001 – Russian vowels: А, О, У, Э, Ы

Learning any language always starts from the alphabet. To make getting used to the Cyrillic alphabet easier for you, we will dedicate to it the first five lessons of the course. In today’s lesson we’ll learn five out of ten Russian vowels and how to pronounce them.

Here are these vowels:

А а – [a]
О о – [o]
У у – [u]
Э э – [e] (like in ‘edit’)
Ы ы – [ui] (no equivalent in English, something in between i and u)

Listen to the audio track and repeat after it. Every letter is repeated twice, one time longer and one time shorter, so you grasp the pronunciation better.

Be sure you memorized them well before the next lesson. Listen to the audio as many times as you need.

Spotted an error? Let us know please!

16 comments on “001 – Russian vowels: А, О, У, Э, Ы”

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