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The letter "E" pronunciation

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Hello :) I was wondering when the russian letter "E" is pronunced "e".

I've heard that "E" is pronouced like ye in yes but  when I heard the word: в конце, the "E" was pronouced like e in end.

And the other day I've heard that "E" was pronouced like "I".


asked Feb 16, 2014 by PamyuLavigne (120 points)

1 Answer

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Hi PamyuLavigne,

E is pronounced as "ye" in the beginning of words: ель (Yel'), ему (Yemu), etc.

E is pronounced as  "e" or "ie" at the end of words and when is is stressed: на голове (na galavie), в конце (v kantse), белый (bieliy), etc.

E is normally pronounced as "i" when it is not stressed: бежит (bizhit), летит (litit), etc.

Yulia Amlinskaya,
Russian Language Teacher.
answered Feb 17, 2014 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)
Dear Yulia,

Thanks a lot for your valuable comments. I wanted to let you know that the tests you have prepared for the web page have a problem and they dont work.

We would be very glad if you could help resolve the problem,

большое спасибо,
Didem Komendantova
Hi Didem,
Unfortunately, I'm not the admin of the page, I was really sad to know my tests were not working properly...:(
Hi Yulia,

I also wrote an email to the management about the problem, hope they can solve it at the soonest,