I am a newbie using Memrise (memrise.com - a Russian language app) to build a vocabulary and my pronunciation, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question.
Тhe word, бояться, is pronounced in Memrise as "bi-yat-ca" but I would mistakenly pronounce it as "ba-yat-ca". If the "я" is associated with the start of the second syllable, why is the "бо" portion pronounced as "bi" - as though the "я" is part of the first syllable? I know that the я is actually two sounds [йа] so even if the й portion was attached to the end of the first syllable, I didn't hear the "а" at the start of the second syllable, I hear the full "я.
Can anyone explain or refer me to the grammar rule guiding the pronunciation sound of а vowel followed by я?