https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.tastic

Handwritten Russian

I have seen some people write л like a triangle with the bottom line missing. Is this considered an equally acceptable way to write the letter, or is it considered sloppy?

November 5, 2015

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shady_arc

It is the prototypal shape of that letter (it comes from the Greek letter Λλ).

Russian Л is only written as a trapezoid in printed fonts—which is a bit like lowercase "a" or "g" only using their complicated shape by typefaces, while in writing a simplier outline is preferred.

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.tastic

I see. Thank you! This makes sense now.

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Norrius

What you describe sounds like the default way to write Л.

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.tastic

Yep, that's it! I didn't know it was default, though.

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Captain000

Yep, this is how it is written. I believe some fonts also have a shape more like what you described, with pointed top rather than л shape.

The Д you can write like a triangle with legs.

Note that written printed format is slightly different to cursive.

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

That's used sometimes in printed Russian too. Another thing you'll see sometimes is Δ instead of Д.

November 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shady_arc

Here is a selection of how the Cyrillic looks in various typefaces. Only a really Grotesque geometric one will have a triangle for Д

My name is Duo, I like fonts

November 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

I've seen it quite a few times, but often it was in really grotesque typefaces. I'll see if I can find some of them again.

November 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

It is a possibility that I just watch really weird things on YouTube.

November 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HartzHandia

Nope. Never. Unless someone is getting overly creative, you know, logos and stuff.

November 7, 2015
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