The charts below show the way in which the
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pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to Wikipedia articles, see and . Russian distinguishes hard (unpalatalized or plain) and soft ( palatalized) consonants. Soft consonants, most of which are denoted by a superscript ''j'', , are pronounced with the body of the
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raised toward the
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, like the articulation of the ''y'' sound in ''yes''. are always soft, whereas are always hard. See
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Russian alphabet The Russian alphabet ( rus, ру́сский алфави́т, russkiy alfavit, ˈruskʲɪj ɐlfɐˈvʲit or, more traditionally, rus, ру́сская а́збука, russkaya azbuka, ˈruskəjə ˈazbʊkə) was derived from Cyrillic script for Old ...
for a more thorough look at the sounds of Russian.



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See also

* Template:ru-IPA for the
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