How to pronounce letter O


I'm learning Russian and I'm having some trouble. I see the letter "O" being pronounced as both /o/ and /a/. Is it right? If yes, how do you know when to use the first and when the later?

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deanna | 0 points - over 1 year ago

If it is stressed, it is /o/ most of the time, but if it is unstressed it is schwa, [ɐ] or [a].

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quinton.gutkowski | 0 points - over 1 year ago

As said above, o is pronounced as /o/ when stressed, and as /a/ when unstressed. This is a bit oversimplified, as an unstressed o can turn into different varieties of vowels from /a/ to /ǝ/, but if you put /a/ whenever o is unstressed, you will still be understood.

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dominic | 0 points - over 1 year ago

The Russia letter ‘O’ , when receiving the stress in a word, is pronounced like the English “oh”. Otherwise, if unstressed, it is an ‘a’ (or more to my ear, “uh”). But if the word is unfamiliar, you can’t guess where the stress lies, and thus won’t know which (if any) O gets the stress. In this case, you'll have to check the pronunciation

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