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    How do you pronounce ь

    I'm having trouble coming up with a way to pronounce the soft sign (ь). Any help would be good.

    I know that it needs to be with another letter to even have a sound. but if you could even tell me how it sounds in the word знать that would be great.
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    Well, you can not pronounce the letter ь because it has no sound. It just makes other letters sound softer (that's why it is called the "soft sign").

    So Знат would have a hard ending and знать has a soft ending... it really depends on the letter it accompanies how it will sound.
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    That makes more sense to me. But I'm still confused. Why do pronunciation guides use a superscript y. Is that just to give some sort of hint on how to make the consonant soft?
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    Quote Originally Posted by youngmatthias
    That makes more sense to me. But I'm still confused. Why do pronunciation guides use a superscript y. Is that just to give some sort of hint on how to make the consonant soft?
    Yes, it is. You can treat "Ь" as a very very short sound [i]. In old slavonic languages this letter (small Yer) denote a very short reduced vowel [ĭ].

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    That's makin' much more sense to me now. Thanks!
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    Тут можно послушать.
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    спасибо!
    That's all I needed.
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