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Ukrainian Alphabet 2 — Letters that look alike but sound different

Ukrainian Alphabet 2 — Letters that look alike but sound different


Welcome back This is the second video in the basic alphabet
series and today I will introduce you to the letters that look like English letters but
stand for different sounds. These letters are some of the most challenging
for learners due to the fact that it’s very easy to get confused whether the letter is
Latin or Cyrillic especially when it’s given out of context. Thus, it’s okay to have some difficulty
and you should allocate as much time as you need to get used to them. It may be helpful to re-watch this video multiple
times to let it sink in better. Since the letters stand for different sounds
in English than the letters written in Ukrainian, I will address them by the sound they stand
for. So the letters are: С, Р, В, І, Н, У, Х SUH RUH VUH EE NUH OO KHUH Try to pronounce everything as I say it. First I will say the letter name in Ukrainian
and the sound it stands for, then I will provide a word where you could observe a different
English letter making the same sound. For convenience, we will split these letters
into 3 subgroups. Let’s begin. The first group consists of the letters:
С and Р The first letter is S, it stands for the sound
SUH and is equivalent to the sound of the letter S as in SUN. As you could see, even though it looks like
a letter С it makes the soft S sound. This soft SUH sound is equivalent to the sound
of the letter C as in words circle and city. The next letter is ERR. It stands for the rolling R and is most closely
related to the letter R as in ROBOT. If you say it in the Russian Accent like R-ROBOT. As you can see, even though it looks like
a letter P it makes the sound of the rolling R. The second group is:
В and І The letter named VEH stands for the sound
VUH and is equivalent to V AS IN VOTE Next, is the Letter EE. It stands for the sound EE and is equivalent
to the sound EE AS IN FEET or I as in MACHINE The third and the last group consists of the
letters that stand for the following sounds: НУХ The first letter is N, it stands for the sound
NUH and this sound is equivalent to the letter N as in NINE. The second letter is OO that looks like English
Y, it stands for the sound OO and is equivalent to double O sound as in FOOT. Now we’ve reached the last letter in this
group named KHA. It looks like an X but it stands for a sound
KHUH which could be found in the words of foreign origin like letters KH as in KHAN
and CH as in LOCH. Again, it stands for the sound KHUH. Thank you so much for watching! The next part of the alphabet should be coming
out soon!

One Reply to “Ukrainian Alphabet 2 — Letters that look alike but sound different”

  • Makenzie Coker says:

    I love these videos please post the next one soon, I just moved to Ukraine and I know no Ukrainian. No pressure but it would be cool😬

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