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Б and б are the same letter. pronounced like 'b'в is pronounced like 'v'At least that's how it is in Russian. Don't know about other Slavic languages.
Its sound is close to the i in milk. Like i with a twist.
The first is pronounced b (as in boy), the second is known as the "hard sign", a silent letter which determines the pronunciation of the consonant that preceded it. This letter remains in Church Slavonic and in pre-revolutionary Russian, but is no longer used in modern Russian.
Wait until you tangle with the old Slavonic script - something like 40 letters in the alphabet, and a multitude of diacritics and abbreviations! That'll keep you out of mischief.
Some unstressed vowels are pronounced differently to vowels in the emphasised syllable. So a stressed o is a clear o, an unstressed o is more like a muffled a. A stressed e is a clear e, an unstressed e is ye.
In Russian pronunciation only.
Quote from: LBK on July 05, 2011, 10:03:21 AMWait until you tangle with the old Slavonic script - something like 40 letters in the alphabet, and a multitude of diacritics and abbreviations! That'll keep you out of mischief. Indeed. One of the reasons I bought the Old Orthodox Prayer Book was to help in reading Cyrillic script based on the Slavonic I already knew from transliterated Latin letters. I was totally unprepared for abbreviations. Thankfully I found a pdf file somewhere that has all the major ones (and some minor!) written out in full.
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