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How to use "ь" ?

I'm so confused about the usage of "ь" and also it's pronunciation. Please somebody help !

June 24, 2015



Ь never prononsed! It is just a mark what show that previous letter is pronounced softly. Sorry for my english.

hard Н кіН (a stage) http://forvo.com/word/%D0%BA%D1%96%D0%BD/#uk

soft Н кіНЬ (a hourse) http://forvo.com/word/%D0%BA%D1%96%D0%BD%D1%8C/#uk

hard Т зрісТ (height) http://forvo.com/word/%D0%B7%D1%80%D1%96%D1%81%D1%82/#uk

soft Т радісТЬ (joy) http://forvo.com/word/%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%B4%D1%96%D1%81%D1%82%D1%8C/#uk


I may be wrong but I don't think one can pronounce that letter. It's kinda softening a consonant that precedes it. You are doing French so, maybe this example will make sense to you. The way you pronounce "elle" in French would sound like "єль" (sort of).

It's hard to explain, may be this link will help, it's not much but anyway. http://www.pysanky.info/Ukrainian_Language/Soft.html


Small correction: the way you pronounce "elle" in French sounds like "ель", not "єль". The "є" sound is the "ye" as in "YEar" in English, while "е" is the "e" in "Energy".


Thank you very much.

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