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What's Kolmogorov's russian name?

I know that the title is a little weird, sorry about that. The thing is that one day I asked my russian instructor, who's russian, how to pronounce Kolmogorov in russian (because it has too many o's) ...
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Translation/transliteration question - “I never know what to say in these moments”.

I came across this line in a movie scene (at about 20 seconds in the video). "I never know what to say in these moments" I looked up the translation in google translate - And the ...
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what would be the correct way to say 'заткнись'

just for the sake of not giving a complement unintentionally
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Д has the sound of a “d” or “b” in ДOM?

Going through Alphabet - LearnRussian I found the sound of Д in ДOM to be of the English letter b (bom). Which go me confused with Б. Cyrillic alphabets states that it has the sound of d (dom) /d/ ...
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Pronunciation norm

Is there a standard Russian pronunciation? If yes, what are its most important features, such as: quality of vowel reduction ([о], [е], and maybe other vowels in unstressed positions); pronunciation ...
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Pronunciation rules for “о” in “поня́ть”

Are there any pronunciation rules for the letter "о"? I wonder why that letter is slightly differently spoken in feminine and masculine version of the sentence "I understand" m: я ...
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Is it bad if I don't bother to pronounce 'o' correctly?

When learning Russian, the most complicated thing for me has always been the pronunciation of the Russian letter 'o'. You know, it's sometimes pronounced like 'a' (like in 'Moskva'), and sometimes ...
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Are there loanwords from English where “h” is transliterated to “х” rather than “г”?

Russian doesn't have a direct equivalent to the sound of English h. But to some English speakers it seems odd that words taken into Russian from English which have an h sound are transliterated using ...
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What function does the soft sign ь have in a word like учишься?

I was taught that certain consonants such as ш are always 'hard'. What function does the soft sign ь have when placed after these 'always hard' consonants? For example, in words such as учишься? Does ...
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What are the various ways to say “.” (period/dot/full stop)?

Examples: - version 1.5 - period at the end of a sentence - decimal point - stackoverflow.com
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Inconsistencies books pronunciation

I am dealing with books explaining different ways to pronounce letters in Russias. Below are examples of some of the cases and pronunciations for those cases that vary. How do I make sense of all this ...
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Is “ж” palato-alveolar or retroflex?

As a native Portuguese speaker, I was told "ж" in Russian is pronounced like the Portuguese and French "j" (IPA: ʒ), a voiced palato-alveolar fricative. However according to Wikipedia the Russian "ж" ...
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Is there a [t͡s] in “с юга”?

In this rendition of the Весеннее танго, I hear "с юга" (for example at 1:04) pronounced as ['st͡sjʉgə]. Am I hearing it right, and, if so, what's the [t͡s] doing there? Is it part of some more ...
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Is there a [b] or a [p] in “Египет”?

I've looked up the pronunciation of the word "Египет" at forvo.com, and while it says that the pronunciation is /jɪˈgʲipʲɪt/, I hear a [b] and not a [p] in both available sound files. Am I hearing it ...
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English expressions like “Шла Саша по шоссе и сосала сушку”, “Мама мыла мою малину” [closed]

I'm a native Russian speaker and I have question for those whose mothertongue is English. Can you recollect some English phrases or expressions with complicated sound and articulation? The Russian ...
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Pronunciation of “е”

Why is "нет" pronounced "nyet" instead of "net"? I was informed that the Cyrillic letter 'е' is equivalent to the Latin letter 'e'. Is this incorrect? If so, what is the equivalent of 'e' if one ...
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Difference in pronunciation between “щ” and “шь”?

I understand that the difference between "щ" and "ш" is (roughly) the difference between "shya-" and "sha-". But how do you differentiate "щ" and "шь"? For example, I always differentiated, for ...
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Is 'й' pronounced as 'j' or 'y'?

The reference material I have been reading is somewhat confusing. Some sources say that Й is equivalent to J, while others say it is equivalent to Y. Which is it? For example, is it pronounced J as in ...
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Pronunciation exercises

Does anybody know good exercises to learn to pronounce /ы/, /ч/, /щ/ and palatalized consonants?
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Are there rules for shortening words? Like “здрасте” instead of “здравствуйте”?

In my previous question, several answers mentioned different ways здравствуйте can be shortened, namely здравствуй and здрасте. Are these special cases, or is it common to shorten words like these? ...
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How do I pronounce the soft sign at the end of a word?

An example of two words which differ only by a soft sign are кон (round, as in "the next round of a game") and конь (stallion, male horse). Often, English speakers do not know how to enunicate the ...
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Почему Евклид, а не Эвклид?

Why is Евклид spelled with Е in Russian? All the other words and names with Greek origin starting with E that I can think of are spelled with Э in Russian. Эратосфен, эвтаназия, эвристика ...
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General rules for stressing words the right way

Твóрог or творóг? How do I know which pronunciation is right without looking it up in the dictionary?
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Pronunciation of unstressed 'я'?

Is there a pronunciation rule for unstressed я? I remember being told that it was closest to English i, for example, as in десять but this doesn't always hold. It seems that at the end of a word ...
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Which syllable is stressed in комплексный?

I looked in a couple of dictionaries, and they claim that комплексный is stressed on o - кóмплексный. However, when it comes to complex numbers in math, most of the professors at my university (many ...
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Learning to pronounce hard R

I'm a native Russian speaker myself, but living in a English speaking country am starting to teach my pre-school daughter Russian myself at home and she is struggling with correctly pronouncing the "...

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