The Russian Alphabet

Does anyone have any advice on learning the Cyrillic alphabet and their sounds? Duolingo doesn't do a good job of teaching you the letters and I couldn't find any good alphabet songs in Russian.

October 9, 2018


I did a little .word document for a friend once to introduce them to the Cyrillic alphabet, I can email it to you if you want.

Also, I didn't find most of the children's learning songs on YouTube to be helpful either. You can more-or-less sing the Cyrillic alphabet to the English alphabet / twinkle twinkle little star tune, which I found made it easier for me.

October 9, 2018

Try to keep up your streak. Duolingo teaches you the alphabet as you meet your daily goal. You get more upset if you want to find something that is hard to find.

October 9, 2018

I learned a letter a day, and then I started typing in russian, and that really helped

October 9, 2018

Memrise has some beginner Russian course which in my view teaches the alphabet better than Duolingo, although I would supplement it with some Youtube videos in English teaching Russian as well

October 9, 2018

I know only one song about Russian alphabet, but this movie is in Polish language (only song is in Russian). I like this video more. Fortunetly it's in English. I think you're able to find many similar films on YouTube or just in Google.

October 11, 2018

Well, maybe this only worked for me, but what I did was make a list with what the different symbols stand for. Then I grabbed a book in my own language and started writing down whatever was written in the book in my own language (Czech) in Cyrillic. First few sentences were hard and I made mistakes, but after a few minutes I was already starting to write fast with only a few mistakes. This taught me 90% of the alphabet literally overnight.

Note, I did NOT translate the book. I just turned the Latin into Cyrillic, just so I can use the letters and actually learn them through practice, without the additional struggle of learning the language at the same time. I've learned the LOTR runes this way in the past, too. I encourage you to use pen and paper, too, since you'll really learn the shapes that way.

Maybe it doesn't work as well for everyone, but it worked so incredibly well for me that I had to share it :)

Edit: This doesn't help with the vocal stuff at all, it's just to get familiar with the script.

October 17, 2018
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