This course is meant for those who don't know how to read Cyrillic and those do, but would like to improve their pronunciations.
Starting with consonants, which make sounds similar to those in English, and two simple vowels - "o" and "a", you will gradually move to completely 'foreign' letters and sounds, practicing and checking your reading and pronunciation skills every step of the way.
From one-syllable words, to words with 5+ syllables, each lesson will guide you through peculiar sounds and give you tips on how to master them. There is a number of tongue twisters to challenge you.
Additional reading practice is available as PDF.
Upon request, Skype practice sessions are available to help you perfect your pronunciation.
Learn letters д, л, н, к, т, о
Pair up Russian and Latin letters whose sounds resemble one another.
Practice reading words with "д", "т", "л", "н", "п", "к", "о".
Learn when д sounds like т
Paired letters "г" - "к", "б" - "п". Learn some simple words with those letters.
Practice roaring your Rrrrrrrrrr (as in Рррррррр)
Additional practice in reading / pronouncing words with the 12 letters we have gone over by now.
Make words out of given letters. Audible comprehension + spelling practice.
Practice the pair "з" - "с".
Practice and learn some words with the letter "c".
Introducing "ж" - "ш". Practice reading / pronouncing words with these letters.
The pair "в" - "ф". As close to the English sounds as they get.
The difference between "y" and "oo".
The sound we don't have in the English language. This will take some practice. Be patient.
Somewhere between pit and Pete there is "и".
The very un-English-like "e".
Learn how vowels change their sound, depending on where the stress falls in a word.
Take it easy, mind the sounds and increase your speed - gradually.
The two special letters, aka signs, which don't make sounds but modify consonants they follow.
The word "I", aka letter "Я", single letters which sound like "you" and "your".
Letters whose sounds resemble "ch"/"tch" and "sh".
The letters whose sounds resemble "t's" and "h". But not quite.
Take it easy and have fun.
The funny looking letter that sounds like "y".
The final letter for this course.
When "ь" is there for decorative (spelling) purposes.
They may sound like "ца", but they are not "ца".
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