Can we please change the pronunciation of сока?
It was funny for the first few times, then got really annoying. What if beginners actually learn to pronounce it like that? It should be an OH sound not an U sound. Thank you.
Russian vowels sometimes reduce in weird ways. Yes, I have problems telling the difference between о and у sometimes (but not between о and а, perhaps because sometimes о just reduces to а and I'm used to that). But yeah. This is a situation where the о shouldn't reduce.
Just to clarify, whenever an "o" isn't stretched it reduces to an "a" e.g. górod is pronounced like górad. It's similar with the e/ye sound, it becomes somewhat like an i, when it's not stretched (e.g. ya lezhú is almost pronounced as ya lizhú).
With 'stretched', do you mean 'stressed'? As in, it is 'stretched' if it has the emphasis?