New Russian letters and sounds

The sounds are familiar, but they don’t have their own letter in English.

Ю (ю) is pronounced like the word “you” or the “u” in the words: university, unit, universe.
Example:
юг [yug] (south), юбка [yubka] (skirt), люблю [lyublyu] (I love)

Я (я) is pronounced like the “ya” in the word: yard.
Example:
я [ya] (I), ягода [yàgаdà] (berry), яблоко [yàblaka] (apple).

Ё (ё) is pronounced like the word “your” or “yo” in the words: yogurt, yonder.
In modern Russian Ё (ё) you can be written as Е (е).
Example:
ёлка [yòlka] (Christmas tree), лёд [lyod] (ice), актёр [aktyor] (actor).

Ж (ж) is pronounced like “s in the words: usually, measure, pleasure or like “g” in the word beige. This sound is represented as “zh“.
Example:
жара [zharà] (heat), жена [zhenà] (wife), жир [zhir] fat), жук [zhuk] (beetle).

Ц (ц) is pronounced like to the “ts” sound  in the words: sits, its.
Example:
цвет [tsvet] (colour), цветок [tsvetok] (flower), цифра [tsifra] (numeral).

Ч (ч) is pronounced like the “ch” in the words: children, church, chips.
Example:
час [chas] (hour), часто [chàsta] (often), чек [chek] (check).

Ш (ш) is pronounced like the “sh” in the words: she, short, shut.
Example:
шарф [sharf] (scarf), шутка [shutka] (joke), шея [sheya] (neck), шёлк [sholk] (silk).

Щ (щ) is pronounced like “shch” but with a tongue on the roof of the mouth.
Example:
щека [shcheka] (cheek), щенок [shchenok] (puppy), щётка [shchyotka] (brush)

Ы (ы) is pronounced like the “i” in the words: ill, bit. This sound is represented as “y
Example:
сыр [syr] (cheese), дым [dym] (smoke), усы [oosy] (mustache).

Й (й) is pronounced like the “yin  in the words: yellow, yes.
Example:
чай [chay] (tea), мой [moy] (my), яйцо [yaytso] (egg).

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