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Russian language: no more bullshit
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RE: Russian language: no more bullshit
The "o" to "a" thing you are mentioning @AceP, is a normal and standard pronunciation rule, not a dialect/accent thing. Basically all unemphasised Os should be pronounced as As. People in Moscow are a little bit more lazy with this, but I would rather put this on a local-slang level rather than as an accent/dialect thing. An educated muscovite in a formal setting will still pronounce the emphasised Os.

As far as accents/dialects are concerned, I think the differences are minimal, considering there are 250 million Russian speakers. If you look at German or Italian, which have far fewer native speakers, the variation of dialects are just impressive, not so with Russian.

What you do have, as far as I can tell, are accents mostly by non-native or non-exclusively native Russian speakers. Ukrainians for example are known for having trouble saying "Г" and will pronounce it much more like an expired "h". This tendency will be stronger in Western Ukraine where people have Ukrainian as a mother tongue, but to a certain extent will happen in Eastern Ukraine as well, even where people have Russian as a mother tongue. There's also a whole range in between, as rural areas in Ukraine often speak a mix of Ukrainian and Russians (Суржик).
Similarly, caucasians and central asians will have their distinctive accents which may come from the fact that Russian isn't their native language, or even if they are native Russian speakers, because everyone else talks with this accent in their republic.

But inside Russia itself, and barring the cross-border influence of some of the other nationalities in the FSU, I don't think there is much accent / dialect variation. There is one standard language and the regional differences are minimal, as far as I have been able to find out. Anyone with fluent Russian who can weigh in on this?
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
RE: Russian language: no more bullshit - Банин - 05-31-2018 08:53 AM

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