I'd say вот is "here is" as in demonstrating where something is, whereas здесь is "here" as in the literal place in which you are situated.
I'm inclined to say that "вот" demonstrates the location of something, while "здесь" states the location.
Вот мы говорим, когда что-то кому-то показываем. Только в начале предложения.Здесь говорится или в начале, или в конце предложения, и переводится как here is, there is, there are.
Could someone help me with the pronounciation of здесь? It looks like it would be pronounced 'zdyes,' but I don't think that is what I am hearing.
It should be /zdʲesʲ/. Е, when used after consonants, is not pronounced /je/. Instead, it's pronouned /e/ and it changes the pronounciation of the previous consonant: it makes it soft (palatised). Ь has the same effect: it makes the preceding consonant soft.
For more info and examples, please see my answer here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12679198
If you have trouble pronouncing soft consonants, 'zdyes' might work as a very crude approximation.
Out of curiosity, isn't "нет" pronounced "nyet"? That seems like it goes against the "after consonants" rule
I'm not sure how to read "nyet". «Нет» is pronounced /nʲet/ (palatised n, e, dental t). This doesn't break any rules, other words with не- are pronounced in the same way, e.g. не́фть 'oil (mineral)' is pronounced /nʲeftʲ/ (palatised n, e, f [sometimes palatised], palatised t).
Yes, that is correct. The "e" makes a "ye" sound, hence нет being pronounced nyet
Hi from english you could pronounce it like "is this" it worked out for me, or from spanish "is dis" though in spanish doesn't mean anything. Just for pronunciation.
That's just about right. If you're having trouble with the З (Z) at the beginning, you can say "izdies," but try to minimize the vowel before the З and make the с at the end soft, as indicated by the soft-symbol "ь."
You could substitute "здесь" for "тут" (which also means "here"), couldn't you?
Yes, you can use either.
How do I switch to the Russian alphabet ?? I began my first lesson by using English letters, but I want to learn the Cyrrilic ..... can anyone help me ?
On your phone there may be a language section and all you have to do is download the Russian keyboard
On a computer it's through control panel where time settings are.
On a side note if you're going to use Cyrillic you should start at memrise.com
I tried to start here and was horribly confused. After using memrise a little I find these lessons MUCH easier. It starts of teaching letters and their sounds.
Keybr.com can help you learn touch typing with Cyrillic keyboard. Just going into the site's settings and change the keyboard layout to Russian. Though you'll need to do it on your computer. Once you've added the Russian keyboard it'll appear the bar on your screen as 2-3 letters. You can click on it to switch manually or press left alt key + shift to quick change between languages.
Depends on what phone you have, in my case (samsung galaxy A5 (2017) ) next to the spacebar on the left side there is a button, hold it until you can choose the settings (gear wheel) in the settings you can choose languages, just (google russian keyboard samsung) and you will get the name of the language you have to search for, because there are more than one, download it, and now you can switch languages on the spacebar, for example, i have the german layout and the Kyrillic and if i swipe my spacebar to the left or the right i get to the each other keyboard layout :) hope i could help -Bananenmilch :з
in addition you can say вот здесь to show by your finger the specific place )
I was told I was wrong when I wrote "My father's here," rather than "My father is here." >_<
No, sorry: as there's a question mark, the translation needs to have the grammatical form of a closed question (i.e.: 'is my dad here?' - Subject-Verb inversion).
Hope this helps.
I know that this answe is wrong, but "is dad here?" Should be accepted in my opinion. When somebody says dad it usually implies that they are talking about their dad.