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Examples of mid-open and mid-closed vowels in Russian

I am looking for Russian word pairs illustrating the distinction between mid-open and mid-closed vowels. Although the distinction is not significant in Russian, both types are probably realized, which ...
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Pronunciation and IPA transcription of "Нева"

I learned different grammar rules. Regarding vowels I learned the rule that there is an "j" added / vowels are spoken with a j if: in the beginning of a word (like яблоко [jáblaka]) after a ...
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How exactly do we pronounce soft vowels (е, ё, ю, я)

I do not understand the exact way of choosing between the following pronunciations : е : "yè" or "è" Ё: "yo" or "o" Я: "ya" or "a" Ю: "...
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Which letters will possibly have stress marks above them?

I'm writing a program that does many things, but one thing it needs to do is remove stress marks above Russian letters if there are any. Can someone tell me if these are all the letters that I will ...
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Are there any common words with the syllable "кы"?

Some time ago a Russian academic visitor told me that there are no "normal" Russian words with the syllable кы. He said that the only words with the syllable кы are proper names given by non-Russian ...
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The cases where "о" is pronounced as "a" [duplicate]

I'm working on Russian pronunciation and I have come across a couple of words containing letter о. зовут is pronounced as zavut хорошая is pronounced as xaroshaya There are lots of such words where ...
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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 sometimes pronounce "о" as "a", and sometimes as "o" — why is this? Another thing, if I choose to ...
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Representing long vowels in Russian Cyrillic

In Russian, there's no such thing as distinguishing between long and short vowels. My question is — nevertheless, are there any orthographic rules for representing long vowels in Russian? Do double ...
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