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How to pronounce the Russian letters O, Я, Е, Э in unstressed positions?

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Can I know the unstressed positions where Russian letter O is pronounced like unstressed Russian A. Also when Russian letters Я, Е, Э are pronounced like an abbreviated Russian И. thanks.

asked Jan 16, 2013 by Ali Shawky (160 points)

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Pronunciation of O in unstressed positions is already explained in When is the Russian letter O pronounced as A:

  • молоко [malako]
  • Москва [maskva]
  • золото [zolata]

Russian letters Я, Е, Э are pronounced like an abbreviated Russian И when unstressed:

  • эгоист [ee-guh-EEST]
  • эпоха [ee-POH-khuh]
  • мясной [mees-NOY]
  • весёлый [vee-SYOH-liy]
  • телефон [tee-lee-FOHN]

When an unstressed Я, Е happens in the beginning of a word or after a vowel, the й-sound is added and they are pronounced йи [yee]:

  • яичница [yee-EESH-nee-tsuh]
  • Ямайка [yee-MAI-kuh]
  • еда [yee-DAH]
answered Jan 16, 2013 by Alex (13,670 points)
selected Jan 16, 2013 by Ali Shawky

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