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False Friends

In this lesson we'll go over the 5 letters that are in both English and Russian but which have a different pronunciation.

В , в
Transliteration: v
Sounds like: the "V" in Victor.


Cursive:
Upper , Lower


Е , е
Transliteration: ye
Sounds like: 'ye' like yet.


Cursive:
Upper , Lower


Н , н
Transliteration: n
Sounds like: the "n" in nose.


Cursive:
Upper , Lower


Р , р
Transliteration: r
Sounds like: A trilled 'R'. Sometimes pronounced with full blown "rolling r" sound, as in Spanish, usually at the beginning of words and for dramatic effect.


Cursive:
Upper , Lower


У , у
Transliteration: oo
Sounds like: This is a vowel sound, resembling English 'OOH'.


Cursive:
Upper , Lower


Reading Practice
Example 1:

Hand
Ru-ka



Example 2:

Inside
vnootri



Example 3:

Veranda
vye-randa



Example 4:

Bridge
most