Course for beginners: learn how to read Russian letters and words
Я ХОЧУ ПИЦЦУ И КОФЕ, СПАСИБО!
I WANT PIZZA AND A COFFEE, THANK YOU!
- to read the phrase: "I want pizza and coffee" in Russian.
- to pronounce 5 new Russian consonants (х, ч, ф, ц, с) and 1 vowel (я).
That is how we write it in Russian: Я ХОЧУ ПИЦЦУ И КОФЕ, СПАСИБО. And now we see how to read it:
Sounds: [ya] [h] [a] [ch] [u] [p] [i] [ts] [u] [i] [k] [o] [f] [ye]
Tip - how to pronounce "я"
The Russian letter "я" has a sound [ya]. It is similar to the sound of "yu" in "yummy".
How to pronounce "я":
- When "я" is stressed, it is pronounced fully, so it sounds [ya].
- When "я" is not stressed, it loses part of its sound. It may sound only like [i] or similar to [ye] but softer.
Pay attention to the audio below. Listen and repeat the examples
пять ----> [pyat] here "я" is stressed
язык ----> [ye-zyk] here "я" is NOT stressed
пятно ---> [pyet-no] here "я" is NOT stressed
Step 2: Politeness goes far and costs nothing! Let's learn to pronounce "Thank you":
Sounds: [s] [p] [a] [s] [i] [b] [a]
Tip - remember the rules about "o": Remember the tip you learnt in lesson 2.
The Russian letter "o" is pronounced "a" when it is not stressed (like for example in "спасибо").
Below you can find a list of syllables that contain the letters you have learnt in this lesson. First, read them aloud. Then, listen to the recording in Russian and check how you did. Good luck!
ЧА ЧУ ЧИ ЧЕ ЦА ЦУ
СА СО СУ СЕ СИ СЯ
ФИ ФО ФЕ ЧАЙ МОХ ЧИХ ЦОК