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Yura: Pronunciation Series Lesson 2 - Basic Vowels. Hi, everyone, and welcome back to the pronunciation series.
Iva: Did you practice the sounds in Part I?
Yura: We have a few more sounds for you this time. Six vowels only.
Iva: And these are very easy.
Yura: Yes, they’re not that different from English sounds actually. Ok, shall we get started?
Iva: Sounds good.

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Yura: Now, if you’ve got the lessons notes, it’s probably a good idea to read them as you listen so that you can see what sounds we are talking about.
Iva: The first thing to remember is that there’re only six different vowels in Bulgarian. Only six.
Yura: And, unlike the 11 different vowel sounds in English, the six vowels in Bulgarian have one pronunciation each.
Iva: It makes them really easy to remember.
Yura: What we’ll do is to compare them to sounds in English. Ok. The first one is the letter а.
Iva: а.
Yura: а is pronounced like the „a” in „father”. Next, is the letter е.
Iva: е.
Yura: It’s pronounced like the „e” in „best”. Next, is the letter и.
Iva: и.
Yura: It’s pronounced like the „i” in „igloo”. It’s different from the й (и-кратко) we mentioned in our previous pronunciation lesson. й is called in Bulgarian „short и” and indeed is shorter than „и”.
Iva: That is why we pronounce „и” a bit longer.
Yura: Ok, great. The next letter is о.
Iva: о.
Yura: This is pronounced like the „wa” in „water”. It cannot be pronounced like „o” as in English.
Iva: How about the letter у?
Yura: Oh, yes, the letter у. Well, the truth is that the letter у in Bulgarian is like „oo” in the word „tool”. Can we hear a word with this sound?
Iva: Sure. Ухо. This means „ear”. There is one vowel we skipped, isn’t there?
Yura: Yes. It is the letter ъ. It’s pronounced „rn” like in „turn”. Can we hear a word with this sound?
Iva: Certainly. Пръст. This means finger.
Yura: I see.


Iva: Well, that’s all the time we had for this lesson. Thanks for joining us, everyone.
Yura: Keep practicing that pronunciation and we’ll see you next time.
Iva: Ciao, ciao.