HOW TO READ RUSSIAN
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Lección 5: Я ХОЧУ́ ПИ́ЦЦУ И КО́ФЕ, СПАСИБО!
In this lesson you will learn:
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).
Now that you know the Cyrillic alphabet and all the rules from the previous Reading Lessons you are close to be a real expert in reading Russian. Time to relax and have a snack! Let’s ask for a pizza and a coffee in Russian (and don’t forget to say “thank you”!).
That is how we write it in Russian: Я ХОЧУ́ ПИ́ЦЦУ И КО́ФЕ, СПАСИ́БО. And now we see how to read it:
Listen to the following the audio in Russian and repeat. You will hear first the whole Russian word and then the sound of each letter separately:
Letters: Я ХОЧУ́ ПИ́ЦЦУ И КО́ФЕ
Sounds: [ya] [h][a][ch] [u] [p][i][ts][u] [i] [k][o][f][ye]
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
як → [yak] here “я” is stressed
пять → [pyat] here “я” is stressed
язы́к → [ye-zyk]here “я” is NOT stressed
пятно́ → [pyet-no] here “я” is NOT stressed
Politeness goes far and costs nothing! Let’s learn to pronounce “Thank you”:
Time to practise! 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!
ХО ХИ ХУ ХА ХЕ ПА ПИ ПЯ
ЧА ЧУ ЧИ ЧЕ ЦА ЦУ
СА СО СУ СЕ СИ СЯ
ФИ ФО ФЕ ЧАЙ МОХ ЧИХ ЦОК
Remember some useful words:
КО́ФЕ (COFFEE) ЧАЙ (TEA)
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Which Russian letter sounds like “o” and “a”?
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How do you say “coffee” in Russian?
How do you read “хочу”?