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Great PaulVDV 2020-10-17 1:59

Hello Malgo,
The big bell in the WS is colossal in size. The many visitors give a good indication of the size of the church and the bell.
In your main photo, the writing at the bottom of the dome shows a calligraphic beauty.
I've learned the Cyrillic alphabet before my trip to Bulgaria and later to Macedonia / Serbia ... But both times afterwards I forgot the spelling of a few letters.
Here I tried to read some words you mentioned in your note. It seems to me that the 'o' of 'Fodorovicha' was written in a different way three times. Or is this the aesthetics of a language?
Best regards, Paul

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Old 10-17-2020, 11:01 AM
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Hi Paul, Thank you for your nice words.
One thing is to learn something, e.g. languages, but quite another is to maintain this knowledge. In my Middle East trip in autumn I could read quite well (I mean decipher) in Farsi and in Arabic, but now I have all forgotten. So it is important to have constant contact with the language. Every day, I listen to the podcasts or vlogs in three or four of six foreign languages I learn and I observe quite a progress in listening comprehension. (Dutch is not included up to now but who knows?).

I am happy that you and Gert found it interesting enough to try to read. It was my goal . As to o in Fiodorovich. O is written here big or small, it is not important. But what you hear as the first o is, in fact, a single letter yo, written by a letter e. In modern Russian it is e with two dots, that are usually omitted (Федор). In old Russian the letter e has something like apostrophe.
Have a nice (?) day. In Warsaw, it is raining and lockdown.
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Hi Malgo,

I didn't know that in Russian alphabet the 'o' can sometimes be pronounced as 'yo',
That reminds me that in Bulgaria the 'я' is pronounced as 'ya'.
Before I went there I always wondered how an inverted 'r' could have been pronounced. The 'я' seemed so strange to me

PS: You really have a love for foreign languages.

All the best !
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Hi, There are four such letters:
е is pronounced ye,
ё is pronounced yo,
я is pronounced as ya,
and ю is yu.
On the other hand, e is written э.
32 signs altogether.
Bulgarian alphabet is the same,
Ukrainian has two different letters: i and ї.
Have a nice new week

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