The Russian letters are the same as the English ones

The Russian letters  К, M, T, A, O look and sound like the English ones, so they are easy to remember.

А(а) is pronounced like the “a” in the words: car, father, far.

К(к) is  pronounced like the “k” in in the words: kind, kitten, keep or  the English “c” sound in words like “cook”.
Example:
как [kak] (how).

M(м) is pronounced like the “m in the words: map, man, menu but the hand-written м should always start from the bottom).

Example:
мама [màma] (mother), мак [mak] (poppy).

Т(т) is pronounced like the “t” in the words: tap, tool, two.
(The front part of the tongue is pressed against the upper teeth.)
The Russian Тт  for the cursive versions looks different from the printed form or English cursive styles:

О(о) is pronounced like the ”o in the words: more, orange, olive,
when it is in stressed positions and like “a” in unstressed ones.
Example:
кот [kot] (cat, tomcat), aтом [àtam] (atom)
кто [kto] (who)
Кто там? (Who’s there?)
(You can use this phrase when somebody knocks on your door.)

2 thoughts on “The Russian letters are the same as the English ones

  1. You will find it relatively easy to get started with the Cyrillic alphabet because many letters remind those in English. There are six exact sound and look-alikes (A, E, K, M, O, T) while many other Russian letters are similar to their English counterparts by either how they look or sound. However, keep in mind that Russian and English sounds are never absolutely identical and only constant practice will help you acquire the perfect Russian accent.

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