Russian letter Ы

Russian letter: ы

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The letter ы is the trickiest letter of the Russian alphabet, at least for the English speakers, as there is no such sound in English.

There are no words in Russian starting from the ы, therefore we don't display it in big caps. In transcriptions it is often shown as y.

Many beginners sometimes confuse ы with ь. Pay attention, the ы has a separately standing vertical line at the end which no other Russian letter has (and there is no l in the Russian alphabet).

Writing

Printed v.1
ы
Printed v.2
ы
Printed v.3
ы
Cursive
ы
Hand-written
ы

Pronunciation

As in the alphabet
Actual sound
Transcription
[ y ]
How to pronounce
between oo and ee
Pronunciation tips

Put your lips in the position for ee but start pronouncing oo. The resulting sound should remind you a sound that one would make being hit in the stomach.

Practice with syllables

  • бы
  • гы
  • ры
  • зы
  • лы
  • ны

Words with this letter

Audio
With stress marks
чи́псы
Cursive / Hand-written
чипсы
чипсы
Transcription / Translation
[ chéep-sy ]
chips
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
шо́рты
Cursive / Hand-written
шорты
шорты
Transcription / Translation
[ shór-ty ]
shorts
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
джи́нсы
Cursive / Hand-written
джинсы
джинсы
Transcription / Translation
[ dzhéen-sy ]
jeans
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
ты
Cursive / Hand-written
ты
ты
Transcription / Translation
[ ty ]
you
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
вы
Cursive / Hand-written
вы
вы
Transcription / Translation
[ vy ]
you (plural)
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
мы
Cursive / Hand-written
мы
мы
Transcription / Translation
[ my ]
we
Pronunciation tips

Practice with a worksheet

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