Russian alphabet to English

Russian alphabet to English is one of the most popular online searches related to the Russian language.

If you were looking for that too, we prepared a table for you where every letter of the Russian alphabet is given its corresponding sound in English.

Due to the fact that not all the Russian letters have their corresponding sounds (some Russian sounds simple do not exist in English), the table also includes additional explanations and actual sounds of the Russian letters (audio files).

Click on any letter to learn more about how to pronounce it and to practice it in syllables and words.

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Russian letter Transcription Pronunciation Sound
А a [ a ] like a in far
Б б [ b ] like b in box
В в [ v ] like v in voice
Г г [ g ] like g in goat
Д д [ d ] like English d
Е е [ ye ] like ye in yes
Ё ё [ yo ] like yo in yogurt
Ж ж [ zh ] like s in pleasure
З з [ z ] like z in zoo
И и [ ee ] like ee in free
Й й [ ï ] like y in yoga
К к [ k ] like c in call or k in key
Л л [ l ] like l in like
М м [ m ] exactly like English m
Н н [ n ] like n in no
О о [ o ] like o in not
П п [ p ] like p in part
Р р [ r ] like r in rock-n-roll
С с [ s ] like s in stop
Т т [ t ] like English t
У у [ u ] like oo in book
Ф ф [ f ] like f in fly
Х х [ kh ] like h in hat
Ц ц [ ts ] like ts in its
Ч ч [ ch ] like ch in cheese
Ш ш [ sh ] like sh in shampoo
Щ щ [ shch ] like ch and sh together
ъ [ ] does not have its own sound
ы [ y ] between oo and ee
ь [ ' ] does not have its own sound
Э э [ e ] like e in end
Ю ю [ yu ] like you in you
Я я [ ya ] like yu in yummy