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Russian alphabet help? Answered

With Russian being my 9th language that I'm learning, it is the hardest alphabet(of the ones WITH alphabets to learn) to memorize. To any native speakers or fluent Russian speakers, I need help memorizing the alphabet. If you can, try to help me. Thanks,



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Best Answer 10 years ago

Despite several years of Russian courses, I still can't recite the Russian alphabet as such, "ah, beh, veh, geh..." all the way through to "ya."

What I have done is familiarize myself with pieces of it - the first four letters, the mid-sequence that runs like the English: l m n o p (...no "q"...) r s t u (...f ???), etc.

It helps me to divide the Cryllic letters into sub-groups -

- the ones that are just like English, at least in printed capitol letters:
A  K M O T

- the ones that look like English letters, but behave differently in Cyrillic:

- the ones that are mirror-images of English letters:
N & R

- the ones that are like Greek letters:
the greek equivalents of G D L P F ( plus the afore-mentioned P & X )
(not that I speak Greek at all, but a scientific background gets a person some familiarity with the Greek alphabet);

- and the ones that are just purely Cyrillic:
(not shown :)

To truly memorize the Russian alphabet (like I should have done :), you'll proabably have to do the sorts of things you did to memorize the English alphabet, back in kindergarten and first grade:

- put a large poster showing the alphabet up somewhere where you'll see it all the time.

- recite it out loud, over and over and over.
(If you can make up or find an "alphabet song" tune to sing it to, so much the better)

- write it out (preferably all four versions :), over and over and over

- get a recording of someone reading it out loud, and play it over and over and over

By the time you are heartily sick of every letter in the whole darned alphabet, you should have it well memorized. :)


10 years ago

If one of the languages you already know is Greek, it may help to remember that the Cyrillic alphabet is derived from the Greek alphabet. (I'm definitely neither native nor fluent; I can sometimes manage the phonetics and I have a few isolated words but that's it.)


Answer 10 years ago

That's how LizzyAstro managed to translate enough cyrillic to order dinner for us in Moscow. Knowing Greek letters helped enormously.


10 years ago

Are you fluent in your eight other languages?