Question by Jude: Do the Russian and Ukrainian languages use both the Latin and Cyrillic scripts?
I know that some other Slavic languages do, and I was wondering if Russian and Ukrainian do. And when I say both scripts, I mean is the Latin script official. I know that Russian is often transliterated for foreigners on some things but I want to know if anyone actually does this when writing to each other or if they do this in government documents or things like that. Thanks!
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Answer by Don Almighty
No, we don’t use Latin officially and tend to not use it even in unofficial writing. If you ever see a native writing in transliteration, they probably have no Cyrillic layout on their keyboard. For a native, Russian written in Latin looks rather awkward, “overloaded” and hard to read, to the point of being prohibited on most of the Web forums. The same goes for Ukrainian, afaik.
EDIT: Someone once said that when he reads transliterated Cyrillic, he imagines his conversation partner as Kenny from South Park. That’s pretty accurate description, admittedly 🙂
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