Russian cursive

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Russian cursive is the handwritten form of the modern Russian language, used instead of the block letters seen in printed material. In addition, Russian italics for the lowercase letters are often based on Russian cursive (such as lowercase Т, which looks like Latin m). Most handwritten Russian, especially personal letters and schoolwork, uses the cursive alphabet because it is much faster to write than block letters if learned correctly. In Russian schools, most children are taught by first grade how to write using this script.


A note in cursive by Peter I (transcription)

The cursive form first appeared late-Middle Ages, succeeding the current ustav or "block letter" writing.


Russian cursive is often more ambiguous than English cursive. Several letters look markedly different from their block counterparts and a few letters look similar to one another. To alleviate some of the ambiguity, a horizontal bar is sometimes written above the character if it is «т» or below if it is «ш». However, those fluent in Russian often omit the bar. Additionally, several letters are preceded by a small "hook" to help readers further distinguish between confusing letters. These letters are «л», «м», and «я». The "hook" is written regardless of where the letter occurs in a given word. Unlike English cursive, the Russian cursive system is not considered a "formal" style of writing.

Although it might seem complex at first, the Russian cursive system is easily learned by foreign language students with memorization and practice. Indeed, many introductory Russian language courses spend only a session or two teaching the cursive system. Mastery is gained naturally while further learning the language.


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