Russian letter З з

Russian letter: З з

New look, familiar sound Order in the alphabet: 9

The letter З looks like the digit 3 and sounds like the English Z.

З forms a pair with С where З is voiced and С is voiceless.

At the end of a word or followed by a voiceless consonant, З sounds like С.

Writing

Printed v.1
З з
Printed v.2
З з
Printed v.3
З з
Cursive
З з
Hand-written
З з

Pronunciation

As in the alphabet
Actual sound
Transcription
[ z ]
How to pronounce
like z in zoo
Pronunciation tips

At the end of a word and followed by a voiceless consonant, З sounds like С.

Practice in syllables

  • зи
  • за
  • зе
  • зо
  • из
  • оз
  • ез
  • аз

Words with this letter

Audio
With stress marks
замо́к
Cursive / Hand-written
замок
замок
Transcription / Translation
[ za-mók ]
lock
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
газ
Cursive / Hand-written
газ
газ
Transcription / Translation
[ gas ]
gas
Pronunciation tips

З at the end of a word sounds like С.

Audio
With stress marks
до́за
Cursive / Hand-written
доза
доза
Transcription / Translation
[ dó-za ]
dose
Pronunciation tips
Audio
With stress marks
за́мок
Cursive / Hand-written
замок
замок
Transcription / Translation
[ zá-mak ]
castle
Pronunciation tips

Unstressed О sounds like А.
Pay attention how the change of the stress changes the meaning of this word.

Practice with a worksheet

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