I am struggling with the word "рождéния". I have used Google Translate but I want to run this by you. You are smarter than the Google machines.

Is the prounaciation "rozdenja" or "razdenja". I assume that with the "я" I shoukd in this case end the word with an "-ja". Let me know what you think about this. I am using that word together in a sentence with: "день рождéния".

  • Learn Russian transcription and probnounciation rules.
    – Anixx
    Oct 4, 2015 at 1:58
  • 01:03:22 Само собою разумеется, что ротик раскрывался при этом случае очень грациозно. Ко дню рождения приготовляемы были сюрпризы:… Гоголь Николай - Мёртвые души I Том. Часть 1 (аудиокнига) youtu.be/-U3UUsPMqzY?t=1h3m22s
    – Avtokod
    Oct 5, 2015 at 9:46
  • 06:03:29 Уже родились они с ним в минуту рождения его в свет, и не дано ему сил отклониться от них. Гоголь Николай - Мёртвые души II Том. youtu.be/eSh3rmZUbkY?t=6h3m29s
    – Avtokod
    Oct 5, 2015 at 10:09

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(Using English pronunciation shorthand)

You can pronounce it as "rƏzh- D'EH- knee- yah" ('k' in 'knee' is silent of course). The third syllable is different in the word "рожденья", note the soft sign where in the other 'и' is. That word is pronounced as "rƏzh- D'EN'- yah".

As you can see, in both the letter 'я' stands by itself and hence needs to contain the fricative(?) 'j' sound (English 'y').

  • The schwa in the first syllable isn't standard. Except in the south, it's "razh-" with a full [a]. Oct 3, 2015 at 19:22
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    @NikolayErshov Full [a]? Are you from Moscow? ;) "S dnyom raaaazhdenya" :)
    – codeholic
    Oct 5, 2015 at 20:54
  • Not "S dnom", surely! "Z dnyom..." Oct 5, 2015 at 20:57
  • @codeholic Pre-emphatic а's are full, as in unreduced, in all Central Russian pronunciations. The regional differences are purely quantitative. Anyway, yes I am from Moscow and that little impression you did is how people talk in Pskov, not Moscow. Moscow [a]'s are wide and sharp, not long-drawn. S dnyom rA!!zhdeniya :) Oct 5, 2015 at 22:30

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