This is it. Day 1 of Russian.
My first challenge, given that the Russian alphabet is a Cyrillic alphabet, is learning all 33 new letters. The sound of the letters themselves are not too difficult; what takes some getting used to however is that some of these characters look identical to letters in the English alphabet, but have a completely different sound. For example “H” is pronounced “n” or “P” is pronounced “r”.
Now that I feel comfortable with the alphabet, it is a case of phonetically sounding out Russian words – as generally they are pronounced as they are written. As is typical of most beginner courses I’ve obviously covered some important words already… кот (cat), байкот (boycott), дача (country cottage) to name but a few. I’m sure they’ll come in handy at some point in the future, but whether it’s the near future or not is another matter entirely!
Tomorrow it’s everyday phrases and grammar…