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Russian Accent

Russia is an enormous country with most of the population to the far west, which is near a number of other Slavic countries that have a lot of accent elements in common. Significant elements of Russian accents carry over into the accents of the rest of the former USSR - the former Soviet block still shares languages and accents.


Russian Accent Learning Materials

  • The Russian accent materials include recordings of AccentHelp coach Jim Johnson guiding you through learning the accent, using the text, as well as a number of recordings of native speakers. Jim gathered these recordings over the course of many years - bringing the experience back to you in this download.
  • You'll get four versions of the written materials: a PDF file to print or read on a standard computer, a large-format PDF for portable reading devices, and MOBI for Kindle and EPUB for other portable readers.
  • This accent is appropriate for productions of You Can't Take It With You and other plays. You also hear it in films like Reds and White Knights.
  • These Russian accent materials are appropriate for a lot of other Slavic countries as well, especially the surrounding countries that used to be a part of the USSR: Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Maldava, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbajan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Audio files (74.7MB, 76 minutes)

  1. Introduction to Sound Placement, Intonation and Helpful Hints for speaking with a Russian accent (6:14)
  2. Consonant sound changes for a Russian accent (18:42)
  3. Vowel sound changes for learning a Slavic accent (8:43)
  4. changes in Diphthongs for speaking with a Russian accent (1:28)
  5. Alternate Pronunciations of words in a Russian accent (3:35)
  6. Wrap up to Russian accent training (1:40)
  7. Russia Female reading (1:36)
  8. + her conversation (5:09)
  9. Stravroposi Russia Male reading (1:13)
  10. + his conversation (4:09)
  11. Georgia (Slavic) Male reading (1:35)
  12. + his conversation (4:09)
  13. S Central Russia Female reading (1:25)
  14. + her conversation (4:02)
  15. Russia Male reading (:59)
  16. + his conversation (3:41)
  17. Russian Male conversation (8:15)

Most of these recordings are made "in the field" so you will hear such things as birds, cars or other people in the background. A transcription of the conversations is included to help you follow along.