbee righty) but play my musical instruments as a righty. Have often thought about trying it.

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I'm right handed and for some reason could always write with my left hand on a chalk board, but not on paper.

Im left handed and at school I would unknowingly write with my right hand on the chalk board (less messy!)

 

After calvin_os inspiration, Im planning to give my right hand some writing practice.

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