How to Learn Russian Cursive

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How to Learn Russian Cursive
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The Russian language is written with the Cyrillic alphabet, which is also used to write various languages in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Some of the letters in Cyrillic appear similar to letters in the Latin alphabet, though the sounds they represent may differ greatly. The Cyrillic alphabet consists of 33 letters and can be in a standard "block letter" form or in cursive. The cursive form is used for handwriting and can look quite different from the letters in their original form.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


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    Learn the Cyrillic alphabet. Before you start writing in cursive, you must learn the standard block form of the Cyrillic alphabet. You can find charts of both the standard Cyrillic alphabet and the cursive forms on the website Omniglot, along with transliterations of the letters to their corresponding sounds in the Latin alphabet. Use flashcards to learn how to recognise and read the letters, in both the upper and lower case forms. Once you can recognise and properly name and pronounce the letters, start writing them. Reading and writing are different skill sets, so if you want to master the art of Russian cursive, start writing the letters as soon as possible.

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    Study the cursive script. Learn the letters individually at first, as with the standard Cyrillic alphabet. Make flashcards of the upper and lower case letters and then start to practice writing them. Seek out help with writing the cursive form of Russian. If you have a webcam, you can make contact with a native Russian speaker and get online assessment of your cursive writing skills. Write cursive letters for your language partner and she can give you feedback on how to improve your form. You can also find tutorials online that show the proper direction to start each penstroke so you can complete words in cursive easily and smoothly.

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    Practice writing words. If you don't speak Russian, find an online course where you can learn some basic vocabulary and phrases. Put the cursive letters into full words so you can learn how they link to one another. If you just want to practice particular words, try to write your name using Russian letters, or find an online English-Russian dictionary. Look up Russian words in the standard Cyrillic alphabet and write them in the cursive script.

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