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How to pronounce Russian place names?

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Hi, How do I pronounce the names of the following Russian cities? Rzhev, Khaborovsk, and is there somewhere where the correct stress is on place names? Thanks
asked Jan 16, 2013 by dsimiller (160 points)

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Hi dsimiller,

Rzhev is pronounced [Rjief] and it's written in Russian Ржев. To be able to pronounce the sound ж you can check the alphabet section on Masterrussian:

Khabarovsk is pronounced [Khabárafsk] and it's written in Russian Хабаровск. To be able to pronounce the sound х, you can also check the same section.

There's no correct stress on place names, their pronounciation has to be learned to heart.

answered Jan 16, 2013 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)
selected Jan 16, 2013 by dsimiller
Ok,thanks for that guys,its just that recently I've heard for instance Khabarovsk,pronounced KharBARovsk,KHARbarovsk and even khabaROVSK and Rzhev both Rzhev and RzhOV.Although I have a very basic knowledge of Russian there has always so it seems to me to be confusion re stress on place names.Orel is another oity I've heard pronounced Orel and ORYOL,even on Russia Today. Thanks for your answers,looks a great site you have here Regards