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In English, we describe writing as either cursive/longhand (joined letters) or printed (block letters). What Spanish words are there to describe these concepts? And how common is the use of cursive in Spanish-speaking countries compared to English-speaking ones?

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These are called:

Cursive = Cursiva o Manuscrita
Printed = Molde o De Imprenta

As far as how much is cursive is used I can tell you that where I come from (Mexico), I write in cursive and most people are surprised to see my handwriting, so I guess not too common.

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Just a small addition... In Spain I'd say that we wouldn't understand "Manuscrita" as "Cursive". For us, "Manuscrita" is "hand-written" (without specifying any kind of style). Besides that, the usage is the same as Sergio said. (Cursive = Cursiva, Printed = Molde o De Imprenta) –  BorrajaX Jul 20 '12 at 17:09
    
@BorrajaX: Good to know. Thanks! –  Sergio Romero Jul 20 '12 at 17:36
    
I would use "letra ligada" for cursive, but maybe is regional? –  Laura Jul 20 '12 at 23:07
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Itálica o bastardilla are also used for cursive. –  Gonzalo Medina Jul 21 '12 at 22:50

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