Russian Cyrillic Alphabet
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Russian Cyrillic Alphabet

by Shiomi
(Tokyo)

Today there are many letters in the world. They have their own unique style. But the Russian Cyrillic alphabet is the most unique for me, because it is used by many Japanese.

Why can I say that? Japan isn't in the “Russian sphere,” and uses hiragana, katakana, and kanji as its own unique sets of characters. It is very strange.

So, look at this pictograph: Σ(゜Д゜)/ ...What?

This is a Japanese pictograph which is used by almost all young people. And it means “I am surprised!” In this pictograph, there is a Cyrillic “Д .” Conveniently, keyboards on Japanese PCs make it possible to transform Japanese to Russian.

First, you input in Japanese, “roshia.” Then, many candidate characters appear on the screen, like Д, и, ф, etc. So you can choose any letters that you want to use in your pictograph.

Like Cyrillic, the Greek alphabet is also transformed. You input in Japanese “girisha,” then there are candidate characters of the Greek alphabet. However, you cannot transform to Arabic if you input in Japanese “arabia.”

Now, you can try to make your original pictograph here in Japan! It is so unique for me.

__Ф(。。)っっ - This means studying hard -

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Typing Russian on a Japanese PC
by: Gary Wolff

That's fascinating, Shiomi.

I never knew one could do this on a Japanese PC. Thanks for educating us !

And by all means, please continue to... __Ф(。。)っっ (study hard) ! :-)

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