Russian letter Й й

Russian letter: Й й

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Despite looking like the Russian vowel И, the letter Й is a consonant.

It sounds like a very short version of И.

Writing

Printed v.1
Й й
Printed v.2
Й й
Printed v.3
Й й
Cursive
Й й
Hand-written
Й й

Pronunciation

As in the alphabet
Actual sound
Transcription
[ ï ]
How to pronounce
like y in yoga
Pronunciation tips

Practice in syllables

  • йо
  • йа
  • ай
  • ой
  • ей
  • яй
  • юй

Words with this letter

Audio
With stress marks
йо́га
Cursive / Hand-written
йога
йога
Transcription / Translation
[ yó-ga ]
yoga
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
йо́гурт
Cursive / Hand-written
йогурт
йогурт
Transcription / Translation
[ yó-gurt ]
yogurt
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
диспле́й
Cursive / Hand-written
дисплей
дисплей
Transcription / Translation
[ deesp-léï ]
display
Pronunciation tips

Foreign word, Е sounds closer to the original, like Э, Л stays hard.

Audio
With stress marks
йод
Cursive / Hand-written
йод
йод
Transcription / Translation
[ ïot / yot ]
iodine
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
сейф
Cursive / Hand-written
сейф
сейф
Transcription / Translation
[ séïf ]
safe
Pronunciation tips

Practice with a worksheet

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