The Russian alphabet is as follows:
|Majuscule forms (also called uppercase or capital letters)|
|Minuscule forms (also called lowercase or small letters)|
The Cyrillic alphabet is based on a version of the Greek Alphabet, and the Latin Alphabet is also based on a version of the Greek Alphabet. Thus, there are many similarities between the two alphabets, which makes it much easier to learn the Russian Alphabet.
The following letters are the same in Russian as they are in English:
- Аа - As in "water" (never like apple)
- Кк - As in "kite"
- Мм - As in "mother"
- Оо - As in "bore" when stressed, and as in "father" when unstressed
- Тт - As in "top"
Many of the Cyrillic letters appear similar to our letters, and have similar sounds as our letters. This can be a little bit more tricky to remember, but it's still easier than learning something completely new.
The following letters are similar in Russian as they are in English:
- Ее - As in "yet"
- Сс - As in "city" (never like cash)
- Бб - As in "bus"
- Ээ - As in "let"
The majority of the letters in the Russian alphabet have no similarities to our alphabet. You'll notice that a couple letters may look the same, but really that's only a coincidence.
The following letters are all part of the Russian alphabet:
- Вв - As in "vet"
- Нн - As in "new"
- Рр - As in "rake"
- Уу - As in "boot"
- Хх - Similar to "help" (more details below)
- Гг - As in "good" (never as in "frigid)
- Дд - As in "door"
- Зз - As in "zebra"
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