002 – Russian alphabet: vowels Я, Ё, Ю, Е, И
In the previous lesson we’ve learned five vowels of the Russian alphabet. Today we’ll cover the other five. If you learned well the previous lesson, it will be easy for you to memorize the pronunciation of these ones.
Russian alphabet, pronunciation and hand-written Russian
Here is a trick to remember 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 the 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: