Pronunciation of у
I noticed in the notes section of the first lesson that it's mentioned that у is spelt like the [oo] in book. I'm fairly sure most English speakers pronounce this as an "uh" sound, like the [u] in "tuck" or the [oo] in "took" or "look".
As far as I've learned, у is pronounced more like the [oo] in "food", which is "longer" than the previously mentioned sound. Unless my understanding is wrong. :S
I'm hoping someone could either elaborate, or that I can contribute to a correction of the notes. :D
I am a native Russian speaker, and I can't tell the difference between "oo" in "took", "look" and "food"... well... maybe "food" is a little longer, but to my Russian ear this is really an insignificant subtlety. And does not "tuck" sound with an "ah" sound? Like in "fun"?
I'd suggest listening to native speakers to learn proper pronunciation. Forvo.com is a great resource when you want to hear a specific word. I can't think of an English sound that is exactly the same as Russian У. Books and looks are fine to give you a start.
Hey :) You're right - I might be being a bit pedantic. The difference just sounds like a big one to me, but a foreign speaker will probably still be understood.
To me, "took" and "tuck" sound exactly the same, but apparently there is a very small difference according to some dictionaries. Maybe it's my particular accent. Maybe phonology is weird. >_< It's obviously a lot more complicated. I like that I'm learning things about my own language (as well as just Russian) as time goes on.