Did You Know #4

Did you know that the Russian alphabet has 33 letters and is made up of letters from the Cyrillic script. The Cyrillic script is a writing system used across Eurasia, but more in Eastern Europe. It’s based on the 9th century AD, Early Cryllic alphabet by Preslav Literary School in the First Bulgarian Empire. It also has influence in other alphabets of various languages. An example would be those of Orthodox Slavic origin, or languages influenced by the Russian. The Cryillic alphabet use to be based on the Greek uncial script, but went through heavy alterations in the early 1800s, by Peter the Great. As of 2007, Cyrillic became the third official script of the European Union; Greek and Latin being before it. Over 280 million people use this as their alphabet; half of them being Russian or of Russian descent.

Russian alphabet used today:

  • А – а
  • Б – b
  • В – v
  • Г- g
  • Д – d
  • Е – e / he
  • Ё – ë / yë
  • Ж – zu
  • З – z
  • И- i
  • Й – y
  • К – k
  • Л – l
  • И – m
  • Н -n
  • О – o
  • П – p
  • Р – r (rolled r)
  • С – s
  • Т – t
  • У – u
  • Ф – f
  • Х – h / kh
  • Ц – ts
  • Ч -ch
  • Ш – sh
  • Щ – shch
  • Ъ – “
  • Ы – y
  • Ь – ‘
  • Э – e
  • Ю – yu
  • Я – ya

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