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What are these Russian characters that aren't in the alphabet in my learning material?

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' ...
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Spoken versus written Russian

In English and French, words are oftentimes "cut" when spoken. For example, in English we might say "Watcha doin'" instead of "What are you doing". Likewise, in French we ...
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Why does italic 'т' look like 'm'

The Cyrillic letter 'т', when italicized, looks like a Latin 'm'. This is illustrated in the image below. The first row is the Cyrillic letter 'т', the second is the Cyrillic letter 'м', and the third ...
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What is the difference in how shah and schchah are written (by hand) in practice?

The capitalized forms would likely be indistinguishable and the lowercase forms are identical according to this resource (as noted on Pinterest). Naturally there must be an actual difference when a ...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

In The Netherlands, we learn to write Latin characters in cursive in school, but most adults write block letters in practice. My experience is that in other countries using the Latin alphabet, most ...
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Any official (government) sources for standardized tables or charts for English-to-Russian transliteration? [closed]

Does anyone have a link to an official Russian or American/UK (government) source of some charts/tables that standardize transliteration of Cyrillic (Russian in particular) letters to Roman (English) ...
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Какую букву посоветуете для обозначения “ьы/йы”, буквы типа я, ю, е, ё? [closed]

я обнаружил, что в кириллице не хватает буквы - пары для ы, как я является парой для а. в русском языке такой буквы не нужно, но вот в татарском, например, такая буква нужна: например, если к слову "...
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How do I tell if a 'г' sounds like a 'g' or a 'v' [duplicate]

г normally sounds like a g, such as где. Sometimes though it can sound like a v, such as нового. How do I tell which one is the correct one?
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Avoiding spelling ambiguity when writing in cursive - a, o

In Latin cursive, we differentiate lowercase a a from lowercase O with the stroke in the middle of O. However, this stroke does not exist in Russian cursive. I see that the right border of A is ...
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Avoiding spelling ambiguity when writing in cursive - и, л, м, ш, ц, щ, ы [closed]

In Russian cursive, there is some ambiguity from the fact that several lowercase cursive letters consist (entirely or in part) of the Latin cursive letter i without the dot (or a half of the cursive ...
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Why use Г in for example Горизонт and not for example Х? [duplicate]

I am just a happy beginner in Russian language, but to my ears Х sounds closer to H than Г. Does anyone know why words like Horizon (Горизонт) choose Г instead? Is there some historic explanation ...
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What is the Russian Homophonic Group?

Equivalent question: What Russian letters won't equal 1? From: the homophonic group: a mathematical diversion --> This is an exercise from Michael Artin's Algebra on, well, abstract algebra. In this ...
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Names of pre-1918 letters

What were the names of the Russian letters и and i in the pre-1918 Russian alphabet?
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When to use ∂ and when to use the g-type for little д?

I'm always unsure as to how to choose my д in handwriting. Can one arbitrarily choose between ∂ and the minuscule (little g type) here shown? (I mean, sticking to one of them for the whole text, but ...
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What are the Latin Transliterations of Hard Consonants Converted to Soft Consonants?

I have been studying Russian recently and I have come across a problem that I have been trying to resolve for some time now which involves the softening of consonants. I understand that there are ...
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How similar are Mongolian Cyrillic and Russian Cyrillic?

I'm considering learning Mongolian Cyrillic. One thing I'd like to know is whether learning Mongolian Cyrillic will help me understand Russian Cyrillic. If I learn Mongolian Cyrillic, will I be able ...
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What is the stroke order for Cyrillic?

I've been trying to find the stroke order (the order in which components of a character are written, and in which direction your pen goes) (Wikipedia article, but only about Chinese characters) for ...
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What Russian letter is this?

Is the 4th letter a valid russian character? When I copy the above word it is automatically converted to "сведения".
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Russian/Cyrillic italic font

Could anyone please tell me, where I can find and download a font type of Russian italics? I haven't find any on the net so far, but I have to admit to only have looked on English and German language ...
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Difference between ь and ъ

What is the difference between ь and ъ? Why do Russians use these letters?
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Learning to touch-type in Cyrillic [closed]

I started typing in Cyrillic a week ago, using Google Translate's keyboard option (so I've got a different question from this one). However, I've been downgraded from a touch-typist in English and ...
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"The Grand Inquisitor" book cover - what does cyrillic letters stand for?

I recently bought a copy of, "The Grand Inquisitor" and, after a few days, I noticed that the title of the book on front cover was written partially in cyrillic. Does the cyrillic on the front mean ...
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Why are there letters which look similar but are pronounced differently between the English alphabet and Russian Cyrillic?

Gadling teaches you to read the Cyrillic alphabet in 5 minutes mentions that there's some letters in Cyrillic that look like letters in the English alphabet, but their pronunciation in Russian is ...
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A children's riddle asks: 'А и Б сидели на трубе. А упало, Б пропало — что осталось на трубе?'

A children's riddle asks А и Б сидели на трубе. А упало, Б пропало - что осталось на трубе? Правописание(Spelling). The answer is И!. But if you search the web you will find an approximately equal ...
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Н > И change in Cyrillic, when and why?

The modern Cyrillic letter had the shape of H a thousand years ago, it descends from the Greek H η 'Ήτα, Ēta'. What is interesting is when and why this letter changed the angle of its bar from H to И.
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What is the preferred form of Cyrillic to use for handwriting?

When writing Cyrillic by hand is it preferred to write in roman type italic type? For example, should I write г, г? д or д? и and й or и and й? т or т? Or should one use cursive to write? What type is ...
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How common is angle-shaped Л in modern Russian?

How common is drawing Л the way similar to Greek letter Λ in modern Russian? Does it vary depending on region?
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Why is the numero sign (знак номера) ­«№» used in Russian when the letter "N" is not in the Cyrillic alphabet?

It seems strange to me that the numero sign (знак номера) № is used in Russian, despite the fact that the letter N is not present in the Cyrillic alphabet. Not knowing any better, I would have ...