The Sounds of Russian is a gentle but thorough introduction to pronouncing Russian and reading the Cyrillic alphabet. No prior knowledge of the language is assumed. The 33 letters of the alphabet are introduced in 12 lessons, in an approach informed by Dr. Ford's 14 years of experience teaching all levels of Russian to university students.
Over 350 examples, recorded by a native speaker in a professional studio in St. Petersburg, provide models of pronunciation, and interactive exercises check your comprehension of key concepts. When you've completed the lessons, practice by reading the names of Russian cities, Moscow subway stations, and famous Russian cultural and political figures.
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As the author of stage dialect books for actors, including A Russian Accent, itself an iBook, I rely on scholars like Professor Ford for The phonetics and phonology of the various languages I deal with. This one is clear and masterful.