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Literally, the very first thing in Russian that I learned was the phrase "я не очень хорошо говорю по русски" so I know that по русски is pronounced pa ruski, but I was adding a pronunciation for the word по on Anki and it's actually po and not pa? Am I saying something wrong?

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    Unstressed "o" is reduced to "а" as well as "е" to "и". Apr 26 '19 at 23:41
  • This is a feature of a Moscow accent, the most common accent in Russia. Apr 27 '19 at 0:07
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    "O" in an unstressed position is reduced to something between "o" and "а" or to clear "a" sound, depending on a position in a word, speakers accent and even how fast they talk. It's really a schwa sound. It's not unlike most US accents, think of words like "chocolate" (second "o") or "memory". In fact many vowels in Russian are not pronounced clearly when they are in an unstressed position. There are a plenty of questions and answers here regarding that
    – AR.
    Apr 27 '19 at 4:45
  • This is one of the frequent questions that has been answered numerous times, see for example: When is Russian 'O' pronounced as 'A'
    – tum_
    Apr 27 '19 at 7:21
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    why nothing is pronounced nʌθɪŋ and not noθɪŋ?
    – shabunc
    Apr 28 '19 at 15:00