002 – Russian alphabet: vowels Я, Ё, Ю, Е, И

In the previous lesson we’ve learned five vowels of the Cyrillic Russian alphabet. Today we’ll cover the other five. If you memorized well the vowels from the previous lesson, it will be easy for you to learn these ones. Let’s begin!

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Here is a trick to memorize the rest 5 of Russian vowels:

All the vowels of the Russin alphabet form a sort of pairs: there are 5 pairs of vowels, in each of them one of the vowels is a “soft” version of its pair. Look how it works:

А а [a] – Я я [ya] (like ‘yu’ in ‘yummy’)
О о [o] – Ё ё [yo] (like ‘yo’ in ‘yours’)
У у [u] – Ю ю [yu] (like ‘yu’ in ‘you’)
Э э [e] – Е е [ye] (like ‘ye’ in ‘yes’ or ‘e’ in ‘exit’)
Ы ы [y] – И и [ee] (like ‘ée’ in ‘free’)

The audio includes all the letters of the today’s lesson and a little test: I pronounce a vowel, your task is to pronounce its pair.

In the following three lessons we’ll learn more Russian letters:

Russian consonants (1st. part)
Russian consonants (2d. part)
Hard sign (Ъ) and soft sign (Ь)

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2 comments on “002 – Russian alphabet: vowels Я, Ё, Ю, Е, И”

  1. Willie says:

    Is there a handwriting script for the alphabet? Thanks

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      You can find an example of hand written Russian here – Everyday Russian – Alphabet.

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