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Lesson 4 - continuation of the alphabet

There are 4 more letters in the Russian alphabet:
Ё
Ы
Ъ
Ь
Now I’d like to tell about the letter Ь.

There is an important distinction in Russian between hard and soft consonants.

There is one in English as well. Compare:

bad and big
madam and miss
ten and teen

The first word has a hard consonant and the second has a soft consonant.
In Russian the letter Ь marks soft consonants.
So, for example, TЬ must be pronounced as [t] in teen.

I can see you mind boiling! Now it’s time for some examples.


Exercise 1

Listen to the examples and repeat!



мАть "mother" – мАт “bad words”
брАть “take” – брАт “brother”
мЕсть “vengeance” – мЕсто “place”
пусть “let” – пусто “empty”

Now you can see how important it is not to confuse hard and soft consonants
because that can provoke misunderstanding!


Exercise 2

Now try to read yourself!

тЕсть
пУть
гОсть
рЕдька
дОлька

Compare to the correct pronunciation!

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