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I have this comic book in Russian that uses characters I don't know from my Russian learning materials.

Please see my image. There are:

  • small m
  • и with line on top
  • g
  • mirrored s

Which 'standard' characters do they represent?

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    Out of curiousity, how did you never encounter й? – Infiltrator Jun 25 '18 at 5:51
  • Here is a related/duplicate question with an extensive answer: russian.stackexchange.com/a/13538/4903 – Vitaly Jun 25 '18 at 13:29
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    @Infiltrator i believe he did encounter й but haven't encountered specifically its cursive glyph й – Баян Купи-ка Jun 25 '18 at 16:00
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    @БаянКупи-ка, да и может быть. But he did correctly identify it as "и with line on top", so I am just curious why he did not equate that with й if he had encountered it already. – Infiltrator Jun 25 '18 at 22:48
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-small m = т

-и with line on top = й

-g = д

-mirrored s = г

These are handwriting style characters, but some of them (m, -и with line on top and mirrored s in particular) are also used in italicized version of some Russian fonts, Arial and Times New Roman to name a few.

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    Depending on your font setup, you may see them in context here: который, куда, глава. If you don’t get those forms of the characters, copy and paste it into somewhere you can edit the font/style, and set it to italic Times New Roman (or most other serif fonts). They’re very traditional alternative forms of the characters, both for handwriting and italic printed text. – PLL Jun 23 '18 at 14:25
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    @PLL interestingly, here in your example we can see the third variation of the look of д: like curved Greek small delta, similar to partial derivative sign. This seems to be a more common shape for in computer fonts. – Ruslan Jun 24 '18 at 6:50
  • you mean this? russian.stackexchange.com/questions/2919/… :-D – Arioch Jun 25 '18 at 12:47
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Those are cursive forms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_cursive

The letters you were surprised by are, in order listed, Тт Йй Дд Гг.

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In some fonts you might also encounter 'mirrored 6' which is 'small д'.

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Nobody posted these letters italicized yet, so here you go:

  • Тт Тт
  • Йй Йй
  • Дд Дд
  • Гг Гг

Examine this answer's markdown by clicking "edit" to make sure I didn't trick you :ь

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