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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.



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



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



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.



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



Reading Practice
Example 1:

Hand
Ru-ka
Рука


Example 2:

Inside
vnootri
Внутри


Example 3:

Veranda
vye-randa
веранда


Example 4:

Bridge
most
Мост