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Russian Alphabet (or Азбука – Azbuka) was created at 863 by two Greek brothers Cyril and Methodius. Therefore there are some similarities at Greek and Russian alphabet. Originally it contained 43 letters, some of that were using for describing numbers. After several reforms Russian alphabet has changed and now it contains 33 letters. Some of this letters – for example, Щ, Ы – are quite difficult to pronounce, but you will be able to do it after several repetitions.
A quick way to understand and remember Russian alphabet is to associate every letter with the word in English with the same sound inside. Here is a Russian alphabet with an examples of such English words (sounds are marked bold).
You can see the whole alphabet with sounds here: http://www.learnrussianlanguage.ru/understand-russian-alphabet
Good luck in learning Russian!
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