I found the following sentence:

Это мой ребёнок.

I looked up for the word and it returned "a child" or "a baby".

However, it seems that "ребенок" (е, not ё) also returned "a child" or "a baby".

Is there any difference between the two words? How can I differentiate one from the other?

  • 1
    I gathered all ё-related questioins under single tag: буква-ё.
    – Artemix
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 9:06
  • @Artemix, maybe we should create a Frequently Asked Question about ё?
    – user244413
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 8:13
  • All of these are Ребёнок: a baby = Малыш, Младенец; a toddler = <no analogue in Russian>; a teenager = Подросток.
    – BlackBada
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 10:14
  • @BlackBada , a toddler = кроха
    – Avtokod
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 13:34

3 Answers 3


The only difference is the way of writing the word. In modern written Russian it is quite often acceptable to write е instead of ё, especially when there is no confusion in meaning, and ребенок is unambiguous. Read more in related questions: "Using written е instead of ë", "Is 'ё' a distinct letter, or is it just 'е' with a diaeresis?".


е and ё is a equal in most times, but in official documents, passports and other this difference have big value (and make big problems, if in password ё and in other documents - е).

ё used as ligature for йо: ёлка, ёж, тяжёлый (but йогурт, not ёгурт). Also ё used in handwriting.

In books and press uses е for replace ё (simple tipesettings) without losing values.

Article in Wikipedia about ё (RUS).

  • 1
    "if in password" - misstype? Should be "if in passport"?
    – Prizoff
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 21:17

Ребёнок = Ребенок, there is no difference.

Russian vowels are paired this way:

  • а - я [а - йа]
  • о - ё [о - йо]
  • у - ю [у - йу]
  • э - е [э - йэ]
  • ы - и [ы - и]

Letter ё sounds differently from e, they even are not paired. But letter ё just became unlicky for it's look, people are lasy "put dots on the i's". There were modern attempts to exclude this letter from alphabet, and were movements to protect letter ё.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.