Hello from Russia This is not your personal Russian teacher I am very happy to see you here on my youtube channel so if you wish to learn Russian language You must have high motivation and willpower I hope my lessons help with your language learning So today’s lesson is going to introduce the Russian alphabet to you, guys So put your language learning heads on, set up straight and let us begin Let us approach the alphabet from two points of view the first point of view is how the alphabet is taught by Russian teachers to students in schools the reason it is important to learn the alphabet of any language first because the alphabet is a building system of any language so by learning the alphabet you eventually learn the sound of the language and can focus on pronunciation of words The second point of view is looking at the differences between Russian and English the Russian alphabet consists of 33 letters 21 are consonants and 10 are vowels the remaining two alphabet letters are signs that signify as hard and soft sign in Russian we have six basic vowels sounds Next we have consonant letters Consonant sounds I divided into hard and soft sounds voiced and voiceless sounds next look at examples Paired consonant sounds from the point of hardness and softness Unpaired consonant sounds from the point of hardness and softness Voiced and voiceless consonant sounds can be paired and unpaired voiced consonant sounds require more use of your throat to make the sound unvoiced consonant sounds require more breath to make the sound so voiced and voiceless Let’s look at the second way how the alphabet can be learned We can use existing English words to learn the Russian alphabet This approach is called contextual learning Because it uses what you already know to teach you something new Let’s move on many Russian students during learning of English are confused when they say for example the word “map” O when unstressed this letter makes a sound similar to the Russian A for example the words Молоко the stress falls on the last O мАлАко but not мОлОкО Next letters these letters have similar sounds to exist in English sounds But don’t confuse some of these Russian letters for English ones even if they look like other English letters or even numbers they have different pronunciation Move on this letter has nothing to do with the number three, okay? the next group includes 16 letters of the Russian alphabet They all have an unusual look but sounds are relatively similar to English Let’s move on boy Finally, the last group these letters don’t exist in English I know it’s difficult, but I am sure that you can do that soft sign when this symbol is following a consonant, it influences the way the consonant is pronounced Without this sign it sounds like ЛЕН but we haven’t such word like ЛЕН. We have ЛЕНЬ hard sign the Russian word Union hard sign in between Б consonant Б and vowel Е Because it is in between those two it separates them Without hard sign they would be together as БЕ Which makes a single syllable sound which if read this way will change the meaning of the word Once again when you see this symbol you must pronounce consonant and it’s softer version Hard sign separates consonant and vowel sounds You survived the first lesson in Russian language You have done a great job Please, watch this video a few times until you feel comfortable with the Russian alphabet Have a good day, enjoy your life, enjoy Russian with Naya. See you soon Пока! Пока!