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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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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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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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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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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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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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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]...
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В чем разница в произношении гусь гус и гюсь?

Дифтонговый "с" смягчен "у", но этого не достаточно, чтобы оправдать звук в "гюсь". В чем причина?
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Where does the sound “йи” / iotated и / [ji] occur in Russian?

(Note: I would like to learn Russian, but I have not started yet, so unfortunately I will be making this post entirely in English. I don't mind what language you use for answers.) It seems that the ...
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Pronunciation of “a”

My understanding is that the general rule regarding the pronunciation of "a" in Russian is that it is pronounced [a] (IPA notation). However, in certain cases, it can be pronounced as "и", for example ...
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Pronunciation of “объясняет”

What's the right way to pronounce объясняет? My guess would be something like 'обшсняет' (I'm having a hard time with the hard sign). This is word is somewhat similar to "Eichhörnchen" by the way, it'...
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Pronunciation of лаборатория

I've been told that о is pronounced as а when it's not stressed, however the word лаборато́рия is actually pronounced лабо́рато́рия , why is that?
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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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Pronunciation of “ый”

I'm having a very hard time understanding this pronunciation. Is it safe to assume that ый sounds like ey in hey ? Take the word сильный for instance, the pronunciation on forvo is slightly different ...
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Pronunciation of большую

What is the right way to pronounce большую? The Wiktionary mentions both бо́льшую and большу́ю, what's the difference between them? Is this a special case that you just have to live with?
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Voiced consonants at the end of words

Generally voiced consonants become unvoiced when they're at the end of a word. д is pronounced т б is pronounced п в is pronounced ф г is pronounced к ж is pronounced ш з is pronounced с Are ...
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Pronunciation of “отпуска”

How am I supposed to pronounce отпуска? I've seen both о́тпуска and отпуска́. My dictionary is kinda ambiguous so I'm struggling with this one.
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Combining words for pronunciation

Alright, this might sound stupid but I've been wanting to ask this for a while. Sometimes simultaneously pronouncing each word separately and quickly is bloody difficult (or rather, weird), so I was ...
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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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Pronunciation of “о” [duplicate]

Can someone explain the correct pronunciation of "o"? (I know it may vary but maybe there's some rule of thumb that I can take advantage of). Take just the word мост for example, it seems that "o" is ...
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Pronunciation of “Иванов”

What is the correct way to stress the Russian surname Иванов? I have seen both Ивано́в and Ива́нов.
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«Да святится имя Твое» or «Да святится имя Твоё»?

A colleague of mine asked me to record the text of the prayer for her band to learn. I want to make sure I do it right. In the words «да святится имя Твое» — is the last letter е or ё?
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Words ending with 'ы'

For me, the pronunciation of some words that end with 'ы' sound like they end with 'э', like 'газеты' or 'журналы', but others don't, like 'столы'. What is the reason for this? Do we say always 'э' ...
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Multiple pronunciation of “до”

Why is "До" sometimes said as "da" (in 'До скорого') but sometimes as "do" (as in 'до свидания'). Is there a rule?
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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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“Критический”: How should it be prounounced?

I was creating a Memrise course for Russian the other day and as I was collecting audio files from Forvo to add to it, I came upon this word: крити́ческий Usually, when I make a course, I add a field ...
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Should there be a detectable difference in pronunciation between masculine animate plural nominative nouns whose plural accusative ends in “ей?”

I have noticed that the plural of some animate nouns sounds very similar to its plural accusative. Here are some examples from Forvo so you can hear what I mean: писатели писателей соседи соседей ...
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Correct pronunciation of vowels and soft/hard consonants

I have read in several places online that it would be wrong to use the terms "soft vowels" and "hard vowels", and instead it's more correct to call them vowels which indicate a ...
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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 a difference between “эго” and “это” or the are the same?

I have 2 questions about the same words: 1. Is there a difference between эго and это or the are the same? (I've noticed that the uses of both is almost in the same context, and I suspect that ...
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Why is the letter “г” in some of the Russian words pronounced differently as it should be?

We all agree that the letter г in Russian is equal to G in English. But Why does the letter г in some of the Russian words sound different as it should be? For example: сегодня = pronounced ...
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Why is щ transliterated as “shch”?

It doesn't match with the pronunciation of the letter in Russian at all. A transliteration closer to the spelling would be rather "shj", "sh' " or something similar. Besides, I've seen it ...
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How to pronounce long decimal numbers?

I know that there's not a very simple way to pronounce decimals in Russian. Literally it would translate as "X entire ones, X tenths/hundredths/etc.", where X is feminine. As such, 0.1 becomes ноль ...
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How to transliterate 中文 in Mandarin pronunciation to Russian?

I am working on an art project that I would like to collect the hundreds of different transliterations of 「中文」 zhōng wén in Mandarin Chinese. (Pronunciation available here: https://translate.google....
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Should the “о” in Russian be pronounced as a short “a”?

Should the O in Russian be pronounced as a short A (like a short A as in English)?
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Pronunciation of “лошадь”

How do you pronounce "лошадь" (horse)? My (beginner) attempt is "lo-sha-dy", with "dy" that tricky soft y sound. On Duolingo, the pronunciation seems to be "oh-vo-shet". Am I mishearing or is there ...