Most dictionaries or grammar books don’t offer a transcription and I don’t know any Russian publications that use the Latin script instead of Cyrillic.Also, if you plan to visit Russia as a traveller, it could be very helpful to know how to read the script.I would say that these are the six trickiest letters in the Russian alphabet because we associate a different sound with them. After a few exercises you will get used to reading them correctly.
Sometimes it’s really funny how a famous name looks like written in Cyrillic. If you find it difficult to find Russian articles, simply open up the respective article in English and switch to the Russian version which you can find in the left navigation column.
It’s easier for us to retain things that we read AND hear.
Many of them regretted that they hadn’t learned a bit of the script because Moscow is an international city and they feared that the “script situation” might get worse once they travel to smaller towns.
So even if you don’t plan to learn Russian itself, I highly recommend getting familiar with the Cyrillic script if you plan a trip to Russia.
All you need is a rainy weekend and a positive mood!
The Russian Cyrillic alphabet comprises 33 letters – that’s 7 more than the Latin alphabet.
When somebody asks me what my major at university is and I tell them that I study Spanish and Russian, they often reply “What? And since the script is (somehow) unknown to us, it gives us the impression that Russian is difficult.
But once we get familiar with the unknown script and get over this first barrier, we can dive into the language and enjoy it like every other language.
In this post I want to give you some bits of advice about how you can easily tackle this barrier and get familiar with the Cyrillic script.
By the way, you don’t need to speak Russian to make use of these tips!
It’s like learning the Latin alphabet back at school. For example: go to the Wikipedia article about the cities and towns of Russia by population and you will find a list of the biggest Russian cities in both English and Russian.