I'm studying Russian through the Foreign Service Instutute course available here.
I'm confused about the pronunciation of the letter e. In lesson 1, it says the following about the pronunciation of the letter e:
- In Russian the vowels e and я are given full pronunciation only when they are stressed.
- When unstressed these vowels are pronounced as a short i.
So what I understood was: "Pronounce e as "ye" when they are stressed, otherwise pronounce them as an "i".
But this can't be right, as then I found words in the prepositional case where I hear the unstressed e being pronounced as "ye". Examples below:
I looked up a previous question about the pronunciation of e and it seemed to suggest that what's happening is that the previous consonant is palatalized and the e is still pronounced as Э.
So am I hearing the e as "ye" even though it's being pronounced as Э with a palatalized consonant? Or is there some rule that I am missing?