As you may know, Russian is written in the Cyrillic alphabet , unlike English, which is written in the Latin alphabet (A, B, C). The kids in my pen pal club used Cyrillic letters to address envelopes to their pen pals. They said it was like writing in code! If you like playing with codes, give Cyrillic a try.
To get you started, here are the 33 letters of the Cyrillic alphabet and their sounds. With our feeble 26 Latin letters, we have to pair up some to make sounds like sh and ch. Cyrillic has special letters for these combinations. Russian spelling and reading are a snap because every letter makes its own sound and sticks to it. No long and short vowels, soft and hard c, or any of that stuff -- what you see is what you get!
Just for fun, try sounding out the Russian words below, one Cyrillic letter at a time. You should get the Russian word you see next, spelled in Latin letters. When you can say the word and know what it means, you're ready to impress your friends!