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    On Pushkin Street

    This is off the Pimsleur Level I CD's. Оля tells me this should be 'на Пушкинской улице,' but no matter how many times I listen, I hear an 'е' on the ending. Am I hearing it wrong or is it being mispronounced? I also included 'on Tver' street' in the recording. I can clearly hear the 'ой' there, perhaps because of the stress.

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    Re: On Pushkin Street

    Grogs, he really says Пушкинской. It's just reduction, because this syllable is unstressed.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Vowel reduction. The vowel is like the vowel in English sofa. an uh-sound, followed by the sound for й which is like a y, sounding like nap

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    Срасибо Оля и chaika.

    I could have spent a month looking at 'Пушкинской' with the list of pronounciation rules in front of me and I probably still wouldn't have pronounced it right. That seems to be the strength of the Pimsleur CD's to me. I can just shut off the analytical part of my brain and memorize how to pronounce things. Then, later, once I've figured out how those words are spelled, it helps me figure out how to pronounce similar words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grogs
    Спасибо, Оля и chaika
    "Срасибо" sounds rather indecently in Russian.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Quote Originally Posted by Grogs
    Спасибо, Оля и chaika
    "Срасибо" sounds rather indecent_ in Russian. - You want to use the adjective form 'indecent' here.
    I don't think I even want to know. My Russian book says it takes the longest to learn letters like 'ж' and 'ц,' but it's the letters like 'р' and 'н' that kill me. I wonder if I'll start writing english words wrong once I get them ingrained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grogs
    I don't think I even want to know.
    Sorry, I didn't understand it. What don't you want to know? That "сра" sounds indecent? Or that "р" is not "п"? Maybe it's because my English is too bad, but, sorry, I didn't understand you.
    In Russian, all nationalities and their corresponding languages start with a lower-case letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Quote Originally Posted by Grogs
    I don't think I even want to know.
    Sorry, I didn't understand it. What don't you want to know? That "сра" sounds indecent? Or that "р" is not "п"? Maybe it's because my English is too bad, but, sorry, I didn't understand you.
    I don't think I even want to know (what срасибо means because it's probably bad.) In other words, it's probably better I don't know what the word means and just remember not to write it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Quote Originally Posted by Grogs
    Спасибо, Оля и chaika
    "Срасибо" sounds rather indecent_ in Russian.

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