Lessons

Russian Alphabet Lesson

In this lesson you are going to learn all about the Russian alphabet! Russians write with an alphabet called the Cyrillic script. You will notice that many Cyrillic letters look similar to Latin letters (we use the Latin alphabet), because both alphabets descend from the Greek alphabet. This lesson will teach you how to read,… Continue reading Russian Alphabet Lesson

Reading/Writing

On The Russian Hard Sign…

In modern Russian, the hard sign is kind of rare. But did you know that it used to be quite common? That’s right! It was just as common as the soft sign until the Russian Revolution. After the Revolution, a spelling reform took place and the hard sign was taken away where it wasn’t needed.

Phonology

How to pronounce Russian ‘щ’ (shch, sch)

Russian ‘щ‘ can sound a whole lot like ‘ш‘ to the untrained, newbie ear! It is important to pronounce them both correctly, because they are both unique sounds! Some resources will tell you that ‘щ‘ is pronounced as “shch”, as in “fresh cheese.” This is not correct in modern Standard Russian!

Phonology

How to trill (roll) your R

Producing a trilled (rolled) “r” is not impossible for English speakers. It is easier for some than others. Almost anyone can do it, though. I’m here to tell you how! First of all, a “trilled r” or a “rolled r” is technically known as an “alveolar trill.” This sound is produced with your tongue, NOT… Continue reading How to trill (roll) your R

Phonology

Palatalization in Russian

In Russian, most consonants come in two different pairs: hard and soft. These “soft” consonants are palatalized. Palatalized consonants are pronounced with a palatal secondary articulation, making the consonant sound like it is followed by a “y” sound – much like the English word “pure.” With palatalized consonants, the middle of the tongue is raised… Continue reading Palatalization in Russian