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In Russian language unstressed vowels are shorter than stressed ones. Besides that, such vowels as А, О, Э and the vowels denoted as and ‘Е’, ‘Я’ change their pronunciation. In this lesson we will examine pronunciation of unstressed ‘е’.
Vowel Reduction: Unstressed Е
When unstressed ‘е’ appears at the beginning of the word and after the letters ‘ъ’ and ‘ь’, it specifies the diphthong [йи]:
ено́т – yee-nót
съеда́л – syee-dál
After vowels and consonants unstressed ‘е’ is not different from ‘и’:
ребро́м – rib-róm
без на́с – biz-nás
поеда́л – pə-ee-dál
зна́ет – zná-it
Please, watch the video to know how to pronounce final unstressed ‘е’ and to listen to the correct pronunciation of Russian words with unstressed ‘е’.