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    Е, Ë and Э caracters

    What's the difference between Е, Ë and Э.

    Which caracter do you use for the following sounds:
    hey, page, late (é in french)
    chair, air, (è in french)
    delete, mecanism (e in french)

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    Re: Е, Ë and Э caracters

    Quote Originally Posted by snorkyller
    What's the difference between Е, Ë and Э.
    These are three different letters, that's the difference. =)

    Quote Originally Posted by snorkyller
    Which caracter do you use for the following sounds:
    hey, page, late (é in french)
    chair, air, (è in french)
    delete, mecanism (e in french)

    Thank you!
    hey, page, late (é in french) = хэй, пэйдж, лэйт
    chair, air, (è in french) = чэир (of course, it sounds not exactly like that, but more closely to эи), эир
    delete, mecanism (e in french) = дэлит, мэканизм
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    Re: Е, Ë and Э caracters

    Е marks iotated e-sound, while Э does not.

    In writing: мера (е shows the softness of the preceding consonant), мэр (the consonant is hard).

    Ё marks iotated o-sound.

    More facts:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ye_(Cyrillic)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yo_(Cyrillic)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_(Cyrillic)

    hey, page, late: usually ей is used, эй exists as a variant for not confusing with similar words or to avoid wrong iotatation.
    chair, air: there is no unanimity here. Some transliterate like эй, some transliterate like э. Usually, it is needless to write э after ч like in chair, it is е instead.
    delete, mechanism: e here also. If you want to be precise, и in delete and э in mechanism.
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    Re: Е, Ë and Э caracters

    Quote Originally Posted by snorkyller
    What's the difference between Е, Ë and Э.
    These different letters of the Cyrillic alphabet denote three different sounds:

    1. Е roughly sounds like "ye" in the word "yesterday"

    2. Ë roughly sounds like "yo" in the word "yogurt"

    3. Э roughly sounds like "e" in the words "well" and "bell"

    Hope it helps.

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    Re: Е, Ë and Э caracters

    Russian letter Е in some words sounds like "ye" but in some words (especially foreign) sounds like "e" (Э).
    Moreover letter Е is almost always used instead of Ё. Ё is used in dictionaries and books for children and foreign students.


    Do not confuse Russian letter Э with Ukrainian letter Є and euro sign € !

    Ukrainian and Russian letters have different pronunciation.

    Ukrainian Е approximately equal to Russian Э
    Ukrainian Є approximately equal to Russian Е


    Thousand years ago E, Є, Ё, Э were the single letter E(Є) equivalent to Greek letter Epsilon (Εε)


    é in french — approximately Е
    è,ê in french — approximately Э
    e in french — very approximately Ё

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    Re: Е, Ë and Э caracters

    Everything is clear!

    Thank you for your precise explanations!

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