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Russian Cursive Writing Examples – Thinking Your Handwriting is Bad

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You May Be Surprised By the Russian Cursive Writing Examples In This Thread If You Thought Your Handwriting Was Hard To Read.

We dedicate this to the teachers in primary school who refused to admit that we would be typing soon, or that our unreadable handwriting was no big deal. Here is another proof that it can always be worse: Russian cursive.

We initially thought it was a fragment from the Voynich manuscript, aka unfurled hand-written notes that have never been unraveled, or someone trying to get a brand new ballpoint pen flowing after learning about Russian cursive.

Nonetheless, we realized that this is very serious after Twitter users shared their own examples of Russian handwriting. Let them know there are things like doctor’s notices in Russian if they ever mention your cursive. You’re fine, I promise.

It’s hard enough to write cursive already, but Russian cursive is even more challenging.

Yet Russians still rely heavily on handwriting. Russian language teacher Natasha Alexandrova claims that “learning cursive writing helps you understand how Russians do it.”

She explains: “Any Russian who went to school will gladly reminisce about the school years when they used Propisi and learned how to hand-write correctly (some have fond memories while others remember rewriting those letters a million times until they were perfect), but everyone had that experience.”

According to Russian culture, learning to write by hand is an important milestone in a child’s education and development.

In Russia, writing by hand is so prevalent that people write notes to family and friends. Along with recipes, check-ins, addresses, and shopping lists.

Russian cursive alphabet

The Russian Alphabet

There are 33 letters in the Russian alphabet, consisting of 10 vowels, 21 consonants, and 2 letters with no sound. You can either capitalize or lowercase each letter. You can also handwrite or print the letters.

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NOTE: Letter names in Russian do not always correspond to sounds. See Russian vowels and consonants for a list of sounds.

Russian Cursive Alphabet

Now let’s examine the handwritten Russian alphabet again. In this case, you should pay particular attention to the connections between the letters since it is different from print letters. The advantage of learning Russian cursive letters is that they are much faster to write than print letters.

Russian cursive handwriting practice sheet

Finding such resources abroad can be challenging. We have prepared a handy printable practice sheet you can use instead, whether you’re a foreigner learning Russian or an expat teaching your children.

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Why is Russian cursive so weird?

It looks like half of the letters, especially those that don’t appear in print, have been in use from previous versions of the language, as half of the alphabet looks the same.

Several letters in Russian cursive are different from the cursive used in the Serbian and Macedonian languages. Thus, Serbian/Macedonian cursive lowercase г looks the same as in Russian with additional macron, п is written like the cursive Latin u with macron (ū), and the letter т is written in the shape of ɯ̅.

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