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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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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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What are these two words with obsolete letters?

I underlined two words in green. They have obsolete letters that I cannot track down. What are the translations? Context: This is a map legend. The full map is here.
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Why is the letters M and T are similar in hand writing in Russian language? [duplicate]

Why is the letters M and T (м and m) are similar in hand writing in Russian language? For example: от → оm. vs. oм
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What is the first letter in the first name and in the surname in Cyrillic? [closed]

What is the equivalent letters in the Latin alphabet and what is the first letter in the first first and in the surname in Cyrillic?
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Church Slavonic lettering style

Church Slavonic texts often appear in a particular old style of script. The lettering is related to Glagolitic and Blackletter (Gothic) in its parallel-line construction and dense packing. It does not ...
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Why does the word “четверг” sound as “четвергх”?

Why does the word "четверг" sound as "четвергх"? I've noticed that people don't pronounce it as it's written, do they? If they don't, what is the reason for that? n.b. We already had here a post ...
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Alternate shapes of cyrillic letters?

In the below image, the two characters underlined don't seem to have a match in the character map program I'm using: The closest matches I can find are п and д, respectively. Are these indeed the ...
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“Ж” as a Mexican cattle brand [closed]

Could this be a Ж? Two hundred years ago a young, literate Russian immigrant to Mexico claimed his cattle brand. Usually these were just Latin letters, with some flourish or packed together, or else ...
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Is it considered a mistake to write “его” and “ето” instead of эго and это?

Is it considered a mistake to write его and ето instead of эго and это? I found it many times when people change between the letters е and э in this words, and I'm no sure if it's mistake or just a ...
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Is there a difference between “эго” and “это” or the are the same?

I have 2 questions about the same words: 1. Is there a difference between эго and это or the are the same? (I've noticed that the uses of both is almost in the same context, and I suspect that ...
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What is the difference between the letter Е and Э?

What is the difference between the letter Е and Э? Based on my book are the same like E in English. My friend (he's not a Russian native speaker) explained me that Э is consonant and Е is a wovel. Is ...
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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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What is “Э оборотное”?

Today I heard from my friend "Э оборотное". I still do not understand why he called it "оборотное". Is there a secret letter "э", which only Russian native speakers know about, which is turned the ...
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Old form of cursive

On the page http://vremya4e.com/interes/16025-temy-sochineniy-dlya-gimnazistov-v-carskoy-rossii.-eto-vam-ne-ege.html there is an image of a handwritten essay from 1917 whose title begins with Развитие,...
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How to ask someone to send me a shipment using regular mail instead of courier mail?

I have a Russian artist friend who speaks terrible English and I speak terrible Russian. He's sending me this amulet that he made which is small enough to fit in an envelope. How do I explain to him ...
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Подмосковные вечера

In the song Подмосковные вечера there's a "б" letter standing alone: Если б знали вы, как мне дороги What does this mean? Thank you.
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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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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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Letter Y issues, or Latin vs. Greek

After reading texnic's answer to my question Pronunciation of foreign IT abbreviations / languages, I became curious about why Latin won over Greek in our Russian schools. Here in the Czech Republic ...
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Alphabetical lists in Russian?

In English, I might make a list of things like so: A. This is the first item! B. This is the second item! C. You guessed it! Third item! In Russian, is that done the same way? i.e.: а. Первый ...
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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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Is there a word that starts with “ы”?

I remember from my school years that there is no such thing as a word that starts with 'ы'. Is this true? If so, is there something fundamental that prevents this from happening? If no, can anybody ...