Go to this website and follow the link. http://www.languageguide.org/im/alpha/ru/
1) Place your cursor over each letter to listen to the alphabet as it's spoken.
2) Practice writing each letter, using both printed cases and cursive cases.
This site even includes a basic quiz to test your ability to put the alphabet in order.Assignment:
-Listen to this for 10 minutes day for 30 days and you'll have learned it permanently.
-Write the alphablet 3-5 times each day for 60 days and you'll have learned it permanently.
If you have problems with Real Player then use one of these alternate sites instead: http://www.languagehelpers.com/members/russian/online/languagehelper.html
(Just hit the "next" button until the alphabet appears. Click on each letter to listen.)
Or, try http://www.masterrussian.com/blalphabet.shtml
if those two don't work.Notes:
A) Each of these websites pronounce the C
letter as "ehs" like an English S. The Cyrillic C
does take the place of an English S, true. But if you will remember that it can be either "ceh
" or "ehs" words depending on usage you may find that words will flow easier and are easier to learn.
Just two quick examples: the Russian word for soup is суп
and is spoken as "suup." Try starting that word with an "ehs" sound and you'll murder it. Use "ceh" and it will flow nicely. Example two, take a common word for souvenir which in Russian sounds like "sue-vah-ner." The "ehs" sound just doesn't cut the mustard. Again, "ceh" flows nicely.
B) The two alternate websites say there are 11 vowels and 20 consonants. Ignore that. We'll teach you a very simple and quick way to learn the vowel sounds (5 hard and 5 soft = 10 paired vowels) very soon.
C) Alphabet letters 10 and 11 look like a backward English N, or "И
" as in the girl's name Irina (Ирина). Letter number 10 is pronounced just like "E" and number 11 just like a very long-long-long "E." In addition to a sound (the long E) number 11 also has a name: "E Krat-kah." Sometimes you'll hear it referenced by it's name instead of sound. But make a very long EEEEE and you'll be fine. (Number 11, that long EEEE, is never in caps so you can learn the lower case printed form and lower case cursive form and be just fine.)
For now just concentrate on learning to sound and print/write the alphabet.