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Russian pronunciation of /etc (a directory)

Abstracting from the fact that it is usually pronounced as in English, how /etc (https://www.tldp.org/LDP/sag/html/etc-fs.html) should be pronounced in Russian? I was under the impression that, as it ...
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Is the word “вечер” pronounced like “ˈvʲet͡ɕɨr” even though the IPA for it is “ˈvʲet͡ɕɪr”?

Is the word "вечер" pronounced like "ˈvʲet͡ɕɨr" or "ˈvʲet͡ɕər" even though the IPA for it is "ˈvʲet͡ɕɪr"?
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Why is the IPA for the Russian word “здание” is /ˈzdanʲɪje/ although people pronounce it like /ˈzdanʲɪjə/?

Why is the IPA for the Russian word "здание" is /ˈzdanʲɪje/ although people pronounce it like /ˈzdanʲɪjə/? Do Russians pronounce the IPA letter "e" like "ə" if it is at the end of the words?
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What is the IPA for the Russian word “разные”?

Do you know what the IPA for the Russian word “разные” is?
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Difference of pronunciation between ɐ and ə

Due to the bad example they give in the table shown above i cannot tell the difference between the two. about and bud both sound exactly the same to me and to anyone i ask (i am a native in the u.s). ...
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Effect of palatalization on a consonant before и

I have been studying the different effects that happen to vowels when a preceding consonant becomes palatalized and i am having trouble figuring out the exact sound of и when there is a palatalized ...
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Why is the Russian informal phone greeting “алё” equivalent to the Turkish one?

I recently discovered that the Russian informal phone greeting, алё, precisely coincides with the Turkish one. When you hear "алё," you absolutely cannot tell whether it is a Russian or a Turk who is ...
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Why is there a “ц” in “Сан-Франциско”?

San Francisco, Сан-Франциско in Russian, is a Spanish name meaning "Saint Francis". The Сан in the city name is a direct phonetic adoption, but the Франциско differs from the Spanish in the inclusion ...
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Why do some people pronounce “о” as “a” and some just pronounce “o” as “o”?

It makes no sense to me; when I'm listening to Russians on YouTube they all do it either way, another thing. If I choose to do most of my o’s as a’s will there be others who don't still understand me?
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What Russian words other than “дрожжи” have a soft ж in common pronunciation?

Although it is sometimes taught that there is no soft ж in Russian, in fact this is not so and many Russians pronounce a soft ж in the word дрожжи. What other Russian words contain a ж which is ...
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Why is по pronounced “po” but по русски is pronounced pa-ruski? Or am I saying one of them wrong? [duplicate]

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 ...
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How to pronounce the unstressed е in прише́дшие?

Wikipedia says: ... /e/ has merged with /i/ (or /i/ and /ɨ/ if /ɨ/ is considered a phoneme): for instance, лиса́ (lisá) 'fox' and леса́ 'forests' are both pronounced /lʲiˈsa/, phonetically ...
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Two different pronunciation of “понял”

I just searched for phonetic of понял and found these: по́нял [пон’ил] поня́л [пан’ал] Please let me know that both are correct? and have same meaning as Got it!?
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Why does the word “четверг” sound as “четвергх”?

Why does the word "четверг" sound as "четвергх"? I've noticed that people don't pronounce it as it's written, do they? If they don't, what is the reason for that? n.b. We already had here a post ...
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Is there stress on two letters on the word стоят

i cannot figure out the pronunciation of this word стоят is it stOyat, Stoyit, stoYat, i am very confused i checked this website that annotates words but it shows two different one http://russiangram....
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What distinguishes the “hushers” (ч, ш, щ, ж) linguistically from other consonants?

I've seen the word "hushers" used to describe the Russian consonants ч, ш, щ, ж (especially in the context of spelling rules). Is this an accepted linguistic concept or is it just a convenient name ...
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Как правильно: сЕссия или сЭссия?

В интернете пишут, что оба варианта допустимы в речи. Хотелось бы узнать, какой из них официальнее с точки зрения орфографии? Спасибо!
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Произношение слова “аллилуйя”

Есть песня, в которой произносят слово "Аллилуйя" чуть непривычно, как будто писалось "аллэлуя". Вот такое произношение я до сих пор никогда не слышал. Возможно, что от влияния английского языка, у ...
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What's the pronunciation of “явью”

I got this a message from my friend with the following photo in which it says: " Новый год уже совсем близко... Пусть Новогодняя сказка станет явью, а все мечты исполнятся. As I understand it ...
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Vowel reduction of pretonic [о]

This is a two-part question; I hope that's allowable. I'm aware that an unstressed о is usually reduced, though there are some exceptions -- specifically in borrowed words, such as стерео or радио. ...
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Pronunciation in “духи” (perfume) and (spirits) [closed]

I went on wikipedia and i understood the stressed but i dont understand the sound of х in these words thank you
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Pronunciation of “нервный”

It is not proceeded by a vowel, why is it nyervный, i checked on ru wikipedia its nyervный I really still dont understand the rules of e[je] im so confused 😰😰😰😰
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Pronunciation of “жёлтый”

I thought that ё was always stressed, but in the word жёлтый its pronounced ZHOL-tiy, if this is right then when is ё unstressed? Is it because of palatalization? Thank you in advance 😇
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Rule of “е” after a vowel

The rule is "е" sounds like "ye" after a vowel, does the е[ye] have to be right in front of the vowel to sound like [ye] or can it be anywhere behind "e" throughout the word?
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Pronunciation of зелёный

I have listened to it about a thousand times and i still cannot get it , зелёный Is it like this zyelyoный? I can say the end but is the beginning right, thank you 🙏
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Pairs of words differing only in a soft sign

When I was taking my ten week Russian course years ago, I ran across an MP3 with sample sounds. The pair that got me very worried was Борис vs Борись. At the time, I could hear only the vaguest ...
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Pronunciation of не

Is it always pronounced "nye"? I've searched online but found no sources on it. I hear it sometimes as ни and sometimes as не.
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Pronouncing the letter “е”

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 ...
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Does preposition “c” change pronunciation of following to unvoiced?

Example sentence: Я встал с дивана. I got up from the couch. Does the "с" change the pronunciation of the following "д" to "т"? Or, does it go the other way, with the "с" changing to sound like "з"...
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Почему “Венера”, а не 'Венус"?

In Latin, Венера is Venus. A similar word "corpus" is translated as "корпус", not as "корпора" (or "корпор" if we take its gender into account). Why is then Venus not Венус?
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Pronunciation of interjection “ого”

I've always thought it should be pronounced with the standard Russian voiced velar stop Г [g]. But lately i've been hearing recordings where it's pronounced as voiced glottal fricative [ɦ] like the ...
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Do you pronounce the “ме” sound differently in“имена́” and “и́мени”?

имена́ [ɪmʲɪˈna] {vs}: и́мени [ˈimʲɪnʲɪ] At least according to IPA, these two "ме" sounds should be pronounced the same way. But I seem to notice that the "mʲɪ" sound placed ...
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Velarisation of Russian hard consonants

I often read that Russian consonants are "harder" than English ones--that is, they are velarised. I understand how this affects the consonant when pronounced in isolation--Т, Т, Д, Д--with secondary ...
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Sound of ⟨д⟩ in Днепр

I recently realized that the first phoneme in the word Днепр is not [d̪] at all. The position of my tongue is very much different from what it takes to pronounce [d̪], or [d] for that matter. What’s ...
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What are the rules for splitting syllables [duplicate]

As far as I know syllables are split at the vowel, whereas in English it's often at a consonant. But today I came across this word— Щипцы (Tongs) Apparently it is split like this— Щип-цы (I ...
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Dialectical pronunciation of “-ого”

Which modern dialects of Russian still pronounce the genitive adjective ending ого as written, instead of ово? Donbass, perhaps? Is the sound closer to g or to h? Are students being compelled to ...
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How do residents of Vologda pronounce the name of their city?

As far as I know, Russian people in the city of Vologda speak with an accent, in which the unstressed Russian 'о' in some words sounds like a stressed one. I wonder if it's also true for the name of ...
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Pronunciation of “ять”

Are there any modern dialects of Russian that preserve traces of the old phonetic distinction between “e” and “ѣ” (ять)? Lomonosov described “ѣ” as тонкий, “e” as дебелый, with “ѣ” always to be ...
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Pronunciation of “часа”

What is the right way to stress the word часа? I've seen both ча́са and часа́, is there a special case for each?
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Stressed and unstressed [a]

I'm having some trouble distinguishing [ɐ] and [a]. In fast speech I usually pronounce [ɐ] like [a]. Such as Алáния or Голосá. Does it really matter?
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Is мне stressed?

Is мне stressed (as in, is it pronounced mnyeh?)? Is this always the case? If not, what are some examples? Also, what about other short words such as по?
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Regression with soft sounds

How strange would it sound to make the preceding consonants soft in the following words?— All examples are from Jones and Ward (1969) The Phonetics of Russian. Furthermore, all examples are from the ...
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How to pronounce the second last unaccented “о” sound, as in “слишком”, “самом”?

слишком рано на самом деле These "о"s correspond to the IPA "ə". I seem to notice some speakers pronounce it like the pure "o" sound, as in "он" or "долг&...
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Pronunciation of Ч before Р

In чрезмерно, чрезвычайный, is the first ч pronounced the usual way, or rather [ш], like in что?
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Pronunciation of конечно

So recently I came across this word and I noticed that it's actually pronounced конешно. I thought I was missing something but the "voiced consonants rule", does not mention the letter ч being ...
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How to pronounce the “ое” ending in “лёгкое”, “прошлое”?

лёгкое How do you pronounce the "ое" sound {IPA: [əjə]} at the end of a neuter nominative adjective such as "лёгкое"? I notice three different pronunciations: -кое {with a weak "о" sound} -ке ...
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Pronunciation of “й” in adjective endings

How exactly is й pronounced in adjective endings such as ий/ ый? I seem to remember something, from some of the first grammar books that I read, about it being more or less silent--not having any ...
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Does the letter г ever have a soft “J” sound?

When they say it sounds like the "G" in English, do they mean the hard G sound like Gary, the soft G like Genuine, or both?
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Why pronounce “хрена” differently in “ни хрена подобного”?

Ни хрена подобного. Usually, the genitive "хрена" is pronounced as "хре́на", correct? I wonder why in this specific instance, the accent has to be moved to the last letter: "хрена́", thereby altering ...
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Pronunciation of some letters

Even though the letter щ is many times transliterated as shch or shtch (depending on the transliteration language), is it actually pronounced as [шч], or rather, as an extended [ш], or as a double [шш]...