Russian alphabet: consonants (2d. part)
During the course of the previous lessons we have covered more than a half of the Russian alphabet: the vowels А, О, У, Э, Ы, Я, Ё, Ю, Е, И, and 13 consonants. Today we will learn another 8 of the Russian consonants.
For these consonants, unlike the ones from the previous lesson, it is not important whether they are voiced or voicless as it does not affect the pronunciation. So let’s just learn them as they are:
Й й [î] (also called “и краткая” which means i short; like ‘y’ in ‘boy’)
Л л [l] (like English ‘l’)
М м [m] (like English ‘m’)
Н н [n] (like English ‘n’)
Р р [r] (a rolled sound ‘r’, like in Spanish)
Ц ц [ts] (like ‘ts’ in “it’s”)
Ч ч [ch] (like ‘ch’ in ‘cherry’)
Щ щ [sch] (like sounds ‘sh’ and ‘ch’ together)
Congratulations, now you know all the Russian vowels and consonants! Let’s put your knowledge in practice immediately and learn a few more Russian words:
лес [lyes] – forest
мир [meer] – peace, world
ру́сский язы́к [róos-keeî ya-zýk] – Russian language
рука́ [roo-ká] – hand / arm
интерне́т [een-ter-nét] – internet
Practice the Russian letters you have learned today and words of the today’s lesson with the audio recording.
Thank you for deciding to learn Russian with us! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments.
More lessons on the Russian alphabet
- 003. Russian alphabet: consonants (1st. part)
- 005. Russian alphabet: soft sign (Ь) and hard sign (Ъ)
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