Russian letter Я я

Russian letter: Я я

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The letter Я is the last letter of the Russian alphabet. It looks like flipped R and sounds like yu in yummy.

When in a sentence by itself, it means I.

Writing

Printed v.1
Я я
Printed v.2
Я я
Printed v.3
Я я
Cursive
Я я
Hand-written
Я я

Pronunciation

As in the alphabet
Actual sound
Transcription
[ ya ]
How to pronounce
like yu in yummy
Pronunciation tips

When it follows a consonant, the consonant becomes soft.

Practice with syllables

  • мя
  • тя
  • дя
  • ля
  • бя
  • ся
  • яг
  • пя

Words with this letter

Audio
With stress marks
я́ма
Cursive / Hand-written
яма
яма
Transcription / Translation
[ yá-ma ]
pitfall
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
яд
Cursive / Hand-written
яд
яд
Transcription / Translation
[ yat ]
poison
Pronunciation tips

Д at the end sounds like Т.

Audio
With stress marks
я́блоко
Cursive / Hand-written
яблоко
яблоко
Transcription / Translation
[ yáb-la-ka ]
apple
Pronunciation tips

Unstressed О sounds like А.

Audio
With stress marks
ба́ба яга́
Cursive / Hand-written
баба яга
баба яга
Transcription / Translation
[ bá-ba ya-gá ]
baba yaga (Russian fairy tales character)
Pronunciation tips

Practice with a worksheet

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