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”.
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).
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.
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.)