002 – Russian vowels: Я, Ё, Ю, Е, И
In the last lesson we’ve learned five Russian vowels. Today we’ll cover the other five. If you learned well the previous lesson, it will be easy for you to memorize the pronunciation of these ones.
Russian vowels form something like pairs: there are 5 pairs of vowels, in each of them one of the vowels is a “soft” version of its pair. Look how it works:
А а [a] – Я я [ya,’a]
О о [o] – Ё ё [yo, ‘o]
У у [u] – Ю ю [yu, ‘u]
Э э [e] – Е е [ye, ‘e]
Ы ы [ui] – И и [ee]
Listen to the audio to memorize the pronunciation, and then test yourself with the audio: I pronounce a vowel, your pronounce its pair.