Learn English with the News – How You Write an X Determines your Personality

The research is in and it appears that the way you draw the letter X says quite a lot about your personality!

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Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic: How You Write an X Determines your Personality.

Here is the photo to understand your personality.


Adapted from this article.

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:


Writing an X | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.


Writing an X | Fill the gap

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.


Writing an X | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.

Full Text:

“MOST of us learn to write in the same way as kids – only to develop our own sense of style as time goes on. But did you know that our pen strokes are an insight into our personality? In particular, how you write an “X” says a lot lot about who you are, an expert claims. While the simple act of drawing two intersecting lines is one most don’t give a second thought to, it’s clear that not everyone draws the letter in the same way. The direction in which you draw the lines can reveal some pretty interesting personality traits or interesting facts about your mindset.Handwriting analyst Kathi McKnight has shed some light on what each style means – so what does your writing style say about you? The coloured line in the image is the first stroke, with the black line being the second.

1. Stuck in the past

Kathi says that if you write your X with two reverse strokes, and start from the lower right, it indicates that while you may have an urge to move forward, you are mentally stuck in the past.

2. Trying to escape your past

If you draw both lines moving forward, yet start in reverse — from bottom left, then the bottom right — you are a renegade. You have a strong desire to erase and escape your past and move forward, but it still has a grip on you…

3. What a rebel

The reversed strokes — starting top right —are the sign of a rebel without a cause. You don’t want to conform or fit in, but have zero reason for your determination to fight societal norms.

4. Focusing on the future

Only your second stroke is drawn the “normal” way — top right to bottom left — it implies that while you’re trying to focus on the future, a part of you is still tempted to go backwards, as if you’re driving while looking through the rearview mirror.

5. Live by your own rules

The first half of this X — drawn from top right to bottom left — is made “correctly,” but the 2nd — drawn from bottom left to top right — is written in reverse direction. According to Kathi, this is evidence that you live by your own rules.

6. Trendsetter

You start your stroke from bottom left, and out of order, you’re a trendsetter — and you own it.

7. Stick to the norm

Most people write their Xs like this, according to Kathi, as it is how schools teach us to write our letters, going from left to right. Sticking to this method as a grown up is an indication that you don’t tend to stray from the norm, and you value order and balance.

8. Thinking outside the box

Like most of these choices (besides 7), if you start from the top right, Kathi says it’s evidence that you prefer to think outside of the box.”


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