"э" sounds like ue in "que" (in Spanish) or like A in Accent, Advanced, Allow.
and E sounds like ye in yellow (English) for example vecher вечер (evening), leto лето (summer)
Actually, "e" is read "ye", but "э" is read like "e" in example or like "a" in apple, for example! :D Russians have:
я = "ya" е = "ye" ё = "yo" ю = "yu"
That "y" is used to "soften" the letter before, in some cases. That's why Russian is so difficult to people that speak non-Slavic languages.
e" is read "ye", but "э" is read like "e"
However, the phoneme /e/ has two variants (allophones):
- after soft consonants and /j/ (which is where «е» is usually written) a closer vowel variant is pronounced, more similar to Spanish e: [e]
- after hard consonants, vowels and in the beginning of word (where «э» is usually written), a more open variant is pronounced, closer to A in Accent: [ɛ].
This distinction is not important for Russian speakers, so we don't notice it, but it might be useful for foreigners. So what Vikipulka said is also true.
It's just two different ways of analysing it.
Sorry but е in вечер, лето does not sound like ye in yellow. Ye in yellow sounds like [йэ] and вечер, лето don't have a [й] sound before е.
E could be like YE (yellow) in word ЕСТЬ E also could be more like eng A in word ВЕЧЕР
That's exactly how im learning languages. I compare them to sounds in english and spanish and mux it up nice~
Hmm, I think Ana should be accepted too! In Serbian, we say Ana, so I made a mistake, but anyway, it should be accepted at least as a typo!
While in Russian we often pronounce double and single consonants in the same way, this audio does pronounce «нн» longer than «н».
Again with Tim! Who the f**K is Tim?! Why is he so important that I have to introduce him to people?! XD
I assume for the sake of learning the alphabet. We did this with my Russian classes as well.
It's always pronounced this way. In «это», э is the stressed syllable, and то is unstressed (we often mark this with an accent: э́то). Only stressed vowels are pronounced as written. Unstressed «о» sounds like «а».
I am typing the closest english letter equvilents. I tried to download a cyrillic keyboard on my phone, but the language choices are in cyrillic and i cant recognize which is russian. Anyone able to type russian in cyrillic for me?
No, it's definitely not Чим to a Russian speaker's ear. We might pronounce soft t like a soft variant of Ц (in fact, in a closely-related Belarusian Тим is even spelled with Ц, Цім; this doesn't cause confusion because Ц is always hard in Russian), but not as Ч.
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