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Russian for English speakers ABC 03

THE RUSSIAN ALPHABET (continue, page XI)

Russian

Pronunciation
English
AK-NOTE

,

ackvareeoom aquarium  
, allĕgro allegro  
, (d)jandărm (1)

constable (French: gendarme)

 
, (d)jărgohn (1) jargon  
, gara(d)j (1)

garage

 
, fraza (phrase) sentence  
, fackeer fakir

Nearly all Russian words with are borrowed.

, fòrtoona

fortune

 
, cohfay coffee  
, paree(d)j Paris  

Ҩ, (2)

akt'iorr actor  
, amfitay-atrr amphitheatre  

(1) is always sounded as a French j (e.g. joli) or English s in : pleasure.

In Russian, -ar + consonant is not sounded ah (as in English guard, jargon (especially when stressed), but as an ordinary a (in lamp, for instance).

AK-NOTE: Result of all this ->

(2) is sounded io, as a single sound (cf yoke).

THE RUSSIAN ALPHABET (continue, page XII)


Russian

Pronunciation
English
AK-NOTE

, (1)

tchairkĕss

Tcherkess Circassian

That's a nationality.
(1) Remember NOT to aspirate with .

, tchĕck

check, bill (French: cheque)

 
, foorgohn luggage-van (French: fourgon)  

,

tchecka Tcheka

That's a grenade's safety pin

, (2) absolute

absolute

(2) is long German ü in this word

, (3)

shiarLatan

charlatan, quack

Remember - L means "cLear"

, shassee

chassis, carriage

 

, (4)

tchie (as in pie)

tea  
, shòffiorr

chauffeur, driver

is always stressed

, ghenneraL general

That's an army rank

,

telefohn

telephone  
, (5) meddeetseena medicine

(5) no aspiration with

, tseerk circus

French: cirque

, roza rose

That's a flower


(1) = ch or tch.
(2) is long u (as in mute).
(3) corresponds to our sh (as in short).
(4) The ( with an accent) is used only after a vowel.
It is also called : short i. We shall note it by i.
(5) represents tss (not dz).