https://www.duolingo.com/profile/w00ster

Handwriting that Russian ''Д'' in printed letters

I'm just wondering, for those of you who hand-write regularly in Cyrillic, how exactly do you go about writing that Russian ''Д'' in printed letters? I mean, which part of the letter do you do first, from where to where?

I'm fairly comfortable now writing in Cyrillic, and I don't want to learn cursive (which I hate doing even in my own language), but every time I have to write a ''Д'' it slows down my flow significantly. I used to do that little table base first, and then add the top, but now I've switched to basically writing a Russian ''П'', and adding the base afterwards. Both feel awkward and my Д's always stick out :P

Am I wrong, or do some fonts just use a triangle instead? I might end up doing that. Anyways, sorry for being so specific but I'm just wondering how other people go about it. :)

Thanks!

March 4, 2018

10 Comments


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

Д typically looks like a smaller ð but without the dash across the ascender.

March 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Peter594672

Writing a ''П'', and adding the base afterwards is what I do when I have to write a printed uppercase Д.

My handwriting though is a mixture of cursive and slant typing. Lowercase "д" there looks like Latin "d" with the upper tail bent leftwards, which is a version of cursive/italicized д. Another version is like Latin "g".

For uppercase Д some fonts do indeed use Λ instead of П part. You save on one stroke, but adding the base afterwards is still tedious. On the other hand, a proper cursive Д resembles Latin D quite a lot, so you could go with that after all.

So pick whichever you like:

March 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/exp271828

When I learned Russian (cursive) a long time ago, I learned to write upper case as something like a "D" and lower case as something like a "g" (looks a lot like option 4 shown by Peter). I use cursive when writing in Russian, and print my English letters - that's how I keep my alphabets from getting my brain all confused (haha). I have a real dickens of a time typing in Russian, though - I find it much easier to write it out longhand!

My Russian is, unfortunately, quite rusty - I get to use it every now and then, but not nearly often enough (or long enough at a stretch) to stay anywhere near fluent.

March 5, 2018

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

My surname starts with "Д" and I write it the same way you used to, first the base, then the top. I hate cursive too :-)

March 4, 2018

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

I have seen many people wonder about this. I used to make a little "table" and sit the arch on top of it, to make it exact, but this took up far too much time to accomplish quickly. So, I basically write "П" and draw a short little line across the near-bottom. It is still very recognizable, and it won't look like a square or an insect, if you master doing so with speed.

As for cursive in Russian, apparently most people write that way, so it might be worth looking at. I wrote a post about it asking my questions and received plenty of nice responses, if you would like to look: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/26107630

March 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/w00ster

Thanks! I looked into cursive when I began learning the Cyrillic alphabet but I could never really find the motivation for it. I have a weird aversion to cursive writing in general, (I used to get in trouble from the 2nd to 6th grade for refusing to write in cursive :D ) and my natural handwriting is in small neat blocky letters - for which the printed Cyrillic alphabet is perfect . But as you've mentioned, (and from what I've read a couple other times) unfortunately, no Russian really writes that way.

March 4, 2018

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

Any time! Thank you for the response. I almost always write everything in cursive, and yet hate writing Russian cursive:(. Yet, I have always admired those with nice blocky/type print characters:D! I can't seem to master that...I write print as three different people...

March 5, 2018

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

you should not write Д like that in hand writing, буква д как пишется- google this and look for a picture,cursive version, cursive for this letter is much more effective and fast, not the same goes for т, which is easier to type like this rather like m

March 5, 2018

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

you just can even write it like english "D" upper-case or "g" if it is lower-case

March 5, 2018

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

1)Handwriting printed letters is not very common in Russia (as the terms "handwritten" and "printed" would suggest)

2)When I jot something down for myself and want to make it legible I would just write D as cursive and rest with print - dont see any problems with that

March 26, 2018
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