Is it important to know how to read? The answer to this question can only be yes. When you learn a new language (Spanish, German, French,…), you always learn new words, how to read them and how to pronounce them, with the alphabet used in that language. Then, if you want to learn Russian, you should learn its abc, right? Learning the Russian alphabet (русский алфавит) and knowing how to read its letters, is the first step in the path to speak this language. Besides, this is much easier than you might think. This short course is divided in 7 lesson and you can complete all of them in just one or two days. So, don’t rush and finish this course before visiting other resources from our website. The time you spend learning how to read is well invested time.
Russian uses a special set of letters: the Cyrillic alphabet. They are 33 letters which are very easy to learn. Below you will find every letter of the Russian alphabet:
Don’t memorize the whole alphabet now!
In the following lessons we will learn each letter little by little.
These two letters on the right are not sounded. Their role is to modify the sound of other letters.
They are called “soft sign” (Ь)
and “hard sign” (Ъ).
What should you call this alphabet: Cyrillic or Russian? These are two different concepts. The Cyrillic alphabet is a writing system developed in the 10th Century in Bulgaria. This writing system is the source used to create the alphabets of different languages such as Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian or Russian. The Russian alphabet (that’s the one you learn in these lessons) is a form of the Cyrillic alphabet and is the script used to write the Russian language.