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Zdrastvuite, Ya Svetlana! Welcome to Russianpod101.com’s Алфавит Made Easy!
The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn the Russian Cyrillic alphabet: the Алфавит!
In the last lesson we introduced some more Strangers, the most challenging letters of the Russian alphabet. We learned “Й” and “Ц”. Have you been reviewing how to read and write them? I hope you're ready to move on!
In this lesson we’ll learn two more “Strangers” and some more sentences for your notebook!
The first Stranger this time is “Ы”, which is a letter that may be hard to pronounce! It looks like a lowercase Bee and El next to each other, but be careful to recognize that it is a single letter. The sound it makes is “ee”; There is no similar sound in English. Interestingly, there is no uppercase “Ы”, because it is never at the beginning of a word.
Here’s the uppercase.
Ы (print, upper)
And the lowercase.
Ы (print, lower)
Now that we've seen the print version of “Ы”, let's take a look at how to write it by hand.
The cursive version of “Ы” looks like this. As you can see, it's a single, smooth stroke. While it looks a little complicated, it's actually quite natural to write, and it shouldn’t be much of a challenge.
Now let’s write it.
Ы (cursive, lower)
The second letter we'll learn in this lesson looks kind of like the ship from Star Trek: Ю. While it may look strange, “Ю” has a pretty familiar sound. “Ю” makes a combination vowel sound just like the word “you”. In printed form, size is the only difference between the upper and lowercase versions.
Here’s how to write the printed versions.
Ю (print, upper)
And the lowercase.
Ю (print, lower)
Now let's see how to write “Ю” by hand It's written with two strokes. The lowercase looks similar except for size. Many people write it using a single stroke. As you can see, this is more efficient!
Ю (cursive, upper)
And the lowercase.
Ю (cursive, lower)
Great job! Now let's take what we’ve learned so far and look at some examples that we can write!
First up is a fact about a famous Russian – try reading it aloud.
[short pause] Here is how it should sound: “Юрий Гагарин был первым космонавтом.”
Did you recognize the name Yuri Gagarin? Well, if so, then maybe you can guess what it means: “Yuri Gagarin was the first cosmonaut.”
Let's look at each word in the sentence: “Юрий Гагарин” means “Yuri Gagarin”. “был” means “was” and “первым космонавтом” means “the first cosmonaut.” That wasn't too bad was it? Now let’s write it by hand, using the fun-to-write uppercase “Ю”!
Юрий Гагарин был первым космонавтом. (cursive)
Now let's look at a another sentence that you will probably use a lot as a beginner. Try saying the sentence out loud. [short pause] “Я не понимаю.” Did you get it right? The first two words might be familiar: “Я” means “I” and “не” in this case means “don't.” The last word is new, but very important. “понимаю” means “understand.” "I don't understand"
Я не понимаю. (cursive)
That’s it for this lesson. In the next lesson, we'll introduce a few more Strangers. See you in the next Алфавит Made Easy lesson!
Пока Пока


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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What Russian words can you write using Ы or Ю?

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Thursday at 12:17 AM
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Hello Andrew,

спасибо for taking the time to leave us a comment. We are happy to have you here❤️️

I can't attach a picture here but it will have one more hook between а and м, like if you combine a from "Гагарин" and м from "космонавтом".

Kind Regards,


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Thursday at 12:42 PM
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Like Valeri below, I also mistakenly thought Svetlana wrote -am instead of -om at the end of космонавтом.

Could you explain how the connections would look different in cursive [-am] versus [-om]. Thanks!

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Wednesday at 11:47 PM
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Hello Babu,

Yes, it can be smaller. In this video it is a bit bigger just because of personal style of writing.


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Monday at 01:33 PM
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While writing the cursive form for the word "первым", the connecting hook for "м" should have been shorter in size. The way it is shown in the lesson, is confusing for a beginner. Don't you think it should have been smaller in size?

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Monday at 06:21 PM
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Hi Jonas Samson,

She practiced a lot 😄😄😄


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Jonas Samson
Monday at 09:29 AM
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Why is Svetlana's cursive hand writing way better than mine??

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Tuesday at 11:43 AM
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Hi James,

Thank you for posting!

We just verified and the video is working fine.

Please, try again and if you keep having trouble send us an email to: contactus@RussianPod101.com

Let us know if you have questions.

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Thursday at 03:44 PM
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Why won't this video work 😣😣😣😣

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Friday at 01:43 AM
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Hello Jeremy,

You are welcome! 😄


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Thursday at 02:49 AM
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Спасибо! I understand "ы" much better now!