004 – Russian alphabet: consonants (2d. part)

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In the previous lessons we’ve already 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’ll learn another 8 of the Russian consonants.

For these consonants, unlike for the ones from the previous lesson, is not important if they are voiced or voicless. As you’ll see in one of the following lessons, it does not affect the pronunciation. So 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 [rús-keeî ya-zýk]Russian language

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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