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Why is the name of the second letter of the alphabet (and others) pronounced differently by different speakers?

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There seems to be two pronounciations for the second letter.  It is pronounced something like "beh", and also something like "bwoya."   This happens with a number of other letters as well.

Example 1

Example 2


asked Jun 6, 2013 by fractalzen (120 points)

1 Answer

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Dear Fractalzen,

Native speakers can also pronounce some letters in a slightly different way: it depends on many factors, like, for example, the structure of the mouth and the jew, the speaker's voice, if it's a man or a woman. It also happens to native speakers in other countries.


Yulia Amlinskaya,
Russian language teacher.
answered Jun 7, 2013 by RussianTeacher (19,690 points)