002 – Russian alphabet: vowels Я, Ё, Ю, Е, И
The audio for the lesson is available at the bottom of the screen under the blue button.
In the previous lesson we’ve started learning the Russian alphabet and got acquainted with five its vowels: А, О, У, Э, Ы. 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!
Here is a trick to memorize the other 5 of Russian vowels:
All the vowels of the Russian 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. Have a look at 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 of this lesson includes all the letters above 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:
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