Lesson 004

Russian alphabet: consonants (2d. part)

The audio for the lesson is available at the bottom of the screen under the blue button.

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)

Russian Pod 101

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 [rús-keeî ya-zýk]Russian language
рука́ [ru-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.

In the next lesson we’ll learn the last two letters of the Cyrillic Russian alphabet.


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