The Russian Alphabet

Russian alphabet consists of 33 letters divided into 10 vowels, 21 consonants and 2 letters which do not designate any sounds. Each letter can be either capital or small. The letters can also be printed or handwritten.

Pronunciation of the Russian Alphabet
Click on the red letters to hear their name pronounced.


Click on the play button below to hear the whole alphabet pronounced at one bout.

NOTE: Do not confuse Russian letter names with sounds designated by those letters. For a list of Russian sounds, please read the pronunciation lessons on Russian vowels and consonants.

Russian Cursive Alphabet

Let's take another look at the Russian handwritten alphabet. You will find that it is very different from print letters and you need to pay special attention to how the letters are connected with each other. The benefit of knowing Russian cursive letters is that they are much faster to write as compared to print letters.

Additional Resources

Now that you know the Russian alphabet, we strongly recommend that you read the following essential lessons to get a better idea of the Russian sound system:

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