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10. Soft Consonants

Soft consonants are consonants that have an additional, secondary articulation – the middle part of the tongue (the body of the tongue, not the tip) rises up to the hard palate, thus these consonants are called palatalized. You know this articulation from the consonant Й or the vowel И – that is the exact position of the middle part of the tongue that you need to replicate while articulating Russian soft consonants. In other words, try to say [i] as you are pronouncing these consonants.

Watch the video and repeat out loud, pay attention to the position of your tongue.

Exercise 1

Listen to the audio and pic or tap the word that you heard.


нёс - матч - люк - был - пыль - ряд - мило - мясо

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