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

-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 ...
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What Russian letter is this?

The character "д" is the lowercase italic version of "Д", which both derive from the greek letter Delta (compare with "Δ", "δ"). In most fonts the straight lowercase letter is written as "д", while "д"...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

In school it's taught cursive and only cursive, in many "serious" places (like government jobs, jobs in financial sector etc.) it will be considered very non-professional if you can not do cursive. In ...
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What are these Russian characters that aren't in the alphabet in my learning material?

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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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

Things may be changing, but I dare say an overwhelming majority of 'adult' Russians (those finished primary school 10+ years ago) write in cursive - when they have to hand write at all. Writing in ...
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What Russian letter is this?

It is a valid letter "д", the fifth letter of the alphabet. The glyph in the example is produced with a cursive/italic font. The other one is a glyph from a regular straight font.
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Н > И change in Cyrillic, when and why?

Думаю что целенаправленного изменения штриха не было. Если посмотреть на заглавные буквы печатных книг, видно что штрих в букве И сначала был ровным, потом слегка наклоненным (как бы для удобства ...
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What is the stroke order for Cyrillic?

Here is the classic one. I used to do it in my 1st grade. http://xn----gtbdmbeft1bdk.net/%D0%A0%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%BA%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8/40/415/ Though this one does not contain old Cyrillic.
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"The Grand Inquisitor" book cover - what does cyrillic letters stand for?

It means nothing. It just reads "The Grand Inquisitor" in English with a few Cyrillic letters thrown in to replace English letters that they look vaguely similar to. This is an example of Faux ...
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Why are there letters which look similar but are pronounced differently between the English alphabet and Russian Cyrillic?

Cyrillic alphabet was developed in what is modern Bulgaria based on Greek alphabet, so: В was modeled after Greek Β (beta). This was originally pronounced [b] in ancient Greek but in modern (and ...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

As already said, all Russians are taught in school how to write in cursive and use it in everyday life. Writing with cursive letters is much more faster but everyone has his own style, that is ...
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What is the difference in how shah and schchah are written (by hand) in practice?

This is an incorrect (and poor quality) picture. These letters look different in every script. Like this: Ш ш Щ щ Ш ш Щ щ
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What are these Russian characters that aren't in the alphabet in my learning material?

In some fonts you might also encounter 'mirrored 6' which is 'small д'.
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How similar are Mongolian Cyrillic and Russian Cyrillic?

Trying to answer the last part of your question, the Bulgarian alphabet is very similar to the Russian one: а б в г д е ё ж з и й к л м н о п р с т у ф х ц ч ш щ ъ ы ь э ю я (Russian) а б в г д е ж ...
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What are these Russian characters that aren't in the alphabet in my learning material?

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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Names of pre-1918 letters

Поскольку ответы в одно предложение, насколько я помню, против правил (в таких случаях рекомендуется дать больше информации), даю название всех букв. Названия букв в старой орфографии. В квадратных ...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

Many responders have already mentioned the cursive handwriting as faster... In fact, perhaps unlike some cursive scripts I see daily used in Europe/US at least, the seeming purpose of Russian cursive ...
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A children's riddle asks: 'А и Б сидели на трубе. А упало, Б пропало — что осталось на трубе?'

Well, there are two ways of looking at it. Strictly and formally speaking, the riddle would be about the letters (буквы, in singular, буква), which are of feminine gender and should be used with the ...
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What are the Latin Transliterations of Hard Consonants Converted to Soft Consonants?

I understand that there are certain vowels that indicate whether a consonant succeeding it would be hard or soft, for example the vowel 'e' would indicate that the consonant after it would soften ...
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What Russian letter is this?

Every language has its quirkiness. With Russian,this is evident when one starts typing texts on a PC - and then formatting parts of it. Hence, the сведения seems to differ from "сведения". But, this ...
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Difference between ь and ъ

Have you tried reading about them? On wiki, for example: Russian alphabet, Ъ, Ь Your second question does not make sense, really. They are used because they must be used for the correct spelling.
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How similar are Mongolian Cyrillic and Russian Cyrillic?

Mongolian is phonetically very different from Russian, so, while you will still have a general idea about which sound corresponds to which letter, mechanical transliteration of Mongolian word into ...
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How similar are Mongolian Cyrillic and Russian Cyrillic?

Russian and Khalkha Mongolian have extremely different phonetics and phonotactics, so different that half of the Cyrillic letters are pronounced differently in the two languages: Letter ...
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A children's riddle asks: 'А и Б сидели на трубе. А упало, Б пропало — что осталось на трубе?'

The Ushakov's dictionary says that the names of the Russian letters are all neuter (except for ь and ъ that end in знак which is masculine). The riddle is about the letters, so the correct answer is: ...
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What is the stroke order for Cyrillic?

The only thing I know from top of my head that you should be able to write most words in full without ever taking pen off paper. Maybe adding some diacritics later. So, there's only one stroke. Start ...
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Difference between ь and ъ

Твёрдый знак выполняет в русском языке разделительную функцию — указывает, что после согласного йотированная гласная буква обозначает не мягкость согласного, а два звука: я — [й’а], е — [й’э], ё — [й’...
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Names of pre-1918 letters

They're named Иже and І (pronounced as [и] i surmise) or И восьмеричное and И десятиричное respectively [ 1 ] due to numerical values used to be assigned to them [ 2 ]
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What is the Russian Homophonic Group?

бос = босс, без = бес, бал = балл, сум = сумм, мая = майя, тон = тонн, серб = серп, гриб = грипп, маг = мак, юг = юкк ⇒ с = з = л = м = й = н = б = п = г = к = 1. спиться = спится = спица, питься = ...
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Do adult Russians normally hand-write Cyrillic as cursive or as block letters?

Here's a sample of hand-written lyrics done by a Russian born adult (me) prior to seeing this question. I will leave it you to decide whether it's block or cursive. I wanted it to be easy for my son ...
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Spoken versus written Russian

Drastye! This is an approximated rendition of the Russian word zdravstvuytyе, "hello". If you count the letters, you may get an idea of how far off the elided forms of some words can be. ...
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