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How are the russian endings -ий and -ь pronounced?

Is the first one pronounced like -и ? What is the sound?

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    You can compare the pronuncation of 2 words: синий и конь.
    http://ru.forvo.com/word/%D1%81%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B9/#ru
    http://ru.forvo.com/word/%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%8C/#ru

    ИЙ would sound pretty the same (well, depending on being stressed or not), but the soft sign can be pronounced quite diffrently depending on its surrounding.

    Hear the difference:
    http://www.forvo.com/word/%D1%81%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B8/#ru – http://www.forvo.com/word/%D1%81%D0%B8%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%B9/#ru

    And about Ь (soft sign)
    http://www.forvo.com/word/%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BD/#ru
    http://www.forvo.com/word/%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%BD%D1%8C/#ru
    Ь doesn't have a sound itself. It's a letter that modify the preceding one and make it softer.

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