Russian words have three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. You use мой before masculine words and моя for feminine words. моё is for neuter words.
В русском языке судествуют РОД слова. Пепед мужским родом ставится мой, перед женским - моя. Моя книга, моя сестра, мой апельсин, мой папа. А есть ещё средний род - моё. Моё пальто, моё имя.
I hope they can add "masculine" or "feminine" to some of the words in the future to make it more clear, or maybe in the tips somewhere.
It's not a hard and fast rule, but basically any word ending in a consonant is going to be Masculine, words ending in -a or -я are going to be feminine (very few, such as бремя, племя, пламя, знамя, имя, for example, are neuter), words ending in -е or -о are neuter. Words ending in soft sign just require you to memorize them, since some are feminine and some are masculine.
Ok, if I want to say: "My city is Cancun" , should I say: "Мой город - Канкун" ?
But when you put that dash it cuts the flow of the sentence, why not just put the word right after? I come from a Russian background and my family doesn't stop for like two seconds and then say the name of a place or person.
Especially since it's a proper name, it's good to include at least a slight pause (not two seconds, though, just enough to clearly enunciate the words) so that people can hear the full city name.
Arguably the word город is derived from the Old Church Slavonic word град(ъ), and not the other way around.
Accents are only for learning. You don't need to type them and they are used only in some textbooks and dictionaries and in very rare cases to remove an ambiguity.
Well an "Ó" is pronounced as "o" in Russian, whereas "O" (without pronunciation mark) is pronounced as "a". In normal Russian literature you will not find those marks cause they are just for the pronunciation. гòрод, is therefore pronounced "Gorad"
Its sounds more like "Gorat" than "Gorod"
Also for Swedish speaking folks the word reminds me of "Gård" which kind of means city but not really.. :D It makes the word easy to remember.
Ukraine.. seriously? Thanks for reminding us how we should remember to hate Russia.