Friendly Russian: Learning How to Read & Write in Russian

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Alphabet

The Russian Alphabet

The Russian alphabet is called Cryilic after the name of one of two Greek missionary brothers from Byzantine; Cyril and Methodius. Some of the Roman letters that make up the English alphabet are part of the Cryillic alphabet so a few letters will look familiar (but they may not all sound the same). To a large degree Russian is a phonetically written language - this "one letter - one sound" correlation is rather consistent, making reading in Russian a relatively easy task.

 

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Script Name Approximate Pronounciation

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ah
fAther
beh
Butter
veh
Voice
geh
Golf
deh
Day
yeh
YEs
yo
YOrk
zheh
pleaSure
zeh
Zone
ee
mEEt
ee-kratkoe-short
boY
kah
Karate
ell
Look
em
Mama
en
Not
aw
PAUl
peh
Party
err
Rock
ess
Salt
teh
Tom
oo
mOOn
eff
Foot
hah
Scottish "loCH"
tse
booTS
cheh
CHeck
shah
SHelf
shchah
freSH CHeese
hard sign
(no sound)
I
dIn
soft sign
(No Sound)
eh
Any
yu
Use
ya
YArd

 

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