1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Russian
  4. >
  5. Russian Accent Marks in Googl…


Russian Accent Marks in Google Chrome

I noticed something when I started the course, namely that the accent or stress marks did not display properly on Chrome, i.e. they show up before or after the vowel (on top of the next consonant or outside of the word), instead of over the stressed vowel.

I checked to see if the font could be the issue, and it did adjust itself when setting a different font, but then when I further checked on Firefox I saw that the standard font there displayed the accent marks correctly over the vowels.

I am not sure if this is a font-rendering issue, and/or browser-related, so just a heads-up if it got anyone confused.

November 12, 2015


[deactivated user]

    Duolingo’s font doesn't include either Cyrillic or accent marks, so your browser's default Cyrillic font is substituted. Try changing default fonts in the browser settings and see if that helps.


    I know it's not a solution for your problem, but maybe this site will help a few people. I use this site to check where are the stress marks: http://easypronunciation.com/en/add-stress-marks-to-russian-text


    Seems useful. Though, unfortunately for me, it has the same problem on that site.


    What did font did you change it to that improved the results?


    I am not sure it is the font. Open Sans, PT Sans, Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, DejaVu Sans, Calibri, Linux Biolinum, Liberation Sans, M2+ c, Segoe UI do not seem to have this bug. Courier does but I do not guess anyone has their default font set to this monospaced fontface. Meiryo has the bug though.

    Ubuntu, Georgia and Comic Sans display kind of weird when words with stresses are encountered.

    You should just watch WHAT the browser and your OS set as the default SansSerif font for the characters that Museo Sans (used by Duolingo) does not have.


    Very strange. I changed from Liberation Sans to Lucida Sans, had the same problem, then just now switched back to Liberation Sans and all the Cyrillic is in a serif (but consistent) font. Go figure.

    Thanks for your help (and all your work on this course!)

    Большое спасибо!


    Personally, I find that OpenSans works slightly better on Duolingo (it matches the weight of their font a bit closer, and accents do not seem to float way above the letters). However, you can use whatever you want, and even switch the font once in a while, even trying things like Segoe Script and Azbuka04.

    Learn Russian in just 5 minutes a day. For free.