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

Russian Cursive?

What is your opinion on Russian cursive. Can native speakers even understand it? All of the loopy loops look the same :(

Example:

September 26, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kate740493

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 :)

September 27, 2018

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

lol, I joke about that too

September 28, 2018

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

You do?

September 30, 2018

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

I read a joke somewhere that reading cursive Cyrillic is about reading the spaces between characters. ( Referring to how barcode is scanned. )

September 27, 2018

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

lol

September 28, 2018

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

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"

September 26, 2018

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

I probably shouldn't have chosen such an exaggerated example

September 28, 2018

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

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.

Google this: 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.

September 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/2E3S

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):

September 27, 2018

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

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.

September 27, 2018

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

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. ☺

September 28, 2018

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

Really? Where did you hear that?

September 30, 2018

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

Wow!! Where did you find this?

September 30, 2018

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

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.

October 1, 2018

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

That's doctor's handwriting - there are rumors they are being trained to write this way so patients wouldn't be able to decipher themselves (presumably to prevent panic and self-medication).

Does same apply in other countries?

October 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vyacheslav118653

He should be gone back to a 1st grade! russian calligraphy cursive writing

May 16, 2019

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

1st grade will not help you write like this unless you also use a dip pen and invest a lot of time, which is exactly what kids in the 50s did.

May 16, 2019
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