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Is "Ya" ever pronounced as "ah" at the end of the sentence?

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I'm in the very beginning of studying Russian and I've noticed something about the Ya (backwards R). Sometimes at the end of the sentenced it will pronounced with just   ah    rather than  ya. Am i just misunderstanding the pronounciation?
asked Dec 21, 2013 by kt2526 (120 points)

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sound "Я" in most cases, should be pronounced as the first sound in the word "young". I do believe that at the beginning of the study of Russian is not necessary to worry too much about the correctness of pronunciation of voiced and unvoiced consonants, stressed and unstressed vowels. Read as written. Once you have more experience and increase your vocabulary, you will become read correctly
answered Dec 20, 2013 by Porfira (300 points)
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Letter Я after consonants is pronounced  (almost) as А and the consonant normally becomеs palatalized "soften".

When transliterated to the Latin alphabet that is expressed by replacing "я" with "ia" or "ya". For example "Ля" is transliterated as "Lia"  but in fact if you pronounce it like that you produce heavy accent. You can pronounce it as "Lah" but then you get "Turkish" accent instead of English one. If you speak good French though you can pronounce it as French "La" and that would be (almost) OK.

The same happens to letters Е, Ё, Ю - they turn into Э, О, У sounds correspondingly and soften previous consonants.
answered Dec 22, 2013 by it-ogo (18,220 points)