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Is it important to learn the Russian Cyrillic alphabet?

And if yes, do you have any tips on how to do so?:)

July 30, 2016



Yes, it really is important, otherwise you wouldn't be able to understand the correct pronunciation of many words, not to mention the fact that outside of Duolingo most resources use only the Cyrillic alphabet. It will take a couple of weeks to get used to it, but it's definitely worth learning :)

You can learn all the letters and their pronunciation very quickly with this wonderful video course, "Russian Alphabet Made Easy": http://www.russianpod101.com/index.php?cat=38 (registration is free!)

And here you can find some tips on how to actually learn to type with the Cyrillic alphabet: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16879091


I learned using this:


it took 30 min. to memorize.


Handwriting looks much different than type font. So I used this:


I used these to learn Cyrillic! They are great!!


Handwritten letters are equally important since they can too be found in books. Thanks for the links !


Wow! I did not know that!

No problem! Glad to help!


Absolutely yes. After all, if you want to read Russian books or Russian conversations online, you won't find any written in transliteration.

Learning the alphabet does not take long at all, just keep at it. Although it is not what I used, this (Tape 1) looks good. As does online material that others have mentioned. Note that Misakachi's "bonus," learning Russian handwriting, is really worth following up on once you've begun to feel comfortable with the printed alphabet.


It is important but honestly is not difficult to do if you practice. Keep reciting it regularly, and start to read some texts even if you don't know what they mean. You'll pick it up.


Yes, it's vital, unless you are okay with basically being illiterate in the language. And trust me, the sooner you learn it, the better.

As well as the other suggestions, I strongly suggest practising writing by hand. In my experience, it's really helpful in cementing a new alphabet in your brain.


Yes, the alphabet cyrillic is very important. I study russian and I think is very important for know the pronunciation of each letter and word and when you remember the alphabet cyrillic you can read fast.

This is complete http://www.memrise.com/course/85443/russian-alphabet/

PS: Sorry for my english :D Удачи!


Yes it is, and it's easy anyway. I used the Learn Cyrillic in 3 Hours app in itunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/russian-alphabet-mastery-learn/id762218971?mt=8 It says 3 hours, but it will really only take you just over two...


I recommend learning the Cyrillic alphabet. Sing along with this and you will memorize it in no time at all! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQa6tWPCe_g&list=FL8W-b8LJ9Qj1iKaNp6CMZCw&index=77&feature=plpp_video. I also recommend you find a cyrillic keyboard for your computer so you can learn to type in cyrillic. And also, learn the cursive. Both of these skills enable you to write faster—a great skills for taking advantage of online resources and for note-taking in class. It took me only a couple of weeks to learn each.


I covered a few ways to memorize Cyrillic using mnemonics (for English speakers) here:


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    Yes. And learn to transliterate, so you'll master both.


    " There are a number of other transliteration schemes for Russian. The one shown here is the BGN/PCGN romanization system, which was developed by the United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN) and by the Permanent Committee on Geographical Names for British Official Use (PCGN). It is designed to be relatively intuitive for English speakers to pronounce, and is also known as the British Standard. "

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