Alphabet 2--The Russian Alphabet

LetterLetter NameEnglish EquivalentSounds Like
А а"ah"А аLike "a" in car
Б б"beh"B bLike "b" in bat
В в"veh"V vLike "v" in van
Г г"geh"G gLike "g" in go
Д д"deh"D dLike "d" in dog
Е е"yeh"YE yeLike "ye" in yet
Ё ё"yo"YO yoLike "yo" in yonder
Ж ж"zheh"Zh zh

Like "s" in measure or pleasure

or "g" in beige (the color)

З з"zeh"Z zLike "z" in zoo
И и"ee"EE eeLike "ee" in see
Й й"ee kratkoyeh"I i or Y ylike "y" in boy or toy
К к"kah"K kLike "k" in kitten, "c" in cat
Л л"ehl"L lLike "l" in light
М м"ehm"M mLike "m" in mat
Н н"ehn"N nLike "n" in no
О о"oh"O o

Like "o" in bore (when stressed)

Like "a" in car (when unstressed)

П п"peh"P pLike "p" in pot
Р р"ehr"R rLike "r" in run (rolled)
С с"ehs"S sLike "s" in Sam
Т т"teh"T tLike "t" in tap
У у"oo"U uLike "oo" in boot
Ф ф"ehf"F fLike "f" in fat
Х х"khah"H h, KH kh

Like "h" in hello or like

the "ch" in Scottish loch or German Bach

Ц ц"tseh"TS tsLike "ts" in bits
Ч ч"cheh"CH chLike "ch" in chip
Ш ш"shah"SH sh (hard)Like "sh" in shut
Щ щ"schyah"SH sh (soft)Like "sh" in sheep
Ъ ъ

"tvyordiy znahk"

(hard sign)

--Letter before is hard
Ы ы"i"I iLike "i" in ill
Ь ь

"myagkeey znahk"

(soft sign)

--Letter before is soft
Э э"eh"E eLike "e" in pet
Ю ю
YU yuLike "u" in use or university
Я я
YA yaLike "ya" in yard