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Learning Russian handwriting

You first start by learning Cyrillic. You spend a few hours trying to master those print letters almost all of them with the same height and width(*). Then the time to write you first words arrives. Should you write using block print characters? The answer is no. You need to learn:

The Russian cursive

You may have had some initial contact via the print italic letters. That is the ones that make Санкт-Петербург mutate into Санкт-Петербург. Yeah, why does the т suddenly look like an m and the г like a backwards s? You can read the wikipedia article to know more about the history of the Russian Cursive, but it is surprising that the cursive Cyrillic letters are clearly modelled after the Latin ones (albeit not the equivalent ones).


It is curious to note that the letters “авдезиопрстухч” in Russian cursive coincide are авдезиопрстухч. Note how they look very similar to the with the Latin letters abɡezuonpcmyxr.

The best way to learn the Russian cursive is with practice. It’s recommended to used lined paper or to buy a kids’ workbook that first trains the individual letters and then moves to words and sentences.

Personally, learning the Russian handwriting helped me improve my own handwriting in Latin script in my native language. It was an interesting journey of re-discovering each letter and the bindings between them. It is nowadays fine to write using print-style letters, but you should at least know the classic cursive since virtually everyone over 40 years old uses the cursive Cyrillic described above, and you’lll probably end up having to read their handwriting!

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