#8 Russian

Spoken as a first language by 154 million speakers, in 19 countries, Russian’s primary country is the Russian Federation.

“Russian is the second most widespread language on the Internet after English.”

“Russian distinguishes between consonant phonemes with palatal secondary articulation and those without, the so-called soft and hard sounds. This distinction is found between pairs of almost all consonants and is one of the most distinguishing features of the language.”

Audio Sources

  • News: tv.rbc.ru/
  • Radio: www.liveonlineradio.net/russia/4a4a-fm.htm
  • Environment: freesound.org/people/nikitralala/sounds/239951/
  • freesound.org/people/bauhaus2006/sounds/87941/

References

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