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Pronunciation of щ
CameronDate: Sunday, 2013-01-06, 2:31 PM | Message # 1
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I wonder about the correct pronunciation of Russian щ. On many sites they say that it should be pronounced as shch. I listened to the audio and did not hear ch part. I also found a Ukrainian website with pronunciation audio, and I hear the shch. Can anybody make it clear for me?
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OlgaDate: Sunday, 2013-01-06, 3:46 PM | Message # 2
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No wonder you don’t hear ch, because it’s not there. In many courses they present it with 2 different sounds. I think originally it happened, because someone tried to illustrate the difference between ш and щ. And, if you pronounce quickly and casually shch together with a vowel, you will get it: fresh chicken.
But you will get much closer sound if you do the same with shsh: English sheet.


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OxanaDate: Sunday, 2013-01-06, 6:09 PM | Message # 3
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The pronunciation of Russian and Ukrainian щ is different. In Ukrainian they pronounce it shch exactly as in fresh chicken: щітка = brush, що= what.
In Russian though it sounds as soft ШШ. It's always softer and longer than Ш.

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CameronDate: Tuesday, 2013-01-08, 9:51 AM | Message # 4
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Thanks a lot for your answer ladies!
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BikerDate: Friday, 2013-01-11, 12:34 PM | Message # 5
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I read on one forum that in some regions of Russia, for a example in Saint Petersburg, they pronounce щ as shch.
OlgaDate: Friday, 2013-01-11, 12:35 PM | Message # 6
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I am from Saint Petersburg. I assure you that people in Saint Petersburg pronounce this letter very soft as shsh.

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BikerDate: Monday, 2013-01-14, 7:00 PM | Message # 7
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Thank you, Olga! no no respect
OlgaDate: Monday, 2013-01-14, 7:01 PM | Message # 8
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You are welcome! biggrin
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