It's in one of the later lessons "adjective spelling" where you learn that adjectives describing things of different gender are declinated differently as well. For example: Neutral: Вкусное мороженое, Female: Вкусная пицца, And the male form about which I'm not so sure at the moment. Probably Вкусной или Вкусний цирк.
Thanks for the clarification! I was hoping you'd have any recommendations for any other service that could teach the Russian alphabet and it's pronounciations? I have the Duolingo app and it doesn't really start off teaching the alphabet like it's categorized, more like basic words, and while that may be handy, I'd much rather it start off teaching, for instance, how 'д' sounds like 'd'. The only way I've found this out is from context clues of how the speaker says a word like 'дом'. Sorry to bother! Just seems like you might have a clue.</pre>
Check out "Russian Pod 101" on google. They have a free trial and offer a ton of great videos to help with learning Russian. Thats how I got started with the alphabet and how to read/ pronounce words in Russian.
They also have some videos on YouTube if you want to check there. I think they had videos going over like half the alphabet there. For the rest you have to go on their site.
It is always silent. The letter used to mean a short vowel similar to "i" in "sit" about 1000 years ago. Nowadays ъ and ь act as separators.
"ь" means that the preceding consonant is palatalised (the middle of your tongue is raised):
- like in говорить, день, лошадь or вольт
- used orthographically in мышь, ночь or verb forms like говоришь (does not affect the pronunciation)
"ь" is also used to force a й sound for и, я, ю, е, ё before a consonant (sometimes о, in loanwords):
- бьёт, копьё, пьяный, ателье, бульон, компьютер