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Re[2]: [sig] Cyrillic question (OOP)

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  • Alexey Kiyaikin
    Greetings! ... Or, to be precise, Ukrainian, unlike Russian, has TWO /i/ sounds and two letters to mark them. The latin letter marks the same sound as in
    Message 1 of 9 , Jan 4, 2003
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      Greetings!
      >
      > It's Kiev in Russian [KEE-yehv], and Kiiv in Ukrainian [KEE-eev]. The way it
      > actually sounds when a Russian says it or a Ukrainian isn't very different to
      > a foreign ear.

      Or, to be precise, Ukrainian, unlike Russian, has TWO /i/ sounds and
      two letters to mark them. The
      "latin" letter marks the same sound as in Russian, that makes the
      preceding consonant soft. The "russian-style" letter, on the contrary,
      makes the sound that corresponds with the Russian sound /y/ (as in
      the Russian words "mysh'"-mouse, "syr"-cheese, etc), that does NOT
      make the preceding vowel soft. That makes the fact that the words with
      the "russian-style letter" (usually with the same spelling) look the
      same but sound differently. That difference has ever created lots of
      funny stories.

      bye,
      Alex.
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