ChronoC wrote:I'm having a bit of trouble with the accent, and I realize that I just started with the language but are there any tips? I'm from the southern US and have noted that this makes developing an accent fairly difficult from any of the languages I've studied (not to mention I'm missing parts of my mouth due to cleft palate surgery) I have particular difficulty with the short e sounds Eg: Het
Sometimes grammatical knowledge can help you.
For example, thereʼs never an unstressed o after ж, ш, щ, ч and ц and the letter ë is always stressed. So if you see a world like “самолёт” or “мyжeм” (instrumental case of “муж”) you immediately know how to pronounce it. (an “o” after ж, ш, щ, ч and ц never can be stressed, if you have to stress it youʻd have to write the letter ë because it’s always stressed and an unstressed o after those letters turns to “e”, so as the o in the case ending -oм behind the stem муж- it has to be converted into e)
But unfortunately such cases are not very common and in my opinion it takes a long time to master And even I don’t know all stress rules. However, there only less rules and remembering the right pronounciation (especially in the case of nouns that change their stress in different noun cases) can be really hard.