FOR PEOPLE LEARNING RUSSIAN FROM ENGLISH
Hi! I am also learning Russian, and because there is a different alphabet, I made a chart to help me learn. You can study this chart or use it for reference. Good luck :D
O sounds like a (actually like bUt) only if it's not stressed - e.g. половина is pronounced like "палавина" . If it's stressed the it's like O - пОльза
Thank you for clarifying! I am still getting the hang of it, but I will change the chart!
I'm not sure if one "O" is correct for "У у". "Oo" for the sound is definitely fine.