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In this article we would like to discuss an alphabet widely used in Eastern Europe and throughout Northern Asia:
Some of the most widely used Cyrillic languages are:
The various different languages and countries that use the Cyrillic alphabet often have their own local variations.
These are usually differences in pronunciation of particular letters or the use of additional letters in order to write all the phenomes of the language.
Below is the alphabet of the Russian language, the most widely spoken Cyrillic language.
|The Russian Cyrillic alphabet|
|letter||approximate pronunciation||letter||approximate pronunciation||letter||approximate pronunciation|
|А а||[a]||К к||[k]||Х х||[ch]|
|Б б||[b]||Л л||[l]||Ц ц||[ts]|
|В в||[v]||М м||[m]||Ч ч||[tsh]|
|Г г||[g]||Н н||[n]||Ш ш||[sh]|
|Д д||[d]||О о||[o]||Щ щ||[shtsh]|
|Е е||[ye]||П п||[p]||Ъ ъ||*|
|Ё ё||[yo]||Р р||rolled [r]||Ы ы||[ɨ]|
|Ж ж||[ʐ]||С с||[s]||Ь ь||*|
|З з||[z]||Т т||[t]||Э э||[ɛ]|
|И и||[e]||У у||[u]||Ю ю||[ju]|
|Й й||[y]||Ф ф||[f]||Я я||[ya]|
These letters are silent, and serve to indicate whether or not the proceeding consonant should be pronounced hard or soft.
Following vowels are pronounced with an additional “[y]”.
Would you like to learn the Cyrillic alphabet?
We can help you.
We have prepared a
worksheet for the Cyrillic alphabet
so that you can practice writing.
We are delighted about your interest in the Cyrillic script.
We have prepared a few weblinks for you:
Here is the Wikipedia entry about the Cyrillic script.
Are you interested in learning Serbian?
Here you find more information about the Serbian language.
Maybe you start out on studying Russian? We have also prepared an article with information about the Russian language.
Bulgarian is written in Cyrillic script, too.
Do you want to learn more about the Bulgarian language? Follow this link ...