Well, of course I'm not a native speaker of Russian, but we were told that if the is a ь present, try to pronounce the consonant as if you are about to say a "j"-sound after it (not pronouncing the j of course) – so tip your tongue to the top of your mouth afterwards.

For example: брат -> /brat/ and брать -> /brat(j)/
Also, the ь makes the "a"-sound in брать slightly longer.

Hope this helps, and that I'm not mistaken of course ;D Once again: this is how we learned it in pronounciation class ;)

How is it possible to to pronounce the T while touching the top of your mouth with your tongue? It's like your only doing half the sound of T (without the teh at the end).


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