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    Soft consonants

    I don't quite get this. ля doesn't sound the same as лья, and yet all the ь does is make the л soft. But я is a soft vowel, meaning it should soften the л itself, right? What's the difference between a softened consonant with ь and just a consonant preceding a soft vowel?

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    I would say ля is pronounced as one sound because one syllable while лья is two distinct sounds but pronounced together as one syllable. I hope this is making sense to you.
    Maybe someone will post a recording of the two sounds.
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    OK this should be in pronunciation and accent.

    Ь seperates the Я from the Л.

    ля = льа
    Soft L, then A

    лья = льйа
    Soft L then Ya

    Я is jotated in Лья as it is not attached to a consonant.
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    Ok, I get it. Thanks

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