Ready to start learning Russian? To most beginners, Russian alphabet seems scary. Even though Cyrillic alphabet is somehow similar to Latin alphabet (unlike Chinese, Japanese, Greek, etc) some letters are the mirror image of familiar ones, and some letters are the same but pronounced differently.
To make this process fun, we’ve created a video to help you memorise Russian letters while watching our student Francesco pack for a trip to Russia: some things essential, some things useful, some things… not. Have a look!
|Russian Character||English Equivalent|
|Й й||I or y|
|О о||Stressed: O
|Х х||H, kh|
|Ъ ъ||Hard Sign|
|Ы ы||I i|
|Ь ь||Soft Sign|
|Э э||E e|
Now that you’ve watched the video, let’s break the letters of Russian alphabet down into a few groups.
А а К к М м O о Т т
So you can already read these words:
В в Е е Н н Р р С с У у Х х
For instance, can you read the words below?
Бб Г г Д д З з И и Л л П п Ф ф Э э
Try reading these words:
Ю ю Я я Ё ё Ж ж Ц ц Ч ч Ш ш Щ щ Ы ы Й й
Here are some examples of words containing these letters:
Ъ ъ – The ‘Hard Sign’ is indicates a slight pause between syllables.
Ь ь – The ‘Soft Sign’ makes the previous letter ‘soft’.
In conclusion, remember: practice makes perfect! We hope this helps you figure out the letters of the Russian alphabet. For more tips on learning it check out this article, and stay tuned in our blog for more tips & tricks on learning Russian!
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