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Shortcut to Reading Russian – Quickly Learn to Read Russian

September 28th, 2010

Reading Russian can be an intimidating proposition, but it turns out the the Cyrillic alphabet (the official name of the Russian alphabet) isn’t so hard after all. Really, anybody can learn to read Russian fairly quickly given the right approach. If you look through the alphabet, you’ll see quite a few letters you recognize. Some of those a pronounced exactly as you would expect (for example, A – T – O – M spells “atom” in Russian and in English. And “k” is like our “k” as well. So, “Koma” is how Russians spell “coma”.

But other letters in the Cyrillic alphabet that look like English letters have unexpected pronunciations. H sounds like our “N”, for example. “B” in Cyrillic sounds like a “V” sound. So, although those can be confusing for your brain at first, they’re still easy enough. The toughest ones for beginners are usually the completely foreign-looking letters, like Ж and Э. But with the right method, those are easily absorbed as well. The trick is to see them in the context of other letters you know. For example:

The MiraЖ Hotel in Las Vegas is my favorite hotel.

Or: Why is my car on the street? You should have parked it in the garaЖ.

So, from context, we see that the Russian letter Ж must be pronounced as “zh”.

If I told you that the Russian letter “C” is pronounced like our C, in the words “Face” and “Citrus”, could you then read th following Russian word: Массаж

That’s right. “Massage.”

Is reading Russian really that tough?

Let’s try to learn one more new, alien-looking letter from context:

McDonalds is my фavorite фast фood restaurant.

Did you guess that the Russian letter ф is pronounced just like our “F”? So now, you should be able to read the following (or should I say, “фollowing”) Russian word:


As in, Can I borrow your camera? I want to take a фото of my dog and send it to Grandma.

So, фото is the Russian word for photo.

It’s beyond the scope of this article to teach you the whole Russian alphabet. But I simply wanted to show you that it isn’t hard, if you’re taught the right way. If you like this approach and would like to truly master reading Russian, please check out the Russian Accelerator course! I highly recommend it!

Russian Reading Videos – How to Read Russian Part 1

July 12th, 2009
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I devised a way to remember the Russian alphabet in no time flat, and I’d like to show it to you today. This is Part One of my Russian Reading Video Series. Learning to read the Russian alphabet really isn’t that difficult at all. You will find a link to Part Two of the series just below. After finishing both parts. You’ll want to check out the Read Real Russian Signs Videos #1 and #2 for a taste of what it is really like when visiting Russia.

Russian Reading Video Part Two
Read Real Russian Signs Video #1
Read Real Russian Signs Video #2

Compared to some languages (Japanese/Chinese) reading Russian can be easy… Sure, if your goal is to master reading to the point where you can face-off with a native speaker, then – true – you’ve got a lot of work ahead.

If you prefer video instruction, then watch the video above on how to read and pronounce each letter in Russian’s Cyrillic alphabet.

As I often do, I want to employ contextual learning to embed the sounds on a deeper level. The great thing about this method is it’s easy, natural, and the most effective.

All BIG BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS are Russian letters. The first round is easy because they look the same and sound the same as their English counterparts. Part one of the Read Russian video series covers approximately half of the letters. Let’s get started…



Оpen wide, said the doctor, and say…

Аhhh .


So, the English word TAKOMA would be spelled: TAKOMA in Russian, as well.

Let’s note right here that the Russian versions of these letters have few if any variations in pronunciation. The same absolutely CANNOT be said of the English versions. How many sounds can you make with the English ‘O’ for example? Women? So and ‘o’ in English can be pronounced ‘ihh’? There’s only two variations in ussian for an ‘O’. Either the ‘Oh’ sound of ‘Open” or an ‘Ah’ sound, as in “Say ahh.”

Here’s the next batch…

БaseБall is perhaps the most popular sport in America.

Сeptember is my birth month, but…

Нovember is my favorite month.

Лaugh out Лoud!

Пretty Пlease, with sugar on top?

Рonald Peagan was the 40th President of the United States.

Вampires are scary!

Фotoshop is a great program.

Let’s play with these a bit before going on. The following will be English words sound out using the Russian alphabet. The answers are at the end:








How’d you do? Ok, let’s the next set…

Дavid and Гoliath

Гarden of Eden.

Хa Xa, very funny.

Read Russian Video Part Two


Russian Reading Videos | How to Read Russian Part Two

July 12th, 2009
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This is part two of my Russian Reading Video Series. The order in which you go through them is not critically important. But it’s probably best that you start with Russian Reading Video Part One.

In Part one of the series you learned aproximately half of the Russian alphabet. The show must go on.. so here goes.. Part II

The MiraЖ in Las Vegas is my favorite hotel.

Зippidee do dah!

Шotgun wedding.

Чinese Фood is delicious!

Яtzee is a game played with dice.

Уps, I Did It Again is Brittney’s best song!

Еsterday is the Beatle’s best song!

We’re almost done. One more round after this. Let’s play with our new letters. The answers, again, will be at the bottom:








Here’s the final batch of Russian letters for you:

Ё dude, whassup! Or: My favorite toy is a Ё Ё .

Иk, a mouse! Or: Иster egg!

OЙ vei, what a headache! Or: G.I. Joe is my favorite toЙ.

Эpcot Center is better than Disney World.

Ю2 is a great group, but I’m not a big fan of Bono.

WhaЦ up, dude?

Ыk, another mouse!


Let’s play with these newest ones, and then get to the answers:




Ok, here’s the answers to all the words I wrote out:

СНО = Snow

БОН = Bone

ФАР = Far

БАР = Bar

ПРО = Pro

ЛАМП = Lamp

МАРС = Mars

ГАД = God

ЕС ОР НО? = Yes or no?

ЧУ СЛО = Chew slow.

ГАРАЖ = Garage

ФЛАШ = Flash.

ЯДА ЯДА = Yada yada.

ХОТ ДОГ = Hot dog.

ЭГ ЁЛК. = Egg yolk.

ЭКСКЮЗ МИ! = Excuse me!

ТОЙ СТОРИ. = Toy Story.


Finally, here’s a few sentences written in English, but using Cyrillic letters to spell out the words. Think of it as a final exam. Give it a try:

Хай! Май нэйм ис Марк. Ай рили лайк стадиинг рашен. Рашен ис сач эй кул лангуэдж, донт ю агри? Уэл, ай хоп зис артикл хэлпд ю!

I hope you learned a bit about Russian pronunciation and how to read Russian.

Reading Russian Signs Video Part 1

July 12th, 2009
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I’ve put together this video that will be good practice if you have already studied my Reading Russian intro video part 1 and Reading Russian intro video part 2. This video covers reading real signs that you are likely to encounter in your every day life in Russia or Ukraine.

The Russian Sign Reading Video part 2 can be found here.

Read Russian Video Part 1

Read Russian Video Part 2

Reading Real Russian Signs Part Two

July 12th, 2009
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This is the second video in the Reading Real Russian Signs video series, where I show you a variety of signs on the streets that you better know how to read if you are headed to Russia or Ukraine.

The Russian Sign Reading Video part one can be found here.

Read Russian Video Part 1

Read Russian Video Part 2