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Can Russians naturally pronounce "попал в бесперспективняк"?

I think it's a word which was specifically coined to be difficult to pronounce. There are many quasi-linguistic jokes about either complexity or uniqueness of the Russian language which feature silly ...
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Why do we split double consonants from Russian loanwords?

The general logic behind word division rules is that division shouldn't make the word harder to read. For this reason, the symbols that change sounds (as in your example with "ь") get ...
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Are there any common words with the syllable "кы"?

After a couple of days of thinking over it all I have finally decided to put down the whole story of кы, гы, хы the way I understand it. My story will begin with what the answer by Quassnoi begins, ...
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Can Russians naturally pronounce "попал в бесперспективняк"?

As for me, it's difficult to pronounce that phrase fast, but maybe it's because I've never even thought of saying such a silly word, and I can hardly imagine someone who'd use it. On the other hand, ...
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Are there any common words with the syllable "кы"?

The difference between и and ы after consonants in Russian is not phonematic, and neither is the difference between palatalized and non-palatalized к, г, х. You can probably find some degenerate ...
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Declensions with non-ending consonant removed: судно,...?

According to this forum thread (Russian), суда is a suppletive plural much like люди, albeit from the same root. The plural forms come from суд, in its Old Russian meaning of "vessel" (which is also ...
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How to pronounce the word агнцев (three consonants in row)?

You can hear my pronunciation here (I'm a native speaker): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9c5ff-vyZgcTi00c2VMUC00VWc/view
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Are there any common words with the syllable "кы"?

You will also hardly find гы, хы syllables. The common quality of these phonemes is that к, г, х are заднеязычные согласные and they followed the same patterns of phonological changes as they (the ...
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How to pronounce the word агнцев (three consonants in row)?

You pronounce a schwa between г and н: ['agənt͡sɨf]. However, if the poetic rhythm calls for a two-syllable word, like here: С тобой люблю я, в мыслях сладких, Собрать, устроить, просветить ...
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Can Russians naturally pronounce "попал в бесперспективняк"?

If they use this word in a conversation then I assume they used it many times and won't have trouble with it. It's slang so not all native speakers will use it. I would use something more precise ...
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Secondary articulation in Russian

Most but not all: й, ч and щ are always soft ж, ш and ц are always hard.
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Correct pronunciation of vowels and soft/hard consonants

и and ы don't have a minimal pair that doesn't also involve a soft/hard contrast of the preceding consonant; therefore scholars consider them allophones of the same phoneme. That said, they're (for ...
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