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emka 10-17-2020 11:01 AM

To PaulVDV: Languages
Hi Paul, Thank you for your nice words.
One thing is to learn something, e.g. languages, but quite another is to maintain this knowledge. In my Middle East trip in autumn I could read quite well (I mean decipher) in Farsi and in Arabic, but now I have all forgotten. So it is important to have constant contact with the language. Every day, I listen to the podcasts or vlogs in three or four of six foreign languages I learn and I observe quite a progress in listening comprehension. (Dutch is not included up to now but who knows?).

I am happy that you and Gert found it interesting enough to try to read. It was my goal :). As to o in Fiodorovich. O is written here big or small, it is not important. But what you hear as the first o is, in fact, a single letter yo, written by a letter e. In modern Russian it is e with two dots, that are usually omitted (Федор). In old Russian the letter e has something like apostrophe.
Have a nice (?) day. In Warsaw, it is raining and lockdown.

PaulVDV 10-25-2020 04:10 PM

Hi Malgo,

I didn't know that in Russian alphabet the 'o' can sometimes be pronounced as 'yo',
That reminds me that in Bulgaria the 'я' is pronounced as 'ya'.
Before I went there I always wondered how an inverted 'r' could have been pronounced. The 'я' seemed so strange to me :)

PS: You really have a love for foreign languages.

All the best !

emka 10-25-2020 07:32 PM

Hi, There are four such letters:
е is pronounced ye,
ё is pronounced yo,
я is pronounced as ya,
and ю is yu.
On the other hand, e is written э.
32 signs altogether.
Bulgarian alphabet is the same,
Ukrainian has two different letters: i and ї.
Have a nice new week


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