003 – Russian alphabet: consonants (1st. part)

In the last two lessons we’ve learned 10 Russian vowels (А, О, У, Э, Ы and Я, Ё, Ю, Е, И). Today we continue with the Russian alphabet and start getting familiar with the Russian consonants.

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There are 21 consonants in the Russian alphabet. Some of them form pairs as the vowels do. In these pairs one consonant is voiced and the other one is voiceless:

These are those pairs:

voiced – voiceless
б [b] – п [p]
в [v] – ф [f]
г [g] – к [k] or х [h]
д [d] – т [t]
ж [zh] – ш [sh]
з [z] – с [s]

The transcription of the consonants is quite close to the real sound of the letters.

Now you can even read some Russian words:

сок [sok]juice
пáпа [pápa]dad
бык [byk]bull
ток [tok](electric) current

Listen to the audio file to practice the pronunciation.

In the following two lessons we’ll learn:

Russian consonants (2d. part)
Hard sign (Ъ) and soft sign (Ь)

Spotted an error? Let us know please!

8 comments on “003 – Russian alphabet: consonants (1st. part)”

  1. kumududeva seneviratna says:

    good but you haven’t yet taught the letter “P” in Russian but given a word with that letter.

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hi kumududeva seneviratna,

      Your are right, there is a small inaccuracy here. Sorry.
      You can learn the letter Р in the next lesson (004).

  2. Maya says:

    Hi, your lessons are so helpful. One question. Is this also the way letters are hand-written? I’m very confused since I’m reading a lot of things about the difference between handwriting and italic and reading Russian. Can you clear that up? I hope you continue making making these lessons.

    1. Learn Russian Step y Step says:

      Hi Maya,

      We’ll probably make such a lesson in the future, but so far you can find this information here: Russian alphabet.

      Thanks for the feedback.

  3. Hoàng Anh Hào says:

    Hi.
    This is a great work.

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Hi Hoàng Anh Hào,

      Thanks. Feel free to ask questions and good luck!

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