Basic Rules of Russian Pronunciation

Pronunciation Rules

Knowing the Russian alphabet is not enough yet to read Russian words and texts. First you have to learn some rules of pronunciation. Our narrated video lessons will help you learn them quickly and easily. Each rule is presented in detail and provided with examples, transcriptions and narrations by a native speaker.

Ordinary Life in Russia

Random Russian Idiom



  • someone cries often, is inclined to cry, or is ready to start crying: be (always) on the verge of tears
  • be (always) ready to burst into tears
  • be (always) ready to turn on the waterworks
  • be one for turning on the waterworks
  • be about to cry (to burst into tears)
  • one’s eyes are brimming (filled) with tears
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Random Russian Word



neuter, plural – яблоки


  • наливное яблоко – ripe apple, juicy apple
  • глазное яблоко – eyeball
  • Адамово яблоко – Adam's apple
  • яблоко раздора – apple of discord
  • лошадь серая в яблоках – dappled (horse)
  • Яблоку негде упасть – There's no room to move
  • Яблоко от яблони недалеко падает – Like father like son
Russian pronunciation rules
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Russian Piece of Music

Waltz of the Flowers
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Random Russian Joke

Сидит на пригорке заяц и курит. Мимо идет корова и говорит:
- Такой маленький, а куришь.
Заяц отвечает:
- Такая большая, а без лифчика ходишь.

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