Have you ever wondered whether you pronounce the first letter in the word деньги correctly?
Let's take a look at some pronunciation rules in Russian and find out.
🔴 THE BASIC RULE:
There are vowels in the Russian language that soften preceding consonants. The letter "е" is one of them.
◽️ деньги - the letter д in the word деньги is softened because it is succeeded by a softening vowel "e". So д sounds like [dz]. Just like you would pronounce it in the middle of the word godzilla.
◽️ день - similarly doesn't sound like [d] in the word den (lion's den) but rather like [dz] in the word godzilla.
Some other words with softened д:
[dz] at the beginning of a word:
◽️ дерево - a tree
◽️ девушка - a girl
◽️ дед - grandfather
◽️ дети - children
◽️ девять - nine
◽️ десять - ten
◽️ делать - to do
◽️ деталь - a detail
[dz] in the middle of a word:
◽️ идея - an idea
◽️ здесь - here
◽️ одежда - clothes
◽️ одеяло - a blanket
◽️ сделка - a deal
◽️ лидер - a leader
◽️ отдел - a department
◽️ падеж - a grammatical case
◽️ видеть - to see
◽️ неделя - a week
◽️ сидеть - to sit
◽️ сиденье - a seat
◽️ видение - a vision
◽️ индейка - a turkey
◽️ надежда - hope
◽️ чудесный - wonderful
[dz] at the end of a word:
◽️ где - where
◽️ везде - everywhere
◽️ нигде - nowhere
[dz] at the end of some declined words in expressions like:
◽️ на заводе - at the factory
◽️ в моде - in fashion
◽️ по правде говоря - to tell the truth, actually, as a matter of fact
📌 To help you see how this bright and beautiful sound works here are some more examples in English :
[dz] at the end of some English words:
A SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON:
Let's take a look at the expression Добрый день! - the first "д" in the word Добрый isn't softened because it is succeeded by the letter "о", which, in its turn, is NOT a softening vowel in the Russian language. But the "д" in the word день is softened and sounds like [dz] because it is followed by "e".
Well, I concentrated only on the softening "e" in this post but there are other softening vowels like: я, ё, ю, е, and и that soften preceding consonants and of course let's not forget about the soft sign "Ь" too.
And, of course, there are exceptions: letters ж, ш, ц are NEVER softened.
🔴 THE MAIN POINT TO REMEMBER:
Whenever you see the softening vowel "е", please know that the preceding consonant is definitely softened (if it's not an exception, of course).
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