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What's the difference between the alphabet sounds of these letters?

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I don't have Russian keyboard installed on my laptop so forgive me, but...

The letter that looks like "3" and the letter than looks like "X but with a vertical line through it too".

I am told the former sounds like the S in Pleasure, and the latter sounds like Z in Zoo.

However, aren't these actually the same sounds anyway?

I thought "3" could be like Sh in Shoe, but W has that pronunciation anyway...

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/muscletwink
muscletwink
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No, they aren't.

З is the "z" sound in "zoo". Easy

ж is this sound: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiced_retroflex_sibilant

Click on the examples so that you hear how it's pronounced.

By the way, here's the pronunciation of "pleasure" in English, in case you didn't know/aren't a native speaker: http://fr.forvo.com/word/pleasure/#en

ш is kind of like the "sh" in "shoe, but not quite. You'll find more info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiceless_palato-alveolar_sibilant

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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Ш is a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiceless_retroflex_sibilant—i.e. an unvoiced version of Ж; it is the same sound that is written 'sz' in Polish and 'sh' in pinyin.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/muscletwink
muscletwink
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yes, sorry, you're right, my bad.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
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It's the other way around.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anno-Domini
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The letter З is z in zoo, and the letter Ж is like the letter s in the word Pleasure.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rashad89
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Here is a nice table explaining the Russian alphabet

http://www.russianlessons.net/lessons/lesson1_alphabet.php

2 years ago