Russian

Pronunciation and Intonation

Needless to say, pronunciation is important for language learning. If your pronunciation is good, you will always impress people, and they will communicate willingly with you even with the limited vocabulary or grammar. If your pronunciation is terrible, people might have trouble understanding you, and most likely they will not be willing to communicate.

 

Pronunciation is more like a physical skill. You must train the muscles of your face, mouth, and neck to work correctly. The best way to do it is to train like an athlete or a musician. In other words, pronunciation requires training!  If you want to be understood by people, why don’t you work on your pronunciation.

The following videos aim to help Russian learners understand the Russian sound system, get some essential practice with the sounds that are difficult  for foreigners to pronounce, and also help understand the Russian intonation patterns.

This video introduces the essential aspects of the Russian sound system: stress and the pronunciation of vowels. It provides a detailed explanation of how to pronounce stressed and unstressed vowels. It includes a few phonetic exercises. Recommended for the beginning level.

This video introduces the essential aspects of the Russian sound system: voiced and voiceless consonants. It provides a detailed explanation of the pronunciation rules affecting consonants: final devoicing and consonant assimilation. It includes a few phonetic exercises. Recommended for the beginning level.

This video introduces the essential aspects of the Russian sound system: soft (palatalized) and hard (non-palatalized) consonants. It provides a detailed explanation of how to determine and pronounce hard and soft consonants. It includes a few phonetic exercises. Recommended for the beginning level.

This video is for your practice with the hard and soft consonants. It's important to pronounce them differently. Replacing the hard consonants with soft (and vice versa) could give you a strong foreign accent as well as make a difference in a word meaning. Try to do your best with your pronunciation!

This video is for practicing sibilants Ш, Ж, Щ, Ч, Ц. It shows how to avoid the common mistake in pronunciation of always-hard Ш, Ж, Ц and always-soft Щ, Ч. Recommended for students of all levels who wants to improve and master pronunciation.

This video is for your practice with the challenging consonant pair Ш-Щ. It's important to pronounce Ш and Щ differently. Replacing the hard Ш with soft Щ (and vice versa) could give you a strong foreign accent as well as make a difference in a word meaning. Try to do your best with your pronunciation!

This video is for your practice with the challenging consonant pair Ы-И. It's important to pronounce И and Ы differently. Replacing the hard Ы with soft И (and vice versa) could give you a strong foreign accent as well as make a difference in a word meaning. Try to do your best with your pronunciation!

This video is for your practice with the challenging hard and soft consonant "Л". Replacing the hard Л with soft Л (and vice versa) could give you a strong foreign accent as well as make a difference in a word meaning. Try to do your best with your pronunciation!

The intonation is crucial in Russian. It impacts your understanding and, therefore, communication. This video is a guide to help you understand different intonation patterns or contours that exist in the Russian language. I explain the intonation contours (IC) or интонационные конструкции, show you how they are pronounced, and give you an opportunity to practice with me in order to improve your pronunciation. The explanation and instructions in the video are in English; however, all the examples and practice are all in Russian. Recommended for the beginning and intermediate levels.

This video is a guide to help you understand different intonation patterns or contours that exist in the Russian language. 

This video is a guide to help you understand different intonation patterns or contours that exist in the Russian language. 

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E-book: Russian Pronunciation Guide for Beginners

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Russian Pronunciation Guide for Beginners is your first step towards your good pronunciation. It is created to help learners understand the Russian sound system, rules of pronunciation and, therefore, focus on pronouncing Russian words correctly. It includes 45 audio files with effective imitation and listening exercises that can help you sound as close to native Russian as possible.

E-book: Russian Intonation Guide: Intonation Contours

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Russian Intonation Guide: Intonation Contours is created to help you understand and practice different intonation patterns or contours that exist in Russian. It is made for beginners; however, it can be useful for anyone who needs clarification, better understanding and practice with pronunciation. This is your step to sound as close to native Russian as possible.

It includes 16 pages of simple text and graphics, 31 audio files with clear native pronunciation, 15 effective exercises to practice your listening skills and understand the intentions of the speaker and his attitude. 

 

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