What is your opinion on Russian cursive. Can native speakers even understand it? All of the loopy loops look the same :(
I'm native speaker and I can understand only a few words, but I'm pretty sure some medical expert could read everything. It's really, really bad handwriting. We have a lot of jokes about 'handwriting of a doctor' and how doctors are being trained to write like that, to be understood only by other doctors :)
I read a joke somewhere that reading cursive Cyrillic is about reading the spaces between characters. ( Referring to how barcode is scanned. )
My girlfriend is russian and she says even she can't understand sometimes hahaha I think that one is an exaggerated example of russian cursive but either way I can't understand, to me it all looks like a bunch of "WWWWWWW"
Sure native speakers can understand it. Probably as well as we can understand other people's cursive in English . . . "we" meaning people who know cursive, ourselves. It seems that nowadays there are quite a few people who never learned it in school, and some can't read it at all!
Non-native speakers can understand it too. Work on it, you'll find it is not difficult to read most Russian handwriting. Of course, there are some extreme cases, just as there are with cursive for English.
site:duolingo.com Russian cursive and you'll find plenty of discussion of this. Here are a couple of posts with some rather extreme examples (incl. the one above) in the discussion:
With a little work it is not difficult to learn. And once you know it, you can take notes quickly in Russian w/o a computer, etc., etc.
Actually, Russian cursive is based on some common European cursive. I don't understand so many questions from English natives about it. French is the closest one:
English is not that farther (or same and it's just a fancy version):
I don't understand so many questions from English natives about it.
Judging by some posts on this forum, a lot of English speakers are not taught even the English cursive in schools.
In Russia learning how to write in cursive is one of the primary subjects in the first grade. So everyone at least knows how to do it, even if some people choose not to use it later in life.
I don't know why many English people don't study cursive. I heard somewhere that it is a lot a harder for criminals to forge your name if it's written in cursive. ☺
Помню давным давно на уроке труда в школе писали тест и я там таким почерком накатал (как на изображении) всякую бессмыслицу, потому что нифига не знал. Пацаны прикололись, сказали преподу что у меня папа врач.