Basic Rules of Russian Pronunciation

Rule #1

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


(colloquial, often negative)

  • to speak without thinking, make rash promises that will not be fulfilled, to throw words around
  • to speak lightly
  • to waste breath (words)
  • to talk to the winds

Не бросай слов на ветер! - Don't throw your words around!

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Random Russian Word


[bal’shoj] – больше

big, large; great; grown-up

  • по большей части – for the most part
  • я не большой любитель балета – I'm not a great ballet fan
  • I'm no expert in this matter – большая буква
  • capital letter – capital letter
  • большой палец руки (ноги) – thumb (big toe)
Russian pronunciation rules
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Russian Piece of Music

Николай Носков - “Я тебя люблю”
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Random Russian Joke

Судья спрашивает подсудимого:
- Подсудимый! Вы признаёте свою вину?
- Нет!
- Ну, на нет и суда нет!

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