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Remember, Ivan. When ride horse, you must see horse. You must feel horse. You must BE horse.
Ah. Before a pause or an unvoiced consonant, all voiced consonants are pronounced the same as their unvoiced counterparts (Б, В, Г, Д, Ж, З become П, Ф, К, Т, Ш, С).
An analogy can be drawn. This is similar to how the -ed ending of a verb is always spelt the same, but still is pronounced differently in "booked" and "stayed". And if you are a speaker of German, you do not need any analogy whatsoever ;)
The analogy I've always used was the plural '-s' endings of nouns, which are voiced unless following /f/, /k/, /p/, or /t/ sounds. For comparison: coughs, cakes, caps, and cats have /s/; while coves, cogs, cabs, cods, cans, combs, calls, cars, and cafés have /z/.
I'm having huge problems with the onset sound, which reads as l but seems to be pronounced as I-don't-know-what.
I agree. I actually was wondering if I heard "пл" which makes it a totally different word.
I was sleepy when I heard it for the first time and wrote the comment, that's why I did not say what I did not understand xD
I hear a vowel before the "л", and the "a" sounds to me like an "e".
English is the only language I know that changes the word order depending on whether you are making a question or not.
Is there an etymologyc reason why лошадь and плошадь are that similar? Or just a coincidence?
It's a coincidence. In fact, they don't even seem all that similar for a native speaker. Though, after it was pointed out in this thread, I can see what people are talking about.
Btw, it's "площадь", not "плошадь"; "щ" and "ш" are different letters.
"Мой" is a possessive pronoun meaning "my" - to be precise, the masculine nominative form. "Меня" is the genitive case form of "я", meaning "I". The preposition "у" requires genitive case.
I am wondering about the pronunciation of the fittest letter. To me it sounds like a w, where i expected an l
Russian л does not sound much like an English L (though it sounds similar to "l" in "wheel").
Thanks. That helps with my confusion about what was going on here. I thought I knew the word so when given the type what you hear question I was sure it wasn't Russian for horse.