Russian letter В в

Russian letter: В в

Same look, different sound Order in the alphabet: 3

The Russian letter В is tricky: it looks like the English letter B but sounds like V.

В and Ф form a pair. When at the end of a word, the letter В tends to sound like Ф.

Writing

Printed v.1
В в
Printed v.2
В в
Printed v.3
В в
Cursive
В в
Hand-written
В в

Pronunciation

As in the alphabet
Actual sound
Transcription
[ v ]
How to pronounce
like v in voice
Pronunciation tips

When at the end of a word, the letter В tends to sound like Ф.

Practice with syllables

  • ва
  • во
  • ве
  • ви
  • вю
  • вя
  • вё
  • вэ

Words with this letter

Audio
With stress marks
ва́за
Cursive / Hand-written
ваза
ваза
Transcription / Translation
[ vá-za ]
vase
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
ви́за
Cursive / Hand-written
виза
виза
Transcription / Translation
[ vée-za ]
visa
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
ве́на
Cursive / Hand-written
вена
вена
Transcription / Translation
[ vyé-na ]
vein
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
оли́вка
Cursive / Hand-written
оливка
оливка
Transcription / Translation
[ a-léef-ka ]
olive
Pronunciation tips

The О is unstressed and pronounced like А.
The В is followed by a voiceless consonants, therefore it's pronounced as Ф.

Audio
With stress marks
свет
Cursive / Hand-written
свет
свет
Transcription / Translation
[ svyet ]
light
Pronunciation tips

Practice with a worksheet

Practice the hand-written Russian letter В as well as the syllables and words listed above, with this worksheet: download the worksheet.