Learn Russian | Start with the Russian Alphabet

If you decided to learn Russian language, the alphabet seen as the first and unavoidable step in learning language. Knowing the alphabet, even better to say knowing the sounds that the letters correspond to is very important. It’s your ticket to reading Russian, and knowing how to read Russian is very important in mastering spoken Russian. 

The Russian alphabet is based on the Cyrillic alphabet, which was named after the ninth-century Byzantine monk, Cyril. Who came up with an idea to create a Slavic alphabet from a mishmash of Latin, Hebrew, and old Latin words and sounds. The Cyrillic script snow used by many Eastern Europe’s Slavic languages (Ukrainian, Russian, Belarusian, Serbian, Macedonian) and by some of the Central Asia’s Altaic languages (Uzbek, Turkmen, Kirghiz and Kazakh).

So I would like to share with you today about Russian alphabet. There are 33 letters in Russian alphabet 10 are vowels and 21 are consonants (1 soft sign and 1 hard sign). In Russian we have capital and lowercase letters (besides for writing we use cursive capitals and lowercase letters instead of block letters). 

Russian alphabet is one of the most logical and easy to read. Once you passed the first impression that it’s different from latin, then you understand this. If to compare it with French alphabet for instance , it’s just piece of cake. When it comes to reading Russian even more easy because you can easily pronounce every letter in the word. Setting aside French which is complete non-sense to the foreigner (sometimes 4-5 letters pronounced with just one sound), even in English you have to remember all those th, gh, ou, oo, ee, ph  structures to know how to read them properly.n There is just one vowel “o” in Russian language that is affected by the accent, i.e. when not accented it is pronounced more like “a” just because it’s easier to pronounce quickly. And the accents are important indeed and there is no clue to figure out the proper accent in some words except to remember it.

But let’s come back to the Russian Alphabet. There are so many videos all over Internet explaining how to learn Russian Alphabet. If you want to learn Russian Alphabet I recommend you to check out my video at

The method I used, you can find in many books. On my opinion it’s the best way for English speaking person to memorize the Russian Alphabet.


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