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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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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" is used in italic type. In some fonts (typically monospace console fonts or fonts designed for headings: Tahoma, Lucida Console, Franklin, Arial Bold, Century,...


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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 fact it's even hard to imagine that somebody does not. However I have to admit that things are gradually changing and even Russian language teachers are ...


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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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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 block letters has always been considered 'childish': only small kids do it because they haven't learnt any better yet. (But again, things are changing, and ...


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While I believe that both answers provided actually answer your question, there is still some information you may find relevant to the issue. First, the fact that the modern Russian T is homoglyphic to the Latin T should not confuse you. @yellowsky has provided an image of T as it had been shaped earlier, before Peter I's reforms. Actually, this is almost ...


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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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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 sometimes hard to read, so sometimes you are asked you use block letters. That's why when you fill a form, for example when you apply for a new ID, you have to use ...


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


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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 writing is to write a word, or large parts thereof, as one line without picking up the pen from the paper and seeking to a new position to start the next ...


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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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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 is solely due the use of italics. This can be easily verified by copying "сведения" twice without a particular format, then mark one of these Russian words; ...


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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 to read so I left many letters unjoined. As you can see, the choice between т and m is somewhat arbitrary.


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Российская типографика - весьма негреламентированная зона. Типографику можно условно разделить на три этапа (там дальше можно и мельче делить, но основных три). Это дореволюционная, советская и постоветская. Типографика бывает плакатная, газетная, книжная, у каждой немножко свои правила и традиции, это тоже можно иметь ввиду. Так что имейте ввиду, мой ответ ...


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Pretty much any more or less professional fontface for typing texts (not just fancy headers) supplies жирный, курсив and жирный курсив. So choose just any respectable serif font such as Cambria, Times New Roman or the like (Gothic fontfaces usually have only oblique option since it is against their nature to have a italic design) If you mean handwriting, ...


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As for difference between written and printed form of the letters, here is my personal experience: When I studied English handwriting to me the small letters k (looks like small R), r (is written backwards), s (looks like triangle), z (suddenly has a loop below the line) and the capital G (looks like Y), I (looks like Я), Q (a huge 2), S (big triangle), Z (...


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Mathematicians (at least in Russia) do not specially learn and/or practice Greek calligraphy, except while handwriting math formulas. So the quality of average handwriting may be somewhere between bad and ugly. But I'm rather surprised to hear that you found "sigma" and "delta" not differing at all. That could only be due to someone's personal mistakes. P.S....


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This might be wild speculation, but I suspect it is because writing curves etc. by hand is fast, whereas cutting out a proper curve of a piece of wood to make a stamp is comparably hard. Cursive handwriting is designed to be fast and easy for a human operator. But printing text with letters has different requirements. I would say the typeface "diverged" ...


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I wanna add my $0.02. As someone who grew up in Russia and went through school there. I'd say, writing other than cursive would just slow me down. Because in cursive your blue line just flows from one letter to the other. In block letters you would always have to stop, pause, find a new spot for your letter and continue writing.


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As others pointed out it was required in russian schools at least 8+ years ago. Standard cursive can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_alphabet. д has two common cursive forms: tail going down and up. Latter is non-standard from pre 1918 that survived for some reason (it fits badly for fast writing) and some teachers taught it instead of ...


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Cursive or intersections with some block letters (like @Jum Klimov mentioned). No one uses block letters on their own when handwriting. It's way too slow.


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In my personal experience (I studied in Moscow in applied maths) I've seen people writing both versions of sigma, but "Russian" one really was more common. And also there is a rather common scenario, when the lecturer first writes sigma with short tail, then someone asks, what letter it is (or the writer notices himself, that it is not clear enough), and ...


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You are probably seeing some local quirk of the speakers. I searched online for Russian math videos where I thought it most likely I'd see a lowercase sigma: in analytic number theory for the real part of a complex variable s and in statistics for variance. If you look at 24:05 of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAN6cp2W4ME (a lecture in Ukraine) and 40:52 ...


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You can find Cyrillic script fonts on google fonts, just choose it from menu on the left and manipulate with "slant"


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