Sunday, February 15, 2015

Russian Alphabet Song - the official soundtrack from Talking ABC applications



"Песенка про АЛФАВИТ - официальный саундтрек приложения Говорящая АЗБУКА -- Детская песенка из букв русского алфавита. Изучаем русский алфавит легко, быстро и весело."

This song might be for preschool age children, but listening to it sure made it easy for me to memorize a few animals and creatures in Russian while I was studying the Cyrillic alphabet. In no time at all I'd see cute animal pics on Pinterest and be thinking ... ah, what a cute ёж.

While listening to the songs on YouTube I pause and practice typing and sounding out the pronunciation of words in Google Translate. If you make a typing exercise of listening to this video, you'll see юрок has another definition in Google Translate. At Russian Wikipedia (Википедия) note that юрок is short for вьюрок. Also, you can check out Википедия to see why единорог and носорог have рог in common.

The song in this video comes from Jutiful's Talking ABC Russian app in the iPhone store. The apps are available in English, Russian and Ukrainian versions. Incidentally, they have the songs in English and Ukrainian on their YouTube channel also.

I did download the Talking ABC Russian Lite version of the iPhone app. It allows you to listen to part of the alphabet song and see some of the clay animations. In the app every time you flip though to another letter, the narrator says the letter's sound. I think has better quality and design than other Russian alphabet apps I did buy, so $2.99 is a nice price. If you have a child learning either English, Russian or Ukrainian alphabet this app might keep them entertained for at least a few hours.

Another resource you'll find very helpful when you're new to learning the Cyrillic alphabet is the Russian Alphabet page at Learn Russian by RT. The page is set up with graphics demonstrating a word for each letter in the alphabet. The sound recordings have the letter coupled with the Russian word. I noticed that if you click sound icons quickly, you'll hear just the letter.

An idea for increasing your vocabulary or memorizing the names of animals is to make Pinterest into visual азбука and search for the Russian words. Russian speakers will have posted some amazing images. When I looked up акула, I quickly saw images of акула-молот (hammerhead shark), and a китовая акула (whale shark). You can also check for pronunciations of Russian words at Forvo.


акула

бегемот
ворона
гекон
динозавр
единорог
ёж
жираф
зебра
игуана
йети
крокодил
лев
морж
носорог
обезьяна
пингвин
рыба-меч
слон
тигр
улитка
фламинго
хомяк
цыпленок
черепаха
шмель
щука
эму
юрок (вьюрок)
ягуар