(C) OLGA KNYAZ & YAROSLAW ROZPUTNYAK, AUTHOR'S RUSSIAN TAPESTRIES, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (C) [ STATE LICENSE #1306 MRC]

Russian  

^^^ Please, visit sponsor of this page - tapestry art from Moscow city ^^^

Cyrillic Alphabet for Your easy learning -
with memorizing tips for instant remembering
2007 composed by Yaroslaw Rozputnyak -  for reasons of mankind uniting:
here is granting possibility to copy free this page to Your personal computer
and use it to learn Cyrillic alphabet to be able to read any Russian / Ukrainian texts

1st step. The similar sounding consonants in Russian and English alphabet
(are You intelligent enough to remember these 16 characters, isn't it?)
Image of character Name of  character
in  alphabet
(click to listen)
Individual  sound
of this character
(click to listen)
Similar sound example  in English English equvivalent
of the character

Memorizing tips to learn fast and remember the character image:

This cell is while not ready
Name sound
b "b" in "book" Bb

Large character in Russian is similar to small one, and small these are similar both in Russian as well as in English

p_ve.gif (968 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
v "v" in "victory" Vv Character in Russian is carrier of sound "v" and resembles some the sound "w", so the Russian character is resembling turned to left side character "W"
p_ge.gif (934 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
similar to "gh" "g" in "good" Gg Character image resembles "hook", that is "h" is some similar to "gh"
p_de.gif (989 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
d "d" in "demo" Dd Image resembles large "dome"
p_ze.gif (955 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
z "z" in "zed" Zz
Just draw image of
mirrored "z" 
under ordinary "z"
Z
Z
p_ka.gif (969 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
k "k" in "king" Kk The same, just not sharp pronouncing
p_el.gif (980 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
l "l" in "love" Ll Turn large  English "L" in mirror direction near at small one and both thesetogether  will be resemling one Russian character
p_em.gif (1020 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
m "m" in "mamma" Mm The same
p_en.gif (979 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
n "n" in "near" Nn Russian character is composed from 2 "n":  one ordinary  "n" and second  "n" is flipped with legs to top of first one "n"&
p_pe.gif (978 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
p "p" in "pen" Pp Character resembles "podium" and gives sound "p"
p_er.gif (972 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
r "r" in "bright" Rr Russian character is just more stable - it is standing at one leg only
p_es.gif (956 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
s "s" in "sun" Ss Only one top half from "S"
p_te.gif (937 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
t "t" in "stem" Tt

The same, but small  character in Russian is the same as large one, and just not sharp pronouncing

p_ef.gif (1006 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
f "f" in "fast" Ff

Character  depictes buttocks, so it must have not pleasant odour meaning, and really it gives sound "f", that is "fie"

p_ha.gif (963 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
h "h" in "hand" Hh

Similar to "H", but Russian character  has narrow middle - perhaps it has narrow waist because means sound "h" ("hungry" character" with narrow waist)

And one exclusive character:
p_tse.gif (987 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
similar to sharp "tts" English equvivalent is absent; German character "z" sound is similar
Namely character is meaning sound of 3 characters and is symlificated hieroglyph from connected these 3 characters arranged as is shown: t  t
    s

2nd step. The 2- and 3-character consonants
having one character sign in Russian alphabet
(4 character compositions - it is really more convenient to write one only character instead)
Image of character Cyrillic name of this character
(in  alphabet)
(click to listen)
Individual  sound
of this character
(click to listen)
Similar sound example  in English English equvivalent
of the character
Memorizing tips to learn fast and remember image:
p_zhe.gif (1007 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
zh second part of "j"(i.e."without d") in "jam" absent, 2rd part of "j" is similar The character is simplificated hieroglif of beetle image - because of buzz  from beetle wings: zh-zzzh
p_che.gif (965 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
ch "ch" in "cheese" ch Namely Russian character is turned and flipped horizontally  from head to bottom Englisn " h"  - "h"-to-"ch"
This cell is while not ready
Name sound
sh "sh" in "ship" sh Hieroglif depicts sound of air going from tire in 3 points - "sh-sh-sh"
p_scha.gif (198 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
sch "st" in "question" sh + ch
(together)
Image is hybrid of above mentioned Russian characters "sh" + "ch" - because of their hybrid sound
3rd step. The vowel characters in Russian alphabet
(just is necessary to understand what namely these characters are doing in text...)
Image of character Cyrillic name of this character
(in  alphabet)
(click to listen)
Individual  sound
of this character
(click to listen)
Similar sound example  in English English equvivalent
of the character
Memorizing tips to learn fast and remember image:
This cell is while not ready
Name sound
"u" in "sun" some sounds of "a" or "u"

ah

p_ye.gif (131 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
yea "ye" in "yes" yea Just in Russian "yea" is only by one "e"
p_yo.gif (965 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
yo "yo" in "York" yo "Your" character = your character
p_i.gif (175 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
short
"i"
"i" in "mix" e Russian "I" is "double I":"I/I
p_o.gif (977 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
short "o" "o" in "pot" short "o"

ore

p_u.gif (974 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
oo "oo" in "cook" oo Transforming way: 'oo' > '//' > '\/' > 'y'
p_iy.gif (152 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
specific sound "i" in "this" or "sit" "i" ( if try to say with wide open mouth) Character image: somebody is standing near to chair - "to sit"
p_e.gif (147 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
similar to
"ea"
"e" in "red" similar to
"ea"
Character image: tongue in mouth with "ea"
p_yu.gif (1002 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
yu "u" in "union" yu Character is "U" - it depicts U-boat
p_ya.gif (973 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
ya "ya" in "yard" ya

Hybrid hierogliph "YA" from sum "Y+A"

4rd step. The specific characters in Russian alphabet
(just is necessary to understand what namely these characters are doing in text...)
Image of character Cyrillic name of this character
(in  alphabet)
(click to listen)
Individual  sound
of this character
(click to listen)
Similar sound example  in English English equvivalent
of the character
Memorizing tips to learn fast and remember image:
p_i_kratkoe.gif (1005 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
y "y" in "yes" y Character depicts going up, that is high -'yy'
p_myag_zn.gif (950 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
name of character in Russian is "sign of softness"- together with  previous consonant  the "sign of softness"gives soft sound absent Character "Sign of softness" - soft seat is depicted
p_tverd_zn.gif (951 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
this  is sound divider apostrophe( ' ) in words of type:
"o'clock"
absent ( but apostrophe is of similar role) Character "Sign of hardness" - seat is set "hard"
5rd step. The differences in Ukrainian alphabet
(Ukrainian characters - just for curiousity of high intellectual students,
normally these characters are not obligatory even for many Russians)
Image of character Cyrillic name of this character
(in  alphabet)
(click to listen)
Individual  sound
of this character
(click to listen)
Similar sound example  in English English equvivalent
of the character
Memorizing tips to learn fast and remember image:
This cell is while not ready
Name sound
yea "ye" in "yes" yea Character "yea" - yen is depicted
p_yi_ua.gif (950 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
ye "yi" in "yield" ye Two points are present in transcriptional writing of "ye". This one character also has analogue in French language - ancient connection of nations trace.
p_i_ua.gif (125 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
short soft
"i"
"i" in "mix" e "i" in Ukrainian - the same as "i" in "in" and "Ukrainian"(second "i" of word, of course)
p_i.gif (175 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
specific sound "i" in "this" or "sit" "i" ( if try to say with open mouth) If to "sit" - "Ukrainian seat" is folded while
p_ye.gif (131 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
similar to
"ea"
"e" in "red" similar to
"ea"
As Ukrainian "e" is sounding similar to "e in word "shed", so and "shed" translated in Ukrainian("shopah") is similar to "shop" (Ukrainian humour about shopping is touching to both these)
p_h_ua.gif (929 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
specific sound: between not sharp "g" and sharp "h" sound that is similar to "g" in "hieroglif" similar to sharp "h" One "H" might be composed from 4 Ukrainian these. This sound character is one of main differences between Russian and Ukrainian pronunciation
p_g_ua.gif (943 bytes) This cell is while not ready
Name sound
similar to "gh" "g" in "good" Gg "G"(grind) with specially pointed edge

To practise Cyrillic reading - then install at Your PC Cyrillic fonts support and install at least 3 main these - Arial Cyr, Times New Roman Cyr and   Courier New Cyr

This page creating idea was inspirated by stories of the Russia guests  about Cyrillic,
now still in construction

Please, visit sponsor of this page - tapestry art   from Moscow city:

(C) OLGA KNYAZ & YAROSLAW ROZPUTNYAK, AUTHOR'S RUSSIAN TAPESTRIES, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (C) [ STATE LICENSE #1306 MRC]