003 – Russian alphabet: consonants (1st. part)
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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. Remember them as you will need to know them when we study the Russian pronunciation.
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 Russian letters. Listen to the audio file to practice the pronunciation.
Now you can even read some Russian words (they are included into the audio too):
сок [sok] – juice
пáпа [pá-pa] – dad
бык [byk] – bull
ток [tok] – (electric) current
In the following two lessons we’ll continue to learn the Russian alphabet:
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